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Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura

  • 01:00 - 24 March, 2009
Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura
Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura

Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Manresa, Catalonia, Spain
  • Architects

    ADD+ Arquitectura - Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertran
  • Collaborators

    J. Maroto, N. Canas, N. Font, E. Grammont, M. Hita, A. Mañosa, A. Marin, M. Rull, J. Palá, M. Berasategui, M. Camallonga, A. Rovira
  • Structure

    M. Cabestany
  • Budget

    US $1,301,558
  • Project Year


From the architect. We'd like to thank the photographer Duccio Malagamba for shearing with us this great photo set. We invite you all to visit his website to see some other projects.

We have understood Manresa as the city that one day settled itself on a hill bordering the river Cardener, in front of Montserrat mountains. The City Hall building stands near the edge of the platform that, occupied by the historic quarter, juts out towards the river and faces Montserrat.

The main facade overlooks the central city plaza, and is the terminus of the main routes that cut through the historic centre. The back facade occupies the limit we are talking about, where the topography drops rapidly down towards the river.

The new communication core in this back facade of the City Hall building, resolves simultaneously the closing of the building, which is nowadays in ruins. Considering its situation in the building, in the city and in the territory, we have focused the tensions of its emplacement into the design of this piece: continuity with the historic quarter and connection with its surrounding landscape.

The proposed stair may be understood as segments of these routes, that crossing the building of the City Hall, pass through it and try to extend themselves further on as cantilevers towards the river. A panorama staircase, an intervention between the city and the territory.

The enclosing wall that creates the spaces of the stair, the elevator, the occasional viewpoints and the existing and future facilities, will adapt its shape to the occupied and necessary spaces, avoiding the generation of emptiness. And it does not pretend to be understood as a cladding added from the outside, but as a material extension of the existing facade that, in some cases, adapts some occasional geometries.

For these reasons, we propose its construction as the re-dressing of a basic structure with materials that dialogue with the existing building and the historic quarter: wood or simply revoked panels, and sometimes glass.

The structure of the staircases and landings is the triangulated facade, and rests on the ground while it is fixed to some frames. This frames, anchored in the building, allow the existing windows to approach the new limits of the facade.

Graft and mutation

In the attempt to transform the conditions of the site, we propose the graft added to the action. This transformation can not be configured a priori.

Graft. Grafts have always a reference to the site, that is neither continuing nor semantic. It is a recycling that creates a symbiosis between project and site.

Action. We believe in the processes that are headed by transforming actions.

The word "action" charges the graft with meaning, concentrates the approaches to the project, and let us propose its own system.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura" 24 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Jamie Bartle · November 23, 2015

Anyone else think of Edvard Munch's The Scream when they saw the first photo?

Nani · November 03, 2010 que treco feio, parece que o prédio tem um tumor

P · May 21, 2010

So much money and effort wasted for such little effect.
It facing backyard!
Beside, structure joints are sooo ugly.

hugo · November 14, 2009

OMG this is the most horrible think that i ever seen.. clearly a tumor growing.. oh.. too bad to be real.. lets put this murder behind bars please....

utopianrobot · June 24, 2009

does the town know there is a tumor growing on the rear of their building? i'm surprised that the city had enough money to pay for something like this or that they agreed to it at all. conceptually it's pretty lame. a simple and functional neo-classical staircase could have easily "closed" the rear and provide adequate views of the landscape beyond. grafting is a strange metaphor too because it implies growth and healing, at least in it's traditional sense but this is more like post-modern ooze pouring out of the rear facade. if it was grafted on i'd like to see the fresh graft and some interesting expansion joints where it touches the original building.

Henry · May 06, 2009

respond creative & artistic impulse...!

You are not so young make so conservative coments ?

Mago · April 09, 2009

where do all the weird shapes come from? what do they respondo to? I mean, they talk about "tensions of its emplacement into the design of this piece: continuity with the historic quarter and connection with its surrounding landscape." But is there anything in the context that may sugest such an agressive reaction towards the city? the decisions are too subjective and the shapes so random that could not be understood without the architects' explanation. Explanations that should be unnecessary if we were talking about objective, clear, clean and good architecture.

LargoJax · March 29, 2009

I agree with Rafael. Put plainly - hideous!

m ss ng v w l · March 25, 2009

it's the love child of grimshaw and tekuto

bc · March 24, 2009

?? yah, like to see something of yours ...

Rafael · March 24, 2009

What is this? 1993?

Nothing to see here, keep moving people.

Opium · March 24, 2009

somebody is seeing too much lebbeus woods

dgman · March 24, 2009

from outside realy nice...inside: not my taste...

odris · March 24, 2009

very good project

richie · March 24, 2009

good work, nice intervention.I like the old, the flat, and the fraction.


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