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127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects In Charge:Eduard Bru, Neus Lacomba, Victor Setoain
  • Collaborators:M. Dominguez, M. Cabo, J. Muñoz, R. Mosquera, M. Rebocho, S. Zapatero
  • City:Barcelona
  • Country:Spain
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© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

Text description provided by the architects. The site was a door in the city wall.

It was a bastion in the third city wall in Barcelona. After this, it became a hospital, a prison, a square and swimming pool.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

It is now a residential building providing social housing and dwellings for the elderly people. There is also a passage and a communal courtyard.

The typological scheme is simple: a central corridor with apartments at both sides. In the corners, special spaces are to be found. In the lower floors public facilities are located.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The volume accomplishes two different urban scales:

First, that of the Raval district. The project creates the small square now called Miquel Pallés, which provides a better natural lighting and ventilation to Carretes street. Moreover, the project incorporates the traditional balcony and blind, which gradually filter a relationship of the public and private domains.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

And second, the building achieves the urban height of the Eixample buildings at Ronda San Antoni, the avenue that encloses the square in an opposite position to the project.

The site is now an inhabited door between the Eixample and the Raval. The project mediates between both, between past and present, between craftsmanship and technology.

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Address:Barcelona, Spain

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Cite: "127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain" 08 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/473498/127-subsidized-dwellings-in-barcelona-bru-lacomba-setoain> ISSN 0719-8884

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