Bofill Foundation Headquarters
José Hevia
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
LightingDaisalux
Sanitary WareRoca
ElectricityJung HQ
Bathroom FixturesMarset
Worktops and CountertopsNEOLITH by TheSize
Porcelain tile floors Florim Ceramiche

Product Spec Sheet
Lighting
Sanitary Ware
by Roca
Electricity
by Jung HQ
Bathroom Fixtures
by Marset
Worktops and Countertops
Porcelain tile floors

BOFILL FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS

GCA Architects as Architects

Located in Barcelona's Eixample neighbourhood, the refurbishment project transforms an old factory into diaphanous office spaces, adapting the building to the highest standards of comfort, aesthetics, functionality and energy efficiency.

GCA Architects regards projects like these as thrilling opportunities to unveil the layers of history embedded in the city. 

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia
photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

Built in 1850, the 21x21m block stands as a testament to the industrial architecture of its time, representing a protected heritage example.

The design process began with a meticulous exploration of which building elements should be preserved and restored, carefully peeling away layers accumulated from decades of renovations. This approach allowed the essence of the building's character to emerge, highlighting its original structure.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia
photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

The new additions not only respect the existing, but also stand in contrast to it, creating a clear distinction between the old and the new. An example of this strategy are the brick walls and wooden beams, which have been reinforced structurally with steel additions painted dark grey. Materials with neutral chromatic tones have been utilized in the meeting rooms, preserving the prominence of the original features. The rhythm of the structure and windows of the existing building is emphasized by the transversal insertion of the technical lighting and installations. Through the superimposition of layers with different yet harmonic aesthetics, users can literally read the history between the lines formed on the ceiling.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia
photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

Owing to the nature of the collaborative and flexible work of the client, the design brief called for flexible spaces that can transform to accommodate various scenarios.A series of movable panels and curtains allow for the free configuration of a 250m2 multipurpose event space on the ground floor. The central area of this space features a retractable projection surface, enabling its transformation into a screening room.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia
photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

The existing staircase acts as a connecting thread, linking the upper co-working floors with the ground floor area, which comprises the kitchen facilities, reception area, and garden. The meticulous restoration of the façades unveils the minimalist polychromatic beauty of the original stucco.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia
photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

The renovation has transformed the old factory into a highly energy-efficient building, achieving the highest energy efficiency rating, an A rating. In order to further improve its efficiency, 32 photovoltaic panels have been installed, which cover a significant portion of the building's energy expenses.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

This transformative refurbishment project not only revitalizes a historic building but also celebrates the dynamic interplay between past and present, harmoniously weaving together architectural heritage and contemporary design.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia
photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia
photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

Team:

Architecture Firm: GCA Architects

Partner: Jordi Castañé Portella

Senior Associate: Luís Guillem Martínez

Project Director: Héctor Bareas Bou, Anna Trillo

Team: Joan Farré, Roser Ribas Hortail

Client: Bonavista Developments

Contractor: Urcotex

Project Management: FONTEC (Mario Font)

Building Surveyor: FITARQ (Jaume Fitó)

Structural Engineer: Socotec

MEP Engineer: PGI Engineering and Consulting

Photographer: José Hevia

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