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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.

Melon District in Sants-Montjuic, Barcelona By Gus Wustemann Architects

 
September 18th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Gus Wustemann Architects

“It is not a building but a district” District is the way a human being lives in urban context.

We choose of the shelf low cost industrial materials to create these urban spaces. There is no hierarchy within these surfaces that makes it urban and authentic. Therefore each surface transmits a feeling of purity and coexistence in relation with its  surrounding. The statics of Melon District are defined by the authenticity of the materials. There is no decoration.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

  • Architects: Gus Wustemann Architects
  • Project: Melon District
  • Location: Parallel 101, Sants-Montjuic, Barcelona
  • Photography: Bruno Helbling
  • Year: 2007
  • Program: New student residences in Barcelona, Spain
  • Client: Catalonia Gebira S.L, Barcelona

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

An important actor in this context is the white floor: the main horizontal surface of the project which goes beyond its basic definition. So the white floor leaves its own physical contact and initiates a sacred walk throughout the district. It is a common industrial floor.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

The Melon District Project can be seen as a mini urbanization like a small area of the city which contains the urban sculpture.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

The urban sculpture is like a big stone containing all the public programs. Where the urban sculpture and the city of Barcelona meet, is the reception, entrance and exit of the district.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

This urban sculpture connects all the levels of the district and it is the main reference for orientation.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

LIVING ROOM

  • Floor: white polyurethane
  • Wall: polycarbonate varnished with white grafisms (light), painted wall gold
  • color (kitchen), natural mortar
  • Ceiling: double ceiling plaster

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

The living room is the heart of each melon flat where the public life is taking place (eating, talking, relaxing…). It is the social hub.  We provide a free platform, cubing landscape, which you can use for whatever activity you would like at that time. The social exchange is the main idea of this heart. The important element of the living room is the kitchen, which is a golden wall with an inox table in front of it. In each level you recognize the heart, the living room by its golden walls.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

CORRIDOR

  • Floor: white polyurethane
  • Wall: polycarbonate (light), natural concrete, varnished mortar,
  • painted wall gold color
  • Ceiling: double ceiling painted plaster silver color

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

We create an urban atmosphere by using rough plaster and urban light team situation like indirect cubic light and polycarbonate facades. Always recognizable in this context is the urban sculpture.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

ROOM

  • Floor: white polyurethane
  • Wall: polycarbonate (light), varnished plaster with white grafisms, white painted plaster
  • Ceiling: double ceiling plaster ral color, varnished natural concrete

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

Each melon flat has 9 hotels rooms where people share like in the district.  “This room, it is what you wanted to be”  The white floor, present in the all project leads you in your room right to the exterior facade. The room is defined by an interior and an exterior facade and a mini urban sculpture. The interior facade contains the bathroom and floods the room with an atmospheric light.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

The exterior facade lets in the natural light trough its window. One natural wall is one big picture, varnished plaster, suggesting a big opening in the room. The rough and unfinished concrete ceiling stand for athenticity and purity.

The traces and marks of the execution are visible. The decoincidence of imperfectivity gives the space the unique character and stand for the absence of design.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

The white mini urban sculpture organises the room. It is a table, seat, cupboards and shelves combining all the needs of the space and communicates with the bed. The space full stop. Communicating with the mini urban sculpture, the bed can be put in two positions, creating different relations with the space.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

SWIMMING POOL-TERRACE

  • Floor: varnished transparent natural mortar, wood IPE, sand with transparent polyurethane
  • Wall: varnished transparent mortar, wood IPE, sand with transparent polyurethane, polycarbonate (light), natural concrete

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

The urban figure reaches its higher level in the swimming pool-terrace. An active but also relaxing space where a beach atmosphere is created by the palm trees, the sand surface and the wood floor around the swimming pool. The swimming pool is the heart of the district at the same that the living room is the heart of each level. The swimming pool is an empty volume integrated in the concrete volume (urban figure) and in the wood volume.

The urban figure does not have a beginning or an ending. It is an element which participates in everything, a sculpture shaped by the life spaces of the district.

Image Courtesy © Bruno Helbling

ESSENTIAL ASPECTS

A series of spaces that flows together to become one continuous space without any seams. The light sculptures created by using polycarbonate and hidden fluorescents. The use of the essence of each material to keep its original textures. If it is not possible for technical reasons, transparent varnish or white painting are used.

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The essence Melon District is given by these three materials:

– the white polyurethane
– the translucent polycarbonate
– the concrete
The spaces are multifuncional. According to the moment, a space is used for an activity or another.

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Studios (ground floor)

  • Floor: white polyurethane
  • Wall: polycarbonate (light), varnished plaster white painted plaster
  • Ceiling: varnished natural concrete

Image Courtesy © Gus Wustemann Architects

Considering the room height of 4 meters on the ground floor at parallel, we design the bed as a furniture on a  upper level, so we gain more living surface in the studios.  the table to study is facing the window (patio) and a part of it is movable, so you can displace it and create a meal situation.

Image Courtesy © Gus Wustemann Architects

Image Courtesy © Gus Wustemann Architects

Image Courtesy © Gus Wustemann Architects

Image Courtesy © Gus Wustemann Architects

Image Courtesy © Gus Wustemann Architects

Image Courtesy © Gus Wustemann Architects

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