Torrebaró Apartments Building, Universitat de Barcelona

  • 2012 City of Barcelona Architecture and Urbanism Award - Selected

The building is thought of as a volumetric reference for the whole housing complex and for the public space proposed by the urban plan. It is surrounded by other housing buildings, so it is, in fact, in the middle. Architecturally, the U-shaped building has different levels and it is circumscribed in a trapezoidal basis. It faces the eucalyptus square, so the diaphanous ground floor is an extension of the public space. However, the limit with Sant Feliu de Codines Street is defined by a 31-metre-tall façade, which clearly separates public and private space. Topographically, the plot, with a pentagonal shape, is in the middle of a slope. In order to take advantage of this situation, the owners suggested a program of an underground parking, commercial facilities on the ground floor and housing on the upper levels. There are 4 apartments per level, and two on the last two levels. The volume percentage is achieved thanks to the progressive decrease of the levels’ surface as it goes up. The project is perceived as an entity, hiding the different levels which form it, as the façade is designed as a single element. Patio and the distribution inside, in the private space, are masked by the volume of the building itself.

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