The Practice



Loyola University Campus Andalucía

The new Campus for the Loyola University of Andalucía aims, with these new headquarters, to become an established institution in Seville, consolidating the great scope and status that it has achieved both nationally and abroad.

The design developed by luis vidal + architects seeks a comprehensive response to the needs of the client, trying to identify the optimal configuration of the project considering the baseline conditions. This response is the result of an in-depth analysis at several levels: functional, environmental, programmatic, etc. Early on this study, it became clear that we had a challenging site and brief, in an aggressive climate, and with a complex phasing plan.

The answer to all these challenges is a simple operation: few buildings, efficient and optimized, along a central axis. The main concepts of the proposal, in more detail, would be:

  • Centralization: By grouping together related uses and choosing the appropriate typology, we intend to condense and fit in the different programmatic elements, to obtain a reduced numberof fully optimized buildings.
  • Connecting axis: Acts as the guideline for the project phase and helps to organize the circulation between the buildings, serving as a “linear plaza” to which several uses are connected: retail, restaurants, etc.
  • Winter / Summer Plazas: During summer these plazas benefit from the shading of the buildings, generating spaces sheltered from the Western sun. In addition, the presence of water cools down the temperature and creates a comfortable microclimate. During winter the plazas receive the sun’s radiation at its lowest angle and they are also protected from the prevailing winds.
  • Flexibility: Thanks to the centralization of the buildings, some areas remain unoccupied as potential space for future developments. These available areas are intentionally located to receive a longitudinal extension of the buildings, if necessary.
  • Motor Plaza: Facing the main building, this acts as the heart of the University. The plaza is the meeting point, operating from Phase 1, and unchanging during all the following interventions.

Few buildings, efficient and optimized, along a central axis


Place/Date: Dos Hermanas, Seville, 2013
Client: Loyola Andalucía University
Budget: 25 M €
Surface: 29.000 m2
Arquitects: luis vidal + architects
Contributors: Arup, Purificación López (Build. Engineer), Chris Barber (Model maker), Fernando Arenas (Model maker)
Project Status: Project (1st Prize in tender by invitation)
Team: Andoni Arrizabalaga - María Astiaso - Eva Couto - Alba del Castillo - David Fernández Feito - David López - Carlos Peña - Francisco Rojo - Oscar Torrejón - Luis Vidal - Álvaro Mayoral - Patricia Allona - Carlos García Criado - Giovanni Pulcioni