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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.

“SANTA MADRONA” – 62 SOCIAL DWELLINGS in Barcelona, Spain by PICHARCHITECTS

 
May 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PICHARCHITECTS

The project of  “Santa Madrona” deals with an urban space, where two apartment blocks with an affordable renting price have to be placed, nearby a small public square of the Gracia neighbourhood of Barcelona. The intervention had to place also, a public equipment on its ground floor, with a specific area and  some specific leisure spaces. So then, the project had this interesting challenge to propose in one hand apartment blocks with an affordable renting price, with all the facilities that were needed, an urban space intimately bounded to the block’s life and an equipment that will promote the so necessary mixture of uses.

Image Courtesy © Simón García

Image Courtesy © Simón García

  • Architects: PICHARCHITECTS
  • Project: SANTA MADRONA”. 62 SOCIAL DWELLINGS
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Simón García
  • Software used: AUTOCAD
  • Volume of the construction: 5.704,10 m²
  • Final Cost: 3.106.091,92€
  • Authors: Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier and Teresa Batlle i Pagès. Architects.
  • Group Directors: Angel Sendarrubias. Pau Casaldáliga
  • Project Director: Ute Müncheberg
  • Specialists: INDAGSA, structure. RP GRUP, facilities. GPCAT, measurements and estimates.
  • Building company: INBISA

Image Courtesy © Simón García

Image Courtesy © Simón García

All the project has contemplated,  both in it’s urban planning abd construction, a respect in the resources used during its useful life.

In this regard sustainability as it begins in the public-private partnership that made the acquisition of viable solar concession by the “Obra Social La Caixa” and has made possible the promotion of affordable housing .

Image Courtesy © Simón García

Image Courtesy © Simón García

The layout of the buildings volume set a square on the chamber, allowing to clear the top corner of the street Travessera de Dalt with Escorial St. and bring in their own environment, a place of comfort in the middle of the city center.

It is envisaged that the project that the natural comfort should be considered both in a city level and in the scale of the building.

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The buildings have been built with industrialized building systems, ensuring quality, deadlines and some prices as well as promoting the production and innovation of local industry on the one hand, and control of the consumption of resources, recycling and its reuse by another. The entire structure and its envelope was produced in factory and assembled at work. It is a heavy concrete structure with bearing walls. Supportive structure and facade are simplifying their performance and interior layout.

Image Courtesy © Simón García

Image Courtesy © Simón García

The homes have been designed and built with parameters of bio climatic architecture, with an initial effort to reduce the demand for energy, followed by a detailed analysis and dimensioning of the facilities, introducing finally systems for producing renewable energy.

Image Courtesy © Simón García

Image Courtesy © Simón García

The main aspects considered are:

  • All homes have natural cross-ventilation, which can be operated from manual processes, or from automated processes
  • All apartments have big balconies that ensure sun protection and can temper the climate outside the front inside.
  • All the rooms have been distributed to ensure each home with the maximum natural lighting.
  • All the facade construction systems include the highest guarantee of isolation, both in its timber, and in the outer walls.
  • Harnessing sun for pre-heating the water reduces the gas consumption.
  • Command systems by detecting presence in common areas allows good distribution and optimization of the light.
  • It has been selected those facilities systems with more performance and less consumption.
  • The buildings has got pneumatic garbage collection infrastructure.
  • The homes feature the latest technology for transmission of voice and data.
Image Courtesy ©   PICHARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © PICHARCHITECTS

The homes have been qualified by the Catalan Institute of Energy with Energy Certificate B, which is the highest rating that can be obtained, if conditions do not allow buildings to provide a high production of renewable energy.

Finally it has been incorporated against the simplicity and compactness of the building, color and texture to the facade to distinguish each home and provide a bright and necessary identity in the magma of a large city.

Image Courtesy ©   PICHARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © PICHARCHITECTS

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