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New Arquia Banca Office in Girona / Javier de las Heras Solé

  • 16:00 - 11 May, 2015
New Arquia Banca Office in Girona / Javier de las Heras Solé
New Arquia Banca Office in Girona / Javier de las Heras Solé, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula + 16

  • Collaborators Architecture

    Salvador Bou Gracia, architect
  • Structures

    Blàzquez-Guanter arquitectes consultors d’estructures
  • Engineering

    Josep Masachs, Proisotec enginyeria
  • Budget / Safety

    Gerard Codina Mas, arquitecto técnico
  • Site Supervisor

    Javier de las Heras Solé, architect
  • Project Supervisor

    Gerard Codina Mas, architect técnico
  • Developer

    Arquia Banca - Montse Nogués Teixidor, Maite Gimeno Pahissa, Berta Toyos Jiménez
  • Contractor

    Joan Illa Casellas Construccions Viladasens
  • Carpentry

    Fusteria Guixeres Joan Guixeras
  • Blacksmith

    Ramón Cabratosa
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula


Arrange a floor plan that comes from adding irregular areas using an orthogonal pattern that will organise the new space in a clear and simple way.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula


Floor plan proportions with a minimalistic facade with one of the facades facing a narrow street produce an interior space with scarce light. This project places the workplaces in the areas with more natural light.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula


The two floor height gives us an opportunity to deeply treat the floor plan. After emptying and tearing down part of the first floor structure, a better lighting and ventilation is obtained, as well as more public interior spaces. Understand these interventions the same way as surgical cut, to cure.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula


By means of the orthogonal pattern, prioritising the natural lighting for the most used spaces and emptying the first floor, we can differentiate the public space from the private space (floor internal use of the company) in a clear way using existing walls and the counter desk disposition that organises the hall and customer care spaces. We propose coexistence between public and private space.


Recover and show the stone walls and use only one material: wood. Wood is a material that because of its characteristics, organic, traditional, is a good match for the natural stone. Adding up this material is a way to relate it with the existing walls. Add elements, in an opposite way, without contact between them. Unlike stone walls, the wood strips sequence it is not a load bearing wall, but a covering and that is the way it is revealed. A horizontal wood strips disposition shows us the way in the waiting area, and the vertical disposition leads our look towards the double space that connects the two floors.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

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Cite: "New Arquia Banca Office in Girona / Javier de las Heras Solé" 11 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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