Housing, infantil nursery and citytown center on Via Augusta street, Barcelona
The main objective of a public building should be to shape public space above any other functional consideration regarding its use. The construction of a building on Via Augusta entails great responsibility, just as constructing on Paseo de Gracia or Avenida Diagonal does.
The tender is for the construction of a low-density mixed-use building comprising social housing, a civic centre and a kindergarten. The proposal stresses that the new building should not highlight the view of the large party wall which dominates the plot and breaks the continuity of one of the city's most emblematic avenues. However, the building should be seen as a dissimulation of the continuous straight frontage which enables the kindergarten playground to look over Via Augusta and provide oodles of sunlight.
A sole central nucleus provides access to four apartments per floor and respects the service areas of adjoining buildings, creating two large courtyards which guarantee air flow between the apartments.
The organic shape of the building allows it to be moulded at each of the neighbouring cornices and strives to occupy maximum height in keeping with the avenue's stature, maintaining the trees already present. Calle Zaragoza cannot lose its emblematic palm tree, which characterises and qualifies the urban landscape.
The star-like layout of the building draws on its history, as it was owned by a local astronomy expert from whom the kindergarten takes its name.
- 3,690 m2
- Architect Collaborator
Maria Alejandre, Moises Garcia, Mariona Guàrdia.
- Project manager