Residential building in Ausiàs March

Residential building in Ausiàs March

Architect
GCA Architects
Location
C/ d'Ausiàs Marc, 49, 08010 Barcelona, Spain | View Map
Project Year
2022
Category
Housing
José Hevia
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
LightingOluce
LightingKarakter Copenhagen
Side Table, ChairHouse of Finn Juhl
Chieftain Sofa, Side Table Coctkail
ChairCarl Hansen & Søn
MG501 Cuba Chair
LightingOty Light
Pop P01
LightingSanta & Cole
Dórica

Product Spec Sheet
Lighting
Side Table, Chair
Chieftain Sofa, Side Table Coctkail by House of Finn Juhl
Chair
MG501 Cuba Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn
Lighting
Pop P01 by Oty Light
Lighting
Dórica by Santa & Cole

From offices to housing: reinterpretation of an Eixample building

GCA Architects as Architects & Interior Designers

The aim of the intervention was to adapt an office building, with a structure and façade consistent with the 1960s, to a multiple housing building with a layout that responds to the new demands of modern living. The project redesign the building's envelope, creating a dialogue with the classical architecture of the Eixample, through a façade that is a tribute to light. The building generates a composition of full and empty spaces and plays with environmental conditioning factors such as solar protection and cross ventilation. 

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

Compositionally, the project proposes the reconfiguration of the central space of the building to generate a new vertical communications core and a new courtyard, creating two dwellings per floor. All the public areas, spacious and sunny, are turned towards the façades, to Carrer de Ausiàs March, or to the inner courtyard of the block. The more private spaces open onto the new central courtyard, generating cross ventilation in all the dwellings. In this way the building avoids the typical shady passageway typology.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

The distribution of the dwellings revolves around a central element that houses the kitchen equipment, which is concealed thanks to the design strategy of the furniture, transforming it into a versatile space that can function as a meeting point, a workspace or simply as a distribution hall. The most public spaces in the home, such as the living and dining rooms, occupy the entire length of the façades, making the most of natural light. On the main façade, exposed to the south-east, wooden shutters allow dynamic relations between the interior and exterior, generating suggestive interplay of light and shadow as well as ensuring privacy and solar protection of the rooms. 

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

Stone and wood are the two materials used in both cladding and flooring and constitute the guiding thread of the entire project. In the interiors of the homes, oak wood and white Carrara marble have been used, seeking a chromatic and sensitive balance that reinforces the sobriety of the overall design.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

The stone-wood duality runs throughout the project, both in the homes and communal areas, as well as in the envelope. The expressiveness of the façade is the product of the material and compositional logic employed, where limestone and wood dialogue with the cladding and tones of the surrounding buildings. The composition and proportion of mass and void, the textures, the materials, and the vertical design of the wooden shutters are the design instruments that provide an honest response to the interior distribution. The project uses the technologies of modern living and at the same time integrates into the surrounding buildings in an elegant, timeless and sober way.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

Team:
Architects: GCA Architects

Partner: Lluis Guillem, Jordi Castañé

Project Leader: Lluis Guillem

Team: Andrea Navarro Golobart, Marta Visa

Client: Arc Homes

Contractor: Byco / Constructora del Cardoner

Building Surveyor: GCA Architects

Structural Engineer: Nolac Enginyers, S.A.

MEP Engineer: PGI Engineering & Consulting

Photographer: José Hevia

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