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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.

El Pinar Community Center in Rubi, Barcelona by COAC

 
December 15th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: COAC

The community center “El Pinar de Rubí” is located on a 60-meter long plot, east-west oriented and having a strong cross-slope of 52%. The lower façade, near the C-1413-A junction, is located at an elevation of +181. The opposite façade, on a plateau at +189, is the end of a forest that forms part of Rubi’s Archeological and Natural Heritage Catalogue. The building is 75% partially buried against a retaining wall that supports the base of the mountain.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: COAC
  • Project: El Pinar Community Center
  • Location: Rubi, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Photography: Jordi Surroca
  • Architects: José Miguel Roldán y Mercè Berengué (Roldán + Berengué, arqts.)
  • Architects  Collaborators: Vicenç Sanz, Isis Campos, Rosa Hereu · Juanjo P. Jarque
  • Structure: Bernúz-Fernández, Arquitectes, S.L.
  • Technical architect: Xavier Badia (Vinclament S.L.P.)
  • Economy: Xavier Badia (Vinclament S.L.P.)
  • Installations: Julián Passardi (ae-t Ingeniería – Tecnioracle, S.L.) i Joan Escanelles (PGI Grup)
  • Construction company: Sather
  • Promoter: Promocions Urbanes de Rubí, S.A.
  • Address: Carrer carretera C-1413 s/n
  • Project date: 2007
  • Contruction date: 2009-2011
  • Parcel area: 758m2
  • Built-up area: 1716,06 m2
  • Budget: 3.425.033,50  €

Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

The project, which extends over the whole plot, has in plan and section the shape of a butterfly. On the left wing, which has two stories, there is an auditorium and, above it, a nursery for the neighborhood children. On the right wing, distributed among three stories, there is a small gym, classrooms for adults, the exhibition area and the social premises.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

From across the road, the building appears as a solid rock built from concrete with stones projecting different shades of gray along with ash colored perforated and corrugated metal sheets, while the single story façade facing the forest is a transparent and permeable body. The pillars supporting the roof in the generously spaced areas are painted in such a manner as portraying the trees outside.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

Visually, between the building’s two wings, colored in white tones and with the help of a small three story curtain wall, we find the permeability point between the lower and upper levels bound with the terrain, becoming the link between the “upper” and “lower” doors.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

This empty, double height space is occupied by the stairs and elevators, working as a connection between the left and right blocks. The outcome is a reproduction in image and function of the small, steep path that existed in the site prior to the construction of the new community center.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

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