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