Plug-in Building Barcelona


  • 2014 First Catalan Architecture Awards  2008  / 2011  - Winner
  • 2014 ENOR Architectural Awards - Selected
  • 2011 Building of the Year Archdaily - Selected
  • 2011 Work of the Year Plataforma Arquitectura - Selected

The aim of the project is to rebuild from the old parcellation rules, following a geometry that obeys to Pere IV Street orientation. The building organizes itself from an optimal distance between blocks in order to locate offices and the result is the creation of three main buildings crossing across from Pujades Street to Pere IV. The elevations of the building clearly show how this transversal secondary streets appear between the three structures, as if they were passages, and allow to illuminate the interior spaces of the offices. Consequently, the volumetry does not maintain a constant alignment. It presents some doubts about the section in relation to the passage or the street-courtyard and in relation to the existing industrial building in Pamplona Street as well. That’s the reason why the building reacts and overflies the old construction on the upper floors. The spatial complexity is broken in a middle point between the main streets and a transversal axe generates all vertical accesses with stairs, elevators and vertical installations with pipes and metallic ducts. Each one of the six entities is composed by multiple bracings with diagonals or steel crosses which make it stable on its own. The perimeter is defined by three main façades: a façade to the street, with two non-conventional pillars, shaped one by one with four thick sheets of iron; a conventional façade with intermediate pillars and a façade to the pedestrian passage where the structure hangs out from the superior floor in order to leave free the ground level for pedestrian use.

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