.vc_custom_1491733794123{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}

Office building in Sarrià, Barcelona

In association with Bonell, Gil and Rius.

FAD awards 2004 finalist.

In 1997, when the football club RCD Espanyol in Barcelona left the Sarrià stadium, the city gained a large space that was turned into a residential and office complex, in accordance with the directives of the General Metropolitan Plan. The premises of the project –drawn up by the Ribas & Ribas team, in collaboration with E. Bonell, J. M. Gil and F. Rius–, were to free the maximum amount of public land to make an urban park, defining a non-congestive building of housing units, seeking harmony between the alignments, heights, densities and distances and the environment, and to strengthen the area’s connections to achieve a better and safer flow of pedestrians and vehicles. The plan followed the guidelines of Dutch urban planning and not that within the constructive layout of Barcelona.

The offices are situated in two bodies of different volumes and heights, which have similarly-executed façades that nify them with the other buildings of the complex. The predominant element is the glazed closures and the pronounced horizontal projections, which act as solar and acoustic protection, and lighten the dimensions of the buildings. The ground plans, of a basically rectangular shape, are very simple and focus on a services point and the nuclei of vertical communication, in order to leave a larger surface of the floor free.

  • /