VOLTA & VOLTA, CULTURAL CENTER AND LIBRARY
The plan is to install a Cultural Center as well as a library in the former Fonda de Cal Pau, a staple of the town across generations. The building is located in a residential area, where the small staircase in the facade defines its surroundings. The proposal establishes a route for pedestrians, which connects the existing facilities on the axis of the old road to the residential plot. Moreover, this operation allows for improved access to the dwellings located inside the residential block. Special care has been taken in regard to the spatial and lighting quality of this route, which will end in a residential square.
As for the volume of the new building, it is proposed to divide it in several units to adopt the domestic scale of the surrounding estates, while allowing for the passage of light and ventilation to neighboring buildings.
Finally, it is worth highlighting the use of a distinguishing and versatile element of our architecture - the Catalan . The development of the roof with the volta I volta system generates an enriching and luminous inner atmosphere.
Location: Suria, Barcelona, Spain
Client: Suria Town Hall / Diputació de Barcelona
Built Area: 1.679 m²
Status: Open competition (2nd place)
Lead Architect: Monica Farran Astica / JE Hernández-Cros / Mendoza Partida
Marc Sánchez, architect
Alejandro Alvárez, architect
Olga Bombac, architect
Oscar Espinosa Servin, architect
Javier de Juan, architect Jr.
BEST Costales Jaen SLP, structure
JG Ingenieros SA, facilities engineering
Q-ESTUDI, technical support