The Gran Casino building of Vila-real city started its construction in 1910, providing the city with an important social platform where the members of high social status could gather. It was, in this way a silent witness to important events of the city.
Through time, this building has undergone many physical transformations to adapt to the demands of its inhabitants. It has served as a bank, as the headquarters of a bullfighting club, and as a space for community college.
In 2015, the Gran Casino and Tagoba theater were acquired by Vila-real town hall with the intention to bring it back to its former glory, to bring back a space that becomes the epicenter of social and cultural interaction, consequently triggering new activities around it. The renovation aims to piece back together a highly fragmented building, as a result of partial adaptations serving temporary purposes.
A big sense of responsibility comes with having the opportunity to intervene in a building of many layers of historical relevance, built by the people and for the people. A building that citizens have made their own, as descendants of previous generations, as pedestrians in the streets as beholders of the city landscape, and as social beings.
We strongly believe that taking care of old buildings is crucial to the public good, even if that entails demolishing walls and revealing something that wasn’t shown before. Preservation is understood as an always radical act.