Due to its original function, this construction is known as "Almacenes del Rey". The body of construction corresponding to the ground floor was built in 1735 with the purpose of storing the woods of the Segura that descended by the Guadalquivir to Seville, hence its proximity to the old Port. Together with the Bullring and the prison (current market), it is on the Olavides plan as one of the primitive extramural constructions that were built in the area close to the river, known as the Arenal.
The Sevillian architect Alberto Balbontín made an extension in 1958, raising two floors of houses on the existing building, with which the building happens to have three floors, so that it was kept in its original state. A crunch of houses was carried out, originating in its implantation a large covered central patio where, until recently, the Damas bus station was located. Access to the bay of homes was organized around the patio.
The lower part of the current building corresponds to the original Almacén del Rey, is built with thick brick walls, open on its three facades with semicircular arches. These walls are crowned by isolated bodies topped by double-curved eardrums, similar to the cattails of churches, and guard towers in the four corners, topped by spherical domes and triangular tympanums. All this provides the whole with a curious representative aspect of the industrial architecture of the Sevillian baroque, and a certain colonial air that we can also find in buildings fortresses of certain towns in the provinces of Seville and Cádiz.
On this body there are two floors of houses, made in the twentieth century. The new façade is set back from the original one, given the great width of the wall, thus highlighting the attics mentioned as cattails and the corners are concave to house the watchtowers. The new façade is crowned with a large molded cornice and, similar to the urban architecture of the Sevillian Baroque, the smooth walls of lime are painted and the salient elements stand out even more in albero color.
These resources to integrate the new with the old are not exempt from skill, endowing (the setback and the concavity of the corners) depth and movement to the facade, while highlighting the original elements with the new façade as a background, what allows to distinguish the old from the new without diminishing the unity of the whole.
Fuente: bdi del Patrimonio Inmueble de Andalucía (Junta de Andalucía)