Exhibiting a collection of contemporary artwork alongside displays of tobacco-production equipment, the Cultural Center La Gota serves as a diversified gallery space in in Spain’s Cáceres region. Designed by local architects Losada García Arquitectos, the building displays a permanent collection of paintings by artist Sofia Feliu in addition to a dedicated Tobacco Museum, underscoring the area’s longstanding roots in the tobacco production industry.
The building features five stacked glass volumes that protrude at different angles, which produces balconies on every side while creating a structure that mirrors the nature of a tobacco plant’s leaves and stalk. The façade is lined with terracotta-hued tiles that are organized in a checkered pattern to screen each of the stacked glass volumes. This veil not only permits a flecked source of light to flood the gallery space but also provides exterior illumination at night.
A brightly colored green staircase assembled in the building’s center rises up through each level, creating a dynamic point of contrast with the white-walled interiors. The entry plaza features a vertical garden is the form of an expanse of vegetation, consisting of tobacco plants and other foliage, which occupies an exterior wall that rises up alongside the building.