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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.

Mediterranean Cultural Centre in Barcelona, Spain by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

 
June 27th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The Generalitat and the Institut Català d’Estudis Mediterranis, ICEM wishes to create an important and prestigious cultural institution, the Mediterranean Cultural Center. Located in Barcelona, the M.C.C., will be representative of the cultural and economical dynamism of Catalonia, and will consolidate Barcelona as the capital city of the Mediterranean Culture.

The MCC is essentially composed of four entities:

  • A museum of natural history and cultural history.
  • The multimedia library of the Mediterranean..
  • A center of study and investigation.
  • A conference center.
Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (Vanessa Cólliga)
  • Project: Mediterranean Cultural Centre
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Lobby, Reception, Information, Restauration and Retail: Gross 7,650m2 Net 6,090 m2
  • Natural History and Cultural History Museum: Gross 16,000m2 Net 12,370m2
  • Library: Gross 8,000m2 Net 6,900m2
  • Center of studies: Gross 1,800 m2 Net 1,330m2
  • Conference center: Gross 2,500m2 Net 1,920m2
  • Administration: Gross 6,450m2 Net 4,700m2
  • Parking: Gross 2,000m2 Net 2,500m2

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The total area of the MCC is 45,000 m2 (including parking) built as an Canel of 15,600 m2

This Center will be a public place, a forum, open to a great spectrum of polulation: investigators, specialists, university alumni and teachers, as well as the general public, tourists and visitors.

The Museum and part of the library will be used by the general public, the center of studies, the conference center and the second part of the library by a professional public.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The prevision is that the MCC will receive between 2.2 and 2.7 millions visitors a year. The total area of the MCC is 45,000 m2 (including parking) built as an Canel of 15,600 m2.

Architecture 

The MCC is essentially a great public square in front of the sea (90m x 90m) covered by a thin and light roof. The plaza will be the lobby space where all the information, retail, restaurants, and temporary exhibitions can be found.

Two floors of exhibition galleries are located underground around and atrium space connected with the plaza.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The library, the center of the studies and the administration are grouped into a transparent articulated building, 13.floors high, from which the roof of the plaza hangs.

The conference center is situated at the plaza level, and on one side of the atrium space. Against its wall all the circulation of the museum will take place.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The image of the MCC is of a technological building, full of light and free space, open to the public, open to the Mediterranean sea, and one associates the building with the sea (a ship, a prehistoric fish, a glass shell). and with the Mediterranean people (a public square, an open plaza, a place for cultural exchange).

In the middle of the most important new district of offices and retail in Barcelona, the MCC will be the center of culture, linked with the activity center, in the most natural relationship, within the tradition of the Mediterranean culture.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

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