Architects: BCQ Arquitectes: Baena Casamor Arquitectes
- Area: 1144 m²
- Year: 2008
- Collaborators: Isabel Fors, arquitecta tácnica; Taller d’Enginyeria Ambiental SL, Instalaciones; Jordi Granada, arquitecto, Estructuras
- Client: Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, Distrito Horta Guinardó
- Construction: AND SA de Serveis
- Cost: 1.438.932 €
- Architects: Baena Casamor Arquitectes
- City: Barcelona
- Country: Spain
Text description provided by the architects. The main objective is to achieve a comfortable building for the elderly, a space in which users are comfortable, a place with which they can identify. For this reason, we chose known building materials and finishes, warm and comfortable materials, such as ceramic and wood, and in general, a domestic architectural image.
The shape of the building in plan is carefully adapted to the space available in one of the parterres of the Prince of Girona Gardens. The building is designed closely related to the park. A volume part of the language, of the materials and operation of the park. In fact, we often think of the building as a pavilion in the park, a viewpoint from which users can visually dominate the surrounding activity in the park and on the street.
The ground floor is permeable, one can go through the building through the lobby. In fact, the building is also a new gateway between the street and the park. One of the squares of the park, now paved with wood, will have a new access through the building.
The exposed ceramic roof descends through the minor facades to the ground, and gives the volume an image of a great portal.
The main facades, with glass windows and a wooden lattice, seek a certain kinship with the wooden floors and the urban furniture of the park.