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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.

Waste Treatment Facility in Barcelona, Spain by Batlle & Roig Architects

 
November 16th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Batlle & Roig Architects

Batlle & Roig wins World’s Best Production Energy and Recycling Building at World Architecture Festival Awards 2011 - ‘The design is an interesting approach that separates the building from the landscape’

The Waste Treatment Facility, in Vacarisses in Spain, designed by Batlle & Roig, has won the ‘World’s Best Production Energy and Recycling Building’ award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2011.

The presentation of the WAF Awards are taking place during the largest global celebration of architecture – the World Architecture Festival, which is being held at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) this week.

 

The Waste Treatment Facility

  • Architect: Batlle & Roig Architects
  • Name of Project: The Waste Treatment Facility
  • Location: Vacarisses, Barcelona, Spain
  • Category: Production, energy and recycling
  • WAF Entry: 2011
  • Award: World Architecture Festival 2011 – Category Winner
  • Photography: Francisco Urrutia – FOTOGRAFIA DE ARQUITECTURA

The Waste Treatment Facility (CTRV, in Spanish) is located on a hillside overlooking the Coll Cardús massif which is a controlled waste landfill. The project involved the construction of two large treatment areas under a single sloped roof and is fully integrated into the surrounding landscape.

The building was selected by a panel of esteemed architects and designers, beating off competition from a shortlist of six entries.

The jury commended the project, saying “The roofs are very well integrated with the existing landfills. The design is an interesting approach that separates the building from the landscape and yet also relates to it.”

 

The Waste Treatment Facility

Speaking at the WAF Awards 2011 Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: “The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest, live, truly inclusive and interactive global architectural awards programme. Attracting entries from internationally renowned practices to small local architects, the stellar quality of this year’s designs demonstrates their commitment to designing the world’s most exciting buildings. This year we’ve attracted more entries than ever before, with over 700 submissions from 66 different countries. Our congratulations go to the winners for a truly accomplished project.”

 

The Waste Treatment Facility

This is the 4th year the World Architecture Festival Awards have been presented, and by the end of the awards 38 WAF Awards will have been announced across the three main sections of Completed Buildings, Structural Design and Future Projects. The Festival culminates with the announcement of the prestigious ‘World Building of the Year 2011’ award.

Previous winners include ‘World Building of the Year 2008’ – Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, designed by Irish practice Grafton Architects; ‘World Building of the Year 2009’ – Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa, designed by Peter Rich Architects of Johannesburg, and ‘World Building of the Year 2010’ – MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) in Rome, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

The WAF Awards see unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects in what is the world’s biggest architecture contest. Unlike other architectural competitions, architects present their work in front of leading industry judges and a live public audience as they compete for the accolade of ‘World Building of the Year’.

 

The Waste Treatment Facility

Project in Detail

The Waste Treatment Facility (CTRV, in Spanish) is located on a hillside overlooking the Coll Cardús massif in the municipality of Vacarisses, in the district of the Vallès Occidental.

This site is currently taken up by a controlled waste landfill site nearing its capacity limit. This fact has caused its managing body to consider regulating the closure of the facility and to study possible future uses for the area. The choice of the location of the CTRV has also taken into account different criteria of logistical and economic suitability, as well as the minimization of the environmental impact resulting from the installation and operation of waste management-related activities.

The Waste Treatment Facility

The activity of the landfill site has led to unfriendly topographical alterations and modifications in the natural environment. For this reason, we decided to establish the facilities in those areas where the activity of the landfill had already damaged the natural environment. Despite the size of the plant facilities, it is intended to achieve the highest landscape integration with the environment. In order to achieve this goal, we pursue a high topographical adaptation, where the impact from roofs and facades is minimized by the subsequent landscape restoration.

Bird Eye View

The project involves the construction of two large treatment areas under a large roof. These areas, separated by a driveway, are different in height and they sit at different levels. That is the reason why the roof changes its geometry according to the programs and dimensions of each precinct.

The roof will cover a variety of requirements: forced air vents, skylights, etc., and they will blend together by the use of a graphic structure that may be transformed into a landscape roof. The different circles contain earth, gravel, and native groundcovers and shrubs. Over time, they will balance the impact of the facility without resorting to camouflage or mimicry.

 

Images Courtesy Francisco Urrutia - FOTOGRAFIA DE ARQUITECTURA

Site Plan

Ground Plan

Roof Plan

Section

Green wall detail

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