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14 Social Housing Units In Barcelona / Batlle & Roig Architects

  • 00:00 - 6 March, 2012
14 Social Housing Units In Barcelona / Batlle & Roig Architects
14 Social Housing Units In Barcelona / Batlle & Roig Architects, © A. Flajszer
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Can Bisa, Vilassar de Mar, Barcelona, Spain
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Enric Batlle, Joan Roig
  • Design Architects

    Eva Polío, Oriol Vañó
  • Ceramist

    Carme Balada
  • Technical Architects

    Diana Calicó, Elisabeth Torregrossa
  • Architecture Student

    Marta Ballester
  • Engineer

    Gerardo Rodríguez, Albert Colomer
  • Structural Design

  • Installations

  • Client

    Vilassar Societat Municipal de Promocions Urbanes SA
  • Contractor

  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Can Bisa is a late-19th century mansion now owned by Vilassar de Mar Council. Situated on the Riera de Cabrils watercourse, it occupies part of a street block that used to include a factory, now demolished. Its historic and heritage value and the strategic position it occupies in the town as a whole led the Council to consider it the ideal venue for a cultural facility, completing the complex with a social housing block.

© A. Flajszer
© A. Flajszer

During the implementation of the facility’s programme it rapidly became apparent that it would be impossible to accommodate all the necessary uses in Can Bisa, which is basically given over to council offices; the auditorium, bar and meeting rooms are therefore arranged on the ground floor of the residential building. For the dwellings, the General Plan specified two volumes of different heights, joined to form an L-shape that respects the width of the streets and mounted on a larger base which is envisaged to accommodate the auditorium.

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elevation 01

The aim of the project was to unify the volumes by means of a single sloping roof, construct a continuous façade onto the streets, leading to the dwellings, and lay out the interior volume to encourage interrelation with the mansion. The passage generated between the two buildings becomes the main entrance to the complex.

© A. Flajszer
© A. Flajszer

Its dimensions are more suggestive of a courtyard and, together with the gardens around Can Bisa, it comprises a series of leisure and recreation spaces that complement the activities offered by the facility. Ceramic planters designed specially by the artist Carme Balada serve to organize the complex.

© A. Flajszer
© A. Flajszer

Both the housing block and the mansion are given a textured finish of white stucco, in strips of varying widths. The balconies and shutters are made of metal, with masonry lattices. Part of the old factory is retained in one of the façades to bear witness to its past.

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Cite: "14 Social Housing Units In Barcelona / Batlle & Roig Architects" 06 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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