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  7. Els Arcs / KF arquitectes

Els Arcs / KF arquitectes

  • 15:00 - 2 December, 2015
Els Arcs / KF arquitectes
Els Arcs / KF arquitectes, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    AD400 La Massana, Andorra
  • Partner Architects

    Manel Pallarés, Gemma Aznar
  • Area

    1540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

Text description provided by the architects. Els Arcs ('The Arches') is a multipurpose building is in La Massana, Andorra, at an altitude of 1250m.

Elevation 1
Elevation 1

The local council, the Comú de la Massana, commissioned the building from the winners of the ideas competition.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The plot is trapezoidal in form and defined by the alignment of two streets with a difference in level of 12m.

Fourth Floor Plan
Fourth Floor Plan

The vertical communications core linking the two access levels, on the ground and fourth floors, provides a space where people can interact.

Elevation 2
Elevation 2

The brief combines a variety of uses:

-Children's play area

-Youth club

-Business incubator

-Call center for Andorra Telecom

-Multimedia center

-Local health center

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The project seeks to give a homogeneous urban image to this diverse mix of public and private uses.

Section
Section

The openings that configure the façade are light boxes set on different planes, bringing natural light into the interior while optimizing energy efficiency.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The arches on the ground floor — stipulated in the ideas competition — provide a podium on which the stone volume stands.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The top floor with its multipurpose space has a large east-facing opening, affording fine views of the nearby mountains.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The geometry of the concrete roof is reflected in the interior by plaster ribs which invoke the slopes of the mountains, improve the acoustics and conceal the lighting and other services.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The use of stone and slate and the pitched roofs are clear references to traditional Pyrenees architecture.

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Cite: "Els Arcs / KF arquitectes" 02 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/778132/els-arcs-kf-arquitectes/> ISSN 0719-8884