Un Parell d’Arquitectes
Plaza de San Agustín – Concéntrico 09
The fountain was the last link in the art of taming water and bringing it into the city, before it reached the tap in the house. It was a symbol of urbanity. It was the culmination of a complex system of regulation, collection and distribution. Before being reduced to an element of urban furniture, the fountain was architecture.
An architecture, recurrently lavish, which played a decisive role in the urban configuration and had the capacity to build a place of meeting and social relations. An ephemeral fountain reconfigures the crossroads between the Plaza de San Agustín and Calle Portales. It encloses the hall presided over by the baroque façade of the Palacio de Espartero and bordered by the Palacio de Correos with its pair of towers. At the same time, it recognises this intersection of Calle Portales as a small square, adding a vertical element between the bell tower of the church of Santa María de la Redond and the chimney of the old Tabacalera.
Its quadruped geometry outlines four ornamented concave facades. On each of them, a still life of animals, objects and figures, builds an altarpiece where water, reflections and sound stimulate the exercise of contemplation in the public space and alter the atmosphere of the place.