KNEM Offices
Adrià Goula
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Sanitary EquipmentRoca
Electrical Outlets & SwitchesJung HQ
Exterior LightingLamp
Carpentry Carmave
Automatic DoorsManusa
Sanitary EquipmentNofer

Product Spec Sheet
Sanitary Equipment
by Roca
Electrical Outlets & Switches
by Jung HQ
Exterior Lighting
by Lamp
Carpentry
by Carmave
Automatic Doors
by Manusa
Sanitary Equipment
by Nofer

KNEM Offices in Poble Nou, Barcelona

b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos as Architects

The project is located in the Poble Nou neighborhood of Barcelona, on a plot that was part of the former jute spinning mill of the Hermanos Godó , popularly known as "El Cànem". The façade of the existing building that  faces Doctor Trueta Street, included in the Architectural Heritage Protection Plan, has been preserved.

photo_credit Adrià Goula
Adrià Goula

The program is distributed in three volumes within the plot: two blocks that face each of the streets and a block in the central area that joins them through a large landscaped patio.

photo_credit Adrià Goula
Adrià Goula

Despite this organization into three distinct entities, it seemed appropriate to create a certain formal unity that would combine tradition and innovation while highlighting the industrial past of Poble Nou and the legacy of the "El Cànem" factory.

photo_credit Adrià Goula
Adrià Goula

Thus, a continuous plinth of masonry runs along the perimeter of the entire complex, unifying the three volumes in a single programmatic and formal body. Two glass boxes are supported and raised  on this plinth, screened with an aluminum lattice that evokes the weaving of jute fibers.

photo_credit Adrià Goula
Adrià Goula

This duality between the industrial past and the contemporary vocation of the new building is materialized in the formal contrast between the plinth and the raised boxes.

photo_credit Adrià Goula
Adrià Goula

Just as the blocks facing the street offer large, diaphanous and flexible office spaces thanks to the strategic location of the vertical cores and the post-tensioned concrete structure, the central block is configured as an addition of smaller duplex-type offices open to the central passageway, reminiscent of the old industrial workshops that dotted the urban fabric of Poble Nou.

photo_credit b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
photo_credit b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
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