85 Sheltered Housing Units for Senior and Public Facilities / GRND82

85 Sheltered Housing Units for Senior and Public Facilities / GRND82

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  • Architects: GRND82
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8925
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009
  • Photographs Photographs:  Adrià Goula, Jordi Castellano
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Airfal
  • Promoter:Patronat Municipal de l’Habitatge
  • Structure:BaseDos S.L
  • Installation:Consulting Lluís Duart S.L
  • Running Address:Carles Bima Bima & Partners SL
  • Project Management:Sergi Serrat + Roberto González
  • Building Company:Construcciones San José
  • Budget:€ 6.962.222,33
  • Architects In Charge:Sergi Serrat, Ginés Egea, Cristina García
  • City:Barcelona
  • Country:Spain
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© Adrià Goula
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Text description provided by the architects. The mixed program of housing and facilities was determined by high economic restrictions that obliged us to maximize the best part of the site: the spectacular views of Barcelona and the ocean beyond. Orientation and topography defined the initial design. Facilities resolve the topographic jump and become a platform from which the south-facing housing units rise in an L-shape.

Taking advantage of the Mediterranean climate, each unit is provided with a large terrace that organizes the program of the space. This terrace is understood as an empty space, an excavation of the white mass of the building volume. Its size exceeds the scale of the apartment inside and establishes direct dialogue with the rest of the building as well as the city. The units alternate floor to floor, thus forming across the façade a staggered chessboard pattern of white and black that cloaks the building in a distinctive texture.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

These terraces condense the life inhabiting them. They expose the domestic activities of the users to the city beyond, like the central courtyard of the houses of the Algerian Kashba translated onto the vertical plane. Each user makes the space their own. The collection of actions and activities of the inhabitants remains integrated in the volume of the building through the interior position of the terrace. The architecture is saturated with daily life, and shows itself to the city as such. White covers everything, from the individual curtains to the façade as a whole, unifying the building like the snow on the distant horizon.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
© Jordi Castellano
© Jordi Castellano

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Address:Carrer de Can Travi, 08035 Barcelona, Barcelona, España

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Cite: "85 Sheltered Housing Units for Senior and Public Facilities / GRND82" 25 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/786055/85-sheltered-housing-units-for-senior-and-public-facilities-grnd82> ISSN 0719-8884
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