Julia Tower / Pau Vidal + Sergi Pons + Ricard Galiana

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Architects: Sergi Pons Architecte + + Ricard Galiana
Location: Barcelona,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

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Project Area: 8,391 sqm
Collaborators: Gioia Guidazzi, Diana Sajdova
Consultants: Encarna García, BOMA, L3J, 3dLife, Ambar Fotografia, Artkitech, Estel Rosell
Contractor: Acsa

This project forms part of the urbanization that is taking place in one of the lots left over after the construction of the Ronda de Barcelona, a bypass road, in 1992. A sports centre, a residential development and an old people’s home will all share the same space, creating a public area that will stretch from the street to a square giving access into the different facilities.

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A prominent feature in the city’s northern quarter, Torre Júlia rises up to a height of 17 floors.

There are three areas in the building. Each community has a larger space assigned, where users carry out most of their collective activities. These spaces, the core of the proposed project, figure plainly on the building’s frontage, which is wrought entirely in concrete and works as a cantilever beam.

© Adrià Goula

Wide corridors overlooking the city, stairs in all outdoor places, double-spaced areas and sun-shaded terraces configure a building that is intended to give elderly people an opportunity to socialize and engage in community activities.


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Cite: "Julia Tower / Pau Vidal + Sergi Pons + Ricard Galiana" 18 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=283113>
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  • Jose García

    The main expresive space of the building, the staircase, is merely ornamental. Being the project an eldery aparments, their dwellers won´t use it, everybody knows that old people and staircases are not good friends. So that, I think this project has a serious planning mistake.

    • Amaury Henderick

      It’s not a questions of having one or the other. In the sections it’s clear this building has three elevators. This doesn’t nullify the need for stairs. There are no stairs inside the tower’s core, adjacent to the elevators – the traditional way of integrating them… But they are still necessary for evacuation, so they need to be somewhere. Might as well make a facade feature of them… why not?

  • zahi

    innovative design

  • http://www.renderingofarchitecture.com Raul Alfaro

    Más que curioso proyecto multi-funcional. A primera vista recuerda más a propuestas más norte-europeas alejadas de la tranquilidad y calma mediterranea que suele acompañar a las propuestas nacionales. Personalmente creo que hay cabida para todas las opciones y como no para ésta también. La disposición muy buena y atractiva teniendo en cuenta que es fácil de ver desde la Ronda de Dalt, zona de paso de muuuuuuuuchos barceloneses.

    MOLT BONA FEINA. Enhorabona desde Barcelona.