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Cultural Centre in Montbui / Pere Puig arquitecte

  • 09:00 - 22 May, 2015
Cultural Centre in Montbui / Pere Puig arquitecte
Cultural Centre in Montbui / Pere Puig arquitecte, Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte
Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte

© Rafael Tirado Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte © Òscar Ferrer Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte +20

  • Developer

    Diputació de Barcelona
  • Building Company

    INBISA, SOGESA
  • Surveyor

    Manel Marín
  • Collaborating Architects

    Marta Lucas, Rafael Bosch, Daniel Policani, Núria Sabaté, Marta Closa, Maria Garcia Codina
  • Acoustic

    Ivana Rossell
  • Systems

    Raül Cristóbal ( IMOGEP )
  • Structure

    Agustí Obiol ( BAC Engineering Consultancy Group )
  • Project Managers

    Ània Pluma, Àngel Balaguer
  • More SpecsLess Specs
Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte
Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte

From the architect. Santa Margarida de Montbui was a small municipality that the great immigration wave of the nineteen fifties and sixties turned into a dormitory town on the industrial outskirts of Barcelona.

© Rafael Tirado
© Rafael Tirado

In recent decades it has gradually acquired the basic services that it severely lacked: urbanisation of streets, health care facilities, schools, etc. Still missing though is a cultural centre capable of housing a library, conference room, auditorium and classrooms. In some way, this building represents the end of a trajectory from slum to city.

© Òscar Ferrer
© Òscar Ferrer

In 2008, the stipulations for the tender described an "emblematic building" capable of demonstrating that this was the meeting place for the townspeople, while in turn strengthening the self-esteem of a community that needed it.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Morphologically speaking, the surrounding area is disordered, and the architecture is generally poor. This led us to conclude that a construction of special quality was required here.

© Òscar Ferrer
© Òscar Ferrer

In terms of its position, the building forms the end of the elongated park that runs through the urban area.

Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte
Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte

Its northern facade is conceived as a large glass portico that opens generously onto the park and onto good views over this region of central Catalonia.  On the sides facing east, south and west the facades are more closed, with lattices for sun protection in all the windows. 

Section
Section

Entry is through a large porch that leads to a double-height lobby from which all the major departments can be accessed.

© Rafael Tirado
© Rafael Tirado

The library is located longitudinally along the large window that receives constant natural light from the north.

© Òscar Ferrer
© Òscar Ferrer

In the interior light colours have preferably been used, while the conference and projection room has maple panelling. The multi-purpose room/auditorium has retractable stands and has been treated as a large dark room in order to ensure good visibility for film screenings.

Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte
Courtesy of Pere Puig arquitecte

The facade is ventilated with Omega-Z brand white bi-prestressed concrete panels.  The panels' finish is textured, with letters of different alphabets arranged in bas relief.

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