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.
Toy Library and Offices in Barcelona, Spain by Taller 9s Arquitectes
February 14th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Taller 9s Arquitectes
Liberating the Gothic bell tower.
Old bay- New body.
The tower as a backdrop.
The new part of the building gesticulates and dematerializes to face the tower and the masonry of the tower becomes the fourth facade in all floors.
A mirror facades.
The facade of the new body which is situated opposite the tower becomes a contemporary reinterpretation of the old Gothic. Stony walls, massive, are transmuted into a semi transparent skin of vertical slats, the lines of imposts are now metal profiles…
Air and light as hinges.
Between the new and the old, a gap of light and air links all floors and visually extends the outside to inside. The old part on the ground floor overlooks the square favouring close proximity between urban citizens and new uses.
Container of social uses.
The logistics spaces and the scale are placed adjacent to a narrow private street. The remaining space is freed allowing multiple uses. In the same way that in the old part all the offices open to the square, in the new part the spaces face the tower.
Innovative construction process.
The structural framework was built before the deconstruction of the building in order to hold the buildings nearby. Afterwards it is been worked simultaneously on the finishing of the upper floors and in the archaeological works on the ground floor with the aim of lowering a subterranean floor. This strategy allowed to shortening the period of works 4 months.
A Place, a construction.
Metal structure, ventilated facade, dry partitions, panels of resins, rubber flooring, stucco traditional cal … The building systems are designed to meet both the difficulties and the demands of the site waste minimization, energy efficiency, durability and the easy maintenance.
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