Smart 22@
Rafael Vargas

Smart 22@, the first smart building in Spain

GCA Architects as Architects

GCA Architects has just completed the construction of Spain's first intelligent building, Smart 22@, in Barcelona's 22@ technology district of Poblenou.

Divided into three independent buildings with a large garden area, the office complex responds to theindustrial context while standing out with its own character.The district, known as the "Catalan Manchester" due to the concentration of more than 40% of the cotton industry in the area, has been a determining factor in the design of the building. With the impact of the Olympic Games, the 22@ technological development and innovation plan, Poblenou has transformed approximately 200 hectares of industrial land into one of the most cosmopolitan and innovative in the city.

photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas
photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas

The morphology of the building is based on urban integration, with a deep respect for the adjacent buildings, such as the old ‘La Escocesa’ factory: its genetics reflects the characteristic chromatic range of the neighborhood and combines the traditional importance of a humble material, such as terracotta, with the new manufacturing processes, which allow to work with larger extruded pieces.

For Josep Riu, architect and partner at GCA Architects, "Smart 22@ is a link between past and future, whose innovative character lies in the art of integrating eco-efficiency, sustainability, and technological innovation with the importance of craftsmanship and respect for local heritage".

photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas
photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas

It is a project celebrating the inherited social responsibility of architecture, creating a conciliatory volume able to coexist with the Poblenou neighborhood while expressing the values of Barcelona.

One of the project's main objectives, which began in 2019, has been to work from the social responsibility of architecture to create an integrating volume that coexists with the neighborhood and its inhabitants.These inhabitants appear in the pictorial works of Julián García Hernández, located in the main accesses of the buildings, which portray the people who worked in the area.

photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas
photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas

Smart 22@ has 24,600m² of office space divided in three large blocks. The open-plan, flexible interiors have been designed to meet today's needs. Natural light filters through from the core to the curtain wall facades thanks to a post-tensioned concrete slab structure. The work area is complemented by common areas such as the outdoor terraces, lounge, multipurpose room, locker rooms, and other services designed to socialize and enhance wellbeing.

The project stands out for its sustainable and energy-efficient features, including 45% savings in water consumption, 32% energy savings, and 20% use of low environmental impact materials. It also has 75% sustainable waste management, 264 photovoltaic panels, 63 electric vehicle parking spaces, and 25 charging points. The south façade also integrates photovoltaic glass panels that contribute to the energy efficiency of the three buildings. It also has an air conditioning system equipped with photocatalysis and active polarization filters to guarantee air quality, among other environmental benefits.

photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas
photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas

The project rises from the industrial legacy and stands out as a landmark encouraging values such as modernity, sustainability, and technology. It is LEED Platinum V4 certified, WELL Gold certified, which focuses on the wellbeing of users, and AAA energy certification, in addition to being Wiredscore certified.

The Smart 22@ building uses the global prop-tech platform Sharry to digitize access, parking management, and the visitor experience. Thanks to its technology, users can access the building's facilities using their smartphone to unlock turnstiles and doors and a parking space or meeting room with just a few clicks. The APP also facilitates visitor management, as it allows the generation of a QR code for guests, replacing the plastic badge.

photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas
photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas

Team:
Architect: GCA Architects
Partner: Josep Riu de Martín, Josep Juanperei Miret
Project Leader: Juan Velasco Garcia de Sierra, Belén Albajar Andreu
Photography: Rafael Vargas
Client: Meridia Capital 
Contractor: UTE La Escocesa, Grupo Elecnor+Sorigué
Project Management: TAG Arquitectura & Management
Building Surveyor: Belart Arquitectes Tècnics
Structural Engineer: BAC Engineering, Grupo SOCOTEC 
MEP Engineer: PGI Engineering & Consulting
Façade consultants: Ferrés Arquitectos y Consultores
Landscape: Valentina Greselin
Leed Consultants: Homu Well Tech

photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas
photo_credit Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas

Material Used:
1. Bandalux: Polyscreen 5%
2. Coverlam: Porcelánico Bluestone
3. Matimex - Iris Cerámica: Alicatado Baños Serie Calx
4. Matimex - Porcelain Gres: Pavimento Plantas Tipo Serie Just Beige Dark Brown
5. Dekton: Pavimento Terrazas
6. Inclass: Sofá Entropy
7. Gabelex - Saint Gobain: Falso Techod E Bandejas Metálicas
8. Inclass: Mesas Salas Reuniones Mod. Plania
9. Vitra: Sillas Giratorias Id Mesh
10. Isimar: Mobiliario Exterior Terrazas Silla Portofina Mesa Menorca
11. Cotlin Barcelona: Alfombras Planta Baja Mod. Sisal
12. Andreu World: Silla Carola Roble
13. Andreu World: Taburete Smart
14. Andreu World: Butaca Alya Patas Roble Natural
15. Hay: Butaca Bernard Cuero Natural Y Roble
16. Saba Italia: Sofá Voyage Lobby
17. Kendo: Mesitas Auxiliares Sen
18. Vondom: Maceteros Cubo
19. Ethnicraft: Mesas Torsion Roble
20. Flos: Lampara Taccia
21. Santa Y Cole: Lampara Cesta
22. Riva 1920: Legno Vivo Roble
23. B&B Italia: Sofá Dock Doble Cara
24. Actiu: Silla Urban Salas Reuniones
25. Trizo 21: Lamparas Decorativas Austere
26. Vibia: Lampara De Sobremesa Mod. Pin
27. Schindler: Ascensores
28. Treku: Mueble Aparador Mod. Aura
29. Marset: Lampara Ginger
30. Airlan: Fancoils
31. Hansa: Grifería
32. Presto: Presto Alpa 90 Arte E Empotrada
33. Duravit: Sanitarios Mod. Durastyle
34. Renson: Lamas De Aluminio Serie Linius
35. Nbk: Terracota De Fachada
36. Schuco: Sistema De Fachada Muro Cortina
37. Forbo: Felpudo Mod. Coral Brush
38. Thu: Falso Techo De Baffles De Aluminio
39. Emco: Felpudo Acceso Mod. Diplomat
40. Axalta: Pintura Aluminio Fachada

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