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DeVillarChacón Arquitectos and Pancorbo Arquitectos used polypropylene rope to wrap the ab oveground part of the largely subterranean Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos Vegas Altas in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain. Photography by Roland Halbe.

The plaza surfaced in treated pine. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Glass separating the climate-controlled restaurant from a perimeter observation area. Photography by Roland Halbe.

An exterior sunshade combining rope with a painted steel arma ture. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Panels allow the entry to double as a gallery for art exhibitions. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Board-formed concrete lines the main stairwell. Photography by Roland Halbe.

The aboveground part is a 69-foot cube. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Apertures along a corridor were molded during construction. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Rope on the facade reduces solar heat gain by half. Photography by Roland Halbe.

A factory that specializes in nautical uses and fishing nets braided the rope. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Its diameter is 5 inches. Photography by Roland Halbe.

The theater awaiting its 800 seats. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Exterior openings to take advantage of a climate that combines Mediterranean sunshine with Atlantic coolness.  Photography by Roland Halbe.

Three colors of fiber composing the rope. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Rehearsal rooms’ polycarbonate enclosures. Photography by Roland Halbe.

A painted steel trough sink for a unisex restroom. Photography by Roland Halbe.

Apertures, framed in powder-coated steel, punctuate the entry’s wall in stretched PVC. Photography by Roland Halbe.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Roland Halbe.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Roland Halbe.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Roland Halbe.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Roland Halbe.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Photography by Roland Halbe.

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