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.
Catalonia’s International Centre For High Performance In Sailing in Barcelona, Spain by Mestura Arquitectes
October 5th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mestura Arquitectes
The objective of this intervention is to include under the large pergola Photovoltaic in the Forum Park of Barcelona, a program of the International Center for High Performance Sailing.
The uniqueness of the spaces to be treated, starting considerations requires both the environment and the possible actions in outer space, as the configuration of existing architectural elements, which determine many of the decisions of the project. We therefore propose a treatment in the facades that seek not to contrast with the gigantic scale of the element. The south facade is delayed until the first bay of the current structure to avoid contact of the new facilities with existing structural elements, while on the north side openings are covered with a curtain overlapping continuous acts wooden slats as a unitary element and neutral.
In the two bays of the south wall, are arranged various activities which are arranged, let light into the interior space of the complex while generating lift terraces allowing views of the sea over the seawalls of the spring.
The Institutional access to the center, is produced under the great porch west bridge in the entrance of the enclosure. A central staircase serve as a center of relationships and communication among users of all levels. Another entrance in the est part of the ground floor, communicates with a large porch, with the esplanade of the dock.
The floor structure is based on the existing foundation beams from felling as a hindrance or struts reinforced concrete pile caps are based on the existing piles. These piles have a depth of over 30 meters because it is land reclaimed from the sea. The second floor is \”hanging\” of the existing structure, so that the middle floor wins transparency due to the absence of pillars.
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