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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Foam, Cultural Centre in Girona, Spain by Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic, from SALA FERUSIC Architects, Barcelona

September 1st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic, from SALA FERUSIC Architects, Barcelona

The Cultural Centre of ‘Roses’ is based on the design of mechanisms to conduct and qualify the natural lighting, so as to adapt it to the requirements of the centre. Therefore, the building has been considered from the idea of the sea foam, as the volume has been fluffed through  a patio that spreads the natural light into the building, while a white perforated skin tones the light down and guarantees the energy efficiency of the building.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic, from SALA FERUSIC Architects, Barcelona
  • Name of Project: Foam, Cultural Centre
  • Location: Roses, Girona, Spain
  • Collaboration: AYESA, Aguas y Estructuras SA
  • Client: Ajuntament de Roses
  • Surface Area: 2.600m2

The ventilated façade, in perforated white anodized aluminum, protects the building from the direct sun radiation, whereas a collection of practicable folds shifts its gaze towards the sea, so they can be opened or closed according to the light intensity, like a mutable façade.

Exterior View

While the façades protect the building from the sun, the natural light feeds its interior through a patio, to illuminate the circulation space and the interior rooms. The building welcomes the citizen with a crack in the volume, made in glass to offer transparency and light into the hall. Inside, the entrance is designed in a triple space, which connects with the patio on the second floor that, besides of fluffing the volume, works like a skylight.

Exterior View


SALA FERUSIC is an architectural studio founded in 2008 by the architects Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic, which activates, integrates, coordinates and dynamizes a multidisciplinary structure of both internal and external professionals in order to optimize the quality in architecture, urban planning and arch R&D.

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SALA FERUSIC works in synergy along with other integrated fields (engineering, marketing, communication, art) or even with other architects in order to generate a dynamic and symbiotic network to clearly guarantee a responsible architecture in terms of sustainability, in its widest range.

Interior View

They manage needs and interests and formalize them through worksystems that come up from the empathic and analytic relationship with users, citizens and clients, which are defined in specific strategies through the dialogue.

SALA FERUSIC has mainly developed its works in Spain and it is already working overseas in its International growing, in projects in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Middle East.

Interior View

Among the projects of the studio it is important to enhance the Public Library in Caldes de Malavella or the Cultural Centre in Roses, both in Spain; and especially those which have been acknowledged such as ‘El Repartidor’ Square in l’Hospitalet, Spain, Second Prize in a Public Competition; or the ‘Museum and Memorial in Srebrenica’, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Honourable Mention in an International Competition.

Interior View

It must be pointed out the solid experience of the studio in design and architecture of wine buildings such as wineries and wine warehouses, as well as wine tourism buildings; for which Carles Sala and Relja Ferusic have recently been invited to talk about ‘Architecture and Wine’ at the Wine Tourism Conference in Porto, Portugal. In terms of wine architecture it has to be pointed out their work the winery ‘Mas Rodó’, Honourable Mention in FAD’s prize ‘Vivir con Madera’, or the winery ‘Lagravera’, First Prize at the ‘3M 2010’ Awards by the Association of Architects of Catalonia, ‘COAC’, and selected at the ‘Collegium Artisticum 2010’ Awards, held by the Association of Architects of Sarajevo, ‘ASAS’. They have recently finished the wine warehouse ‘Lagravera’ and they are now working in ‘Hot Spot’, a Center for the Wine Promotion in Spain and ‘LesVignes’, a wine touristic pavilion in France.


The studio SALA FERUSIC has exhibited their complete work in the monographic exhibition ‘Last Minute!’ about the studio –october 2010-, while some of their projects have been included in several architectural exhibitions –‘3a Mostra d’Arquitectura’ in COAC, EME3 Collapse en el CCCB, ‘Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid’, ‘X Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo’, etc.- . They have been invited to talk about their work on international architectural symposiums and conferences, as well as they have participated in several universities –ETH Zurich, UIC Barcelona, UAH Madrid, UPM Madrid, etc.-; and some of their work has been published in several publications –‘AV Proyectos’, ‘ON Diseño’, ‘RESTART’ by Hans Ibelings, etc.

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