SMDF Managment House


SMDF Managment House

La Felguera, Langreo


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Taking up a dominant position over the former iron and steel factory, the management house of Sociedad Metalúrgica Duro Felguera stands on some plots near the former chapel of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, in the upper area of La Felguera. It was designed by the municipal architect of Langreo Manuel del Busto as a home for Buenaventura Junquera, who was the general manager of the company between 1902 and 1906.

It is a magnificent building, with a detailed design, in which the scenographic value of its main façade is remarkable. In terms of layout, the building has an L-shaped floor plan, with recesses and protrusions. It is organised in two storeys: the ground floor accommodates the lobby, which communicates with the hall, the dining room, the kitchen, the office, the study and a bathroom. The first floor, which occupied barely a quarter of the building's surface area, housed the bedrooms. The longest longitudinal section is crossed by a gallery on the front, while the side façade, which is higher, houses the entrance door to the house, with a portico supported by square columns with geometric capitals. On the main façade, the section corresponding to the gallery is decorated with groups of three moulded windows, playing with geometric elements in the decorative motifs. The flat roof allows the arrangement of a terrace with a balustrade that surrounds the building. As a singular element, the side façade has a tower-shaped finish.

In the 1930s, the building was refurbished to be used as a residential building for engineers, adding a storey to the longitudinal wing and modifying its internal layout. After several years of disuse, the ownership of the building was transferred to the Langreo City Council and it was refurbished as a school workshop. It was later converted into a hotel and catering establishment, and is still used for this purpose today.

Natalia Tielve García