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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.

Z-BALCA HOUSE in Spain by Lagula Arquitectes

 
November 20th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Lagula Arquitectes

Z-Balca House reconsiders some of Lagula’s formal and material premises previously used in PGAC. The origin of such questioning comes from the PGAC management itself, who was interested in a non-conventional building, and interested in the use of dry construction technologies.

Image Courtesy © PGA Catalunya Resort

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  • Architects: Lagula Arquitectes
  • Project: Z-BALCA HOUSE
  • Location: PGA Catalunya Resort, Carretera N-II Km701 Plot C1.10, Spain
  • Photography: PGA Catalunya Resort
  • Software used: qsai 4M CAD11
  • Contractor: Construccions Busquets SLU
  • Main Collaborators: Ordeic (Installations); Arnau Blancafort (Construction Supervision)
  • Living Area: 450 m2
  • Year: 2009-2011

Image Courtesy © PGA Catalunya Resort

Image Courtesy © PGA Catalunya Resort

In a conversation during the conception, PGAC management reminded us the sentence they saw in a documentary. According to Buckminster Fuller, he once asked Sir Norman Foster: How much does your building weigh, Mr.Foster?

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Reconsider the structural and construction origin inevitably implies to questioning the formal consequences of our decisions. It would be strange to see a new Tesla vehicle reproduce the (non) aerodynamic shapes of the ancient Ford T. In the same way, new construction technologies need to achieve their own formal expression. Their own beauty canon.

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In this way, Z-Balca represents a bet for a new construction technology, and therefore a new shape, but with no garish repertoire. Its optimized steel structure allows a recyclable construction, reducing its environmental footprint. The same criteria of lightness, energy optimization, isolation maximization, and the use of materials with a second life after the current, are used in almost the totality of the volume. The selection of zinc as a façade finishing material was one of the critical decisions of the project.

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