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Council Sport Complex / Vora Arquitectura

  • 00:00 - 17 November, 2008
Council Sport Complex / Vora Arquitectura
Council Sport Complex / Vora Arquitectura, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula + 15

  • Architects

    Vora Arquitectura - Pere Buil Castells & Jordi Fornells Castelló
  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Filipe Araújo, Ricardo Borges (lisboa), Arnau Boronat, Rubén Heras, Sónia Bom, Iñigo Ribera, Sónia Gaspar (barcelona)
  • Structural Engineer

    Manuel Arguijo y Asociados
  • Services

    Grupo JG
  • Competition Year

  • Client

    Foment de Ciutat Vella
  • Contractor

    Acciona Infraestructuras
  • Area

    2655.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. The Council Sport Complex is a building situated in a zone with a number of important developments in recent years with others pending. The complex is important for the revitalisation of the neighbourhood, which is historically a run-down area and also has to contribute to the integration of all social strata to the area through wellbeing and its use of sporting activities.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The building completes the urban block bounded by two different public open spaces. Architecturally the project strategy starts from the existing conditions that made it especially complex i.e. the integration of two buildings with strong identities, the sports pavilion (from the nineties) and the industrial building of the 19th century. The main effort of the architects was to arrive at a compact and coherent functional whole that volumetrically maintains the reading of the three bodies that form it: the two existing buildings and the new construction that contains the swimming pool, all formally autonomous.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The industrial building that was in fairly poor condition has been refurbished in the spirit of the original and its defining characteristics. The main façade by was rehabilitated, recuperating the original colours of plaster, and a central double height space, where the owners had the sales hall, opened up. This space has been refurbished with sensitivity, maintaining the spirit of the original and recuperating a roof lantern that had covered the central space. On the other façades, in worse disrepair due to multiple interventions throughout the years, the work consisted of the recuperation of the order of the original openings, giving a unified patina that allows the injuries of the past to be seen in a subtle way.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The new building is materially and formally austere. The façade is made from exposed in-situ concrete, giving a texture that is a homage to the start of the textile industry in Catalonia in this area of the city. The texture has come from a specially combined formwork of timber planks of different characteristics.

© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

The principle space, the swimming pool, is open and luminous. It establishes some intense visual relationships: on one side across its full width, from the park that is slightly elevated to a romanic church; and on the other side into a generous courtyard in the interior of the project, and the façade at the back of the industrial building.


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Cite: "Council Sport Complex / Vora Arquitectura" 17 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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