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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.

Day Centre For The Elderly in Barcelona, Spain by BCQ arquitectura barcelona

May 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BCQ arquitectura barcelona

The project’s main aim is to create a pleasant building for senior citizens, a space where they feel comfortable and one they can identify with. The construction materials and finishes used are therefore familiar, warm and comfortable, such as ceramic and wood, to create a homely, relaxed atmosphere.

Image Courtesy © Carlos Climent 

  • Architects: BCQ arquitectura barcelona
  • Project: Day Centre For The Elderly
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Carlos Climent
  • Use: Public day centre for the elderly
  • Client: Barcelona Town Council – Horta-Guinardó District Council
  • Architects collaborators: ALEXANDRE LIBERATO
  • Structural Calculations: JORDI GRANADA, Arch.
  • Technical Architect: SERGI PRAT GÓMEZ
  • Dates: Competition, 2005 / Project, 2005 / Construction, 2006-2008
  • Contractor: AND,SA DE SERVEIS
  • Costs without VAT: 1.240.458€
  • Ceramic Cladding: CERÀMIQUES FERRER

Image Courtesy © Carlos Climent

The building’s floor plan keeps closely to the space available in one of the borders of the Príncep de Girona Gardens. The building is designed to respond to the park: a volume that partakes in its language, materials and function. It is conceived as a pavilion in the park, a vantage point from which users can survey everything going on around them, both in the park and in the street.

Image Courtesy © Carlos Climent

The ground floor is permeable, with a hallway that runs right through the building. The building itself represents a new entrance from the street, leading into the park. One of the park’s esplanades, currently paved in wood, will have a new entrance via the building.  The tiled roof slopes down the smaller façades to the ground, creating the impression of a great doorway. The larger façades, with great picture windows and timber framework, pick up the motif of the park’s wooden paving and street furniture.

Image Courtesy © Carlos Climent

Exterior cladding

The ceramic was imposed as a solution able to clad in a unified way two surfaces with different functions: the large roof of the building and the side walls, giving the volume the image of a large portal. In some way we liked to think that the materials to “dress” the building are materials that, as its users, know how to age, get better as time goes on.

Image Courtesy © Carlos Climent

At the same time the intention was to provide the building with textures and materials known and appreciated by older people. The cladding was made with handmade ceramic tiles, in sizes 30x10x2cm and 30x10x4cm for the roof, and special anti-vandalistic thicker ones of 30x15x4cm to coat the side walls. For the facade, we used pine wood slats with colorless autoclave treatment.

Image Courtesy © Carlos Climent

Image courtesy BCQ arquitectura barcelona

Image courtesy BCQ arquitectura barcelona

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