Text description provided by the architects. The intervention has been performed in the two juxtaposed buildings of a former factory complex, a nineteenth century textile mill located in Barcelona. Rehabilitation of 2 existing and juxtaposed buildings for the location of public facilities meant to serve the neighbourhood, conserving its original factory complex façade –protected in the Architectural Heritage Protection Plan- and conserving the structure of the roof characteristic of the original factory.
Rehabilitation of the factory complex for the preservation of its endangered typology in the heart of the neighbourhood. The goal was to place the requested programme inside the buildings through box like structures separated from the roofs to highlight the existing structure. One of the buildings is an open playground with plenty of light and colour, that maintains the reference of its original structure; the other contains the educational programme, in an existing space that highlights the section and the volume of the original building.
The administrative programme is located in the facade to the factory complex, protected in the Architectural Heritage Protection Plan. The original windows of the facade have been reconstructed with greater fidelity. The educational building is located between the two buildings with coloured boxes that suture both constructions. The big multipurpose room, key in the circulation spaces and playground in the rainy days, shows clearly the original structure of cast-iron pillars and ridge roof of timber trusses.
The green boxes where are located the classrooms connect with the playground and break the long corridor shaped by the administrative zone and the educational zone. Between the boxes there is always a direct visual of the playground from the inside of the buiding.
The metal structure is preserved, adding perforated plates and transforming it in a big pergola to shade the playground. A sequence of different pavements shape the playground, with plenty of color and filtered light.