Radio Nacional de España Headquarters / Ravetllat-Ribas

© Roger Casas

Architects: Ravetllat-Ribas
Location: Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas
Design Team: Olga Schimd, Carles Oliver, Miguel Ángel Sánchez
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Roger Casas

Project Area: 4,513 sqm
Structural Engineers: Gerardo Rodríguez (STATIC Ingeniería)
Developer: SEGIPSA – RTVE

The main purpose for the new Radio Nacional de España head office in Barcelona was to solve an administrative program combined with editorial and broadcasting services.

© Roger Casas
The building is a five story volume with rectangular clear geometry. It is located in the ancient industrial neighbourhood of Poblenou, now called 22@. The new head office is integrated in a rehabilitation master plan that wants to boost the zone with new public buildings.
© Roger Casas
We proposed a rectangular floor building with the vertical communications hub located approximately in the middle. That situation allows taking the maximum advantage of the façade’s surface. The hub connects the building with the basement floor, the parking and installation rooms.
© Roger Casas
The façade has a unique modular system capable to provide thickness to the envelope and to incorporate elements for solar light control. That module also involves the solution for the interior screens, dividing the different programs. A service footbridge for cleaning and maintenance covers the perimeter of the four sides of the building, acting also as “brise-soleil” on the required parts. We searched to give natural illumination to every space.
© Roger Casas
The structure arises as a grid of concrete pillars covering lights from 5,50 to 7,00 meters, and concrete slabs for the floor. Inside the grid appears as a fixed element the communication hub that collaborates to the stability of the building. That core is surrounded by services, technical units and installation yards, constituting a central strip around which is distributed the program with screens and dry construction elements.

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Cite: "Radio Nacional de España Headquarters / Ravetllat-Ribas" 02 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>