Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects

Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: GCA Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  269108 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2022
  • Photographs
    Photographs :José Hevia
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Cortizo, Santa & Cole, Alessi, Bulthaup, Carl Hansen, Finn Juhl - Minim, Fustería del Cardoner, ICONICO, Karakter - Minim, Marmogil, Max Enrich, Oluce, Oty Light, PARKESTIL, Roca, thyssenkrupp
  • Lead Architect : Lluis Guillem
  • Team : Andrea Navarro Golobart, Marta Visa
  • Clients : Arc Homes
  • Builder : Byco / Constructora del Cardoner
  • Quantity Surveyor : GCA Architects
  • Structural Engineering : Nolac Enginyers, S.A.
  • Mep Engineering : PGI Engineering & Consulting
  • City : Barcelona
  • Country : Spain
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Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© José Hevia

Text description provided by the architects. The aim of the intervention was to adapt an office building, with a structure and façade consistent with the 1960s, to a multiple housing building with a layout that responds to the new demands of modern living. The project redesigns the building's envelope, creating a dialogue with the classical architecture of the Eixample, through a façade that is a tribute to light. The building generates a composition of full and empty spaces and plays with environmental conditioning factors such as solar protection and cross ventilation.

Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Windows, Facade
© José Hevia
Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Facade, Bench, Windows, Column
© José Hevia

Compositionally, the project proposes the reconfiguration of the central space of the building to generate a new vertical communications core and a new courtyard, creating two dwellings per floor. All the public areas, spacious and sunny, are turned towards the façades, to Carrer de Ausiàs March, or to the inner courtyard of the block. The more private spaces open onto the new central courtyard, generating cross ventilation in all the dwellings. In this way, the building avoids the typical shady passageway typology.

Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography
© José Hevia
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Ground floor plan
Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Stairs
© José Hevia

The distribution of the dwellings revolves around a central element that houses the kitchen equipment, which is concealed thanks to the design strategy of the furniture, transforming it into a versatile space that can function as a meeting point, a workspace, or simply as a distribution hall. Most public spaces in the home, such as the living and dining rooms, occupy the entire length of the façades, making the most of natural light. On the main façade, exposed to the southeast, wooden shutters allow dynamic relations between the interior and exterior, generating suggestive interplay of light and shadow as well as ensuring privacy and solar protection of the rooms.

Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Kitchen
© José Hevia
Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography
© José Hevia
Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Windows, Column
© José Hevia
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Plan - Other floors
Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Windows, Facade
© José Hevia
Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Door, Windows, Facade, Glass, Column
© José Hevia

Stone and wood are the two materials used in both cladding and flooring and constitute the guiding thread of the entire project. In the interiors of the homes, oak wood and white Carrara marble have been used, seeking a chromatic and sensitive balance that reinforces the sobriety of the overall design.

Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Windows, Brick, Glass, Facade, Arch
© José Hevia
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Elevation
Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Windows, Facade
© José Hevia

The stone-wood duality runs throughout the project, both in the homes and communal areas, as well as in the envelope. The expressiveness of the façade is the product of the material and compositional logic employed, where limestone and wood dialogue with the cladding and tones of the surrounding buildings. The composition and proportion of mass and void, the textures, the materials, and the vertical design of the wooden shutters are the design instruments that provide an honest response to the interior distribution. The project uses the technologies of modern living and at the same time integrates into the surrounding buildings in an elegant, timeless, and sober way.

Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects - Interior Photography, Windows, Facade
© José Hevia

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Address:C/ d'Ausias Marc, 49, 08010 Barcelona, Spain

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Cite: "Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects" [Edificio de viviendas en Ausias March / GCA Architects] 05 Aug 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/986608/residential-building-in-ausias-march-gca-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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