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Local Government Headquarters in Gerona / Fuses i Viader

  • Architects: Fuses i Viader
  • Location: Pl. Hospital. Girona, Spain
  • Architects: Josep Fuses – Joan Maria Viader
  • Project Team: Fanny Rodríguez Masgrau, Santi Vila Planells, Carme Vich Pascual, Jost Dewald, Núria Martín Riera, Dolors Bosch Aragó, Pilar Arbonès Aurich
  • Structures: Blázquez-Guanter/architects
  • Developer: GISA – Government of Catalonia – Girona City Council
  • Real Execution Budget: €33.462.672.40
  • Contract Budget: €46.191.872.99
  • Works period: 2005-2009
  • Area: 51690.15 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba

From the architect. The new building is an abstract framework that revalues the old hospital building and is understood as an enlargement of the existing volume rather than an isolated construction. It has a simple geometry that responds to the neighbouring urban layout.

Elavation 01
Elavation 01

The historic building is rehabilitated by releasing it from the added-on bodies that notably altered its original typology, such as the 19th-century body that obstructed the apse of the chapel or the 20th-century volume in the south-east corner. The project restores very significant elements like the façade on Plaça de Pompeu Fabra, the noucentista sgraffiti of the Magnolia Courtyard or the Baroque ceramic balustrades of the first floor, former halls of the Hospital.

Elavation 02
Elavation 02

The project also emphasises the pedestrian nature of the entire complex and its permeability towards the city with an inner square and a series of covered passageways. It formally reinforces the two main entrances to the inner square and also the singular historical spaces: the neoclassical chapel, now freed of added bodies, and the recovery of the vestiges of the old wall, today buried, which marks a boundary between the Gran Via and the gardens behind the Hospital.

Elavation 03
Elavation 03

The semi-basement required in the rules of the tender becomes an open-plan floor at the level of the inner square, lying 1.50 m below ground level, which allows the 17th-century wall to emerge.

Section 01
Section 01

The overall design of the building incorporates energy-saving criteria, the simplest and most efficient in terms of maintenance: interior courtyards, natural cross-ventilation, static sunscreens and awnings.

Section 02
Section 02

Car parks have been created under the Pompeu Fabra and Hospital squares and under the new building, and the roadways and pavements of these squares and Carrer de Joan Maragall have been redesigned to give priority to pedestrians.

© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:"Local Government Headquarters in Gerona / Fuses i Viader" 17 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/192301/local-government-headquarters-in-gerona-fuses-i-viader/>