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Albert de Pineda és un dels principals experts internacionals en arquitectura hospitalària, amb experiència en congressos i trobades internacionals sobre disseny i enginyeria d'hospitals. De Pineda és arquitecte superior per l'Escola d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB) des de 1980 i va fundar el seu estudi d'arquitectura Pinearq en 1997. S'ha especialitzat en el camp de les ciències de la salut i ha construït hospitals a Espanya, Portugal, Itàlia, Alemanya, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Emirats Àrabs, la Xina, Xile i Panamà. També ha realitzat projectes de residències sanitàries, mercats, laboratoris, biblioteques, universitats i complexos residencials. Ha estat professor de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya en el Postgrau de planificació i disseny de centres hospitalaris, i participa com a docent en diferents màsters com el d·health de Biocat i el màster intensiu d'arquitectura sanitària de la UPC. És co-fundador de Hospitecnia, una plataforma online especialitzada en arquitectura, enginyeria i gestió d'espais hospitalaris.

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  1. Remodelling of the Nou and Novíssim Buildings of Barcelona City Hall

    Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Remodelling of the Nou and Novíssim Buildings of Barcelona City Hall

    The Barcelona City Council complex is made up of three buildings. The ancient building, six centuries old, is a veritable treatise on the history of the city and the different architectural styles, from Gothic to modernism. The so-called "new" building was built on the international exhibition of 1928. The so-called "newest" building, designed in 1958, is a controversial high-rise building in the heart of the city's historic centre. The administrative decentralisation of the town hall has made the approach of a general remodeling possible. The urban objectives set out are to recover the historical dimension of Sant Miquel Square. The dignification of this abused space is sought through the following actions: the search for a new location for the car park in the square, the display of the Roman ruins underground and the reduction of the height of the brand-new building. The aim is to establish an urban autonomy between the three buildings and a skyline more suitable to the plot of Ciutat Vella. The functional objectives of the set are to enhance the permeability of the buildings for urban use. Access to all three buildings is provided from a single entrance hall. It is proposed to improve the connection between the three buildings, making the labyrinthine character and the architectural barriers disappear. Finally, a location has been sought for the new meeting room: more comfortable, well equipped, and with more capacity. The architectural proposals proposed in the remodeling start from a general sponging of the buildings, from the elimination of additions and corners produced by the indiscriminate accumulation of uses. In the historic building, we want to highlight the uniqueness of the Saló de Cent, making the whole complex more understandable. The new vertical circulation of the old building allows the understanding of all the floors of the building and, at the same time, works as an access door to the new building, starting from the new axis (Sant Jaume Square), the old building and the new building. The recovery of the functionality and urbanity of the entrance of new and brand-new buildings is achieved through the appearance of a large access loggia for outdoor activities.
  2. Hospital del Mar

    Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Hospital del Mar

    The Hospital del Mar expansion and refurbishment project had a twofold objective: to define the new functional and physical organisation of the Olympic Hospital and to specify its structure and image within the actions and urban projects of the immediate seafront. From an urban point of view, the new hospital buildings had to connect the Barceloneta district with the new Olympic Village by organising a new façade of the promenade. On the other hand, there was a wish to integrate these hospital and research facilities with the plot of green spaces on the seafront, offering environmentally friendly, pleasant and spongy architectural spaces. Natural light, indoor relationships and the search for a home environment were the parameters that guided the definition of the project. Obtaining this comfortable home environment is proposed both from the functional personalisation of the building, avoiding the overcrowding in hospital accesses, consultations and services, and from the personalisation of each subset of the hospital. We are also working on deepening the functional contents of each space to enable the appropriation of these spaces by health personnel. To avoid the feeling of a building that is too large and anonymous, with overcrowded spaces, each subset of the hospital is personalised to make it possible to identify it, through its shape, materials, colour and light. In order to achieve a domestic atmosphere, both from the design of the building and from the equipment, it is necessary to delve into the contents of the space. The idea of space comfort was born, in part, from the possibility of appropriating space. In this sense, every effort has been made to ensure that all facilities are integrated into the general environment in the most harmonious way possible. All spaces enjoy the most advanced facilities, but they are not flaunted. Furniture is an essential element in the personalisation of architectural spaces and in obtaining the aforementioned domestic environment.
  3. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture - Remodelling and Rehabilitation
    Hospital del Mar

  4. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture
    Remodelling of the Nou and Novíssim Buildings of Barcelona City Hall

  5. Rehabilitation and Remodelling of La Concepció Market

    PINEARQ, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Rehabilitation and Remodelling of La Concepció Market

    This market was inaugurated in 1888 in an area of expansion in the Eixample district. The author of the building is f the architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, and it is a sample of the technological possibilities of the moment: the standardisation and repetition of structural elements of iron and glass. The remodeling of the spaces and the structure is carried out in a building that has been left between partitions in an already consolidated urban area, facing one of the busiest roads in the city. With the rehabilitation, a careful and respectful modernisation of a space in use is sought, in accordance with current spatial and social needs. Rovira i Trias thought of the market as the centre of a fabric that had to collect a series of commercial activities. This idea, which was lost over time, is resumed by returning the original transparency and permeability with this intervention. Glass walls are recovered and incorporated on the two façades of the building and the iron structure and the ceramic roof tiles are remodeled. Two basements are built for parking and for loading and unloading. The refurbishment had to be able to reactivate the block and its commercial function in the neighbourhood. Time seems to confirm this process and the recovery of the market as an element of urban cohesion. The project was also concerned with communicating the building with the contemporary city by improving access and the equipment's ability to act as a public and central space. This confirmation is reiterated 10 years after the completion of the renovation of the market, when the project received the Decade Award in 2008 as the best building built in Barcelona in 1998.
  6. Salt Psychiatric Hospital

    Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Salt Psychiatric Hospital

    El caràcter actual del parc i les baixes alçades dels pavellons existents, que donen un aire agradable al conjunt, són considerats molt positius per a la teràpia de malalts psíquics. La tradició higienista de construir un equipament sanitari en un entorn natural és una de les premisses per a l’ordenació del centre. L’edifici s’ha dividit en tres unitats d’infermeria tal com es definia en el pla funcional, ubicant-ne dues a la planta baixa i una a la planta pis. L’esmentada primera planta es relaciona amb la zona enjardinada amb l’objectiu d’evitar l’aïllament d’aquesta unitat respecte l’exterior. La disposició de la planta en forma de "L" permet definir uns patis oberts cap als que es bolquen totes les activitats comunes i públiques del centre; també facilita la diferenciació de l’àrea diürna i la nocturna. Així, l’arbrat i l’enjardinament es converteixen en elements bàsics de l’ordenació de l’edifici. La imatge de l’edifici es procura que s’integri amb la dimensió de l’arbrat actual i futur, evitant que una edificació excessivament alta o massiva perjudiqui l’equilibri entre edificació i vegetació. Des d’una visió llunyana ha de ser una imatge clara, representativa i identificable però no gaire dura; la dimensió, el color, i el ritme defineixen aquests valors.
  7. Barcelona School of Agriculture, UPC

    Brullet - De Luna Arquitectes, Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Alfonso de Luna Colldefors, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Barcelona School of Agriculture, UPC

    La nova escola d’agricultura, ubicada al Parc Tecnològic del Mediterrani, a Castelldefels, està formada per diferents volums construïts: l’edifici departamental, la sala d’actes i l’edifici principal d’aules, laboratoris de docència i recerca. Aquests blocs principals estan connectats a tres cossos de planta baixa que connecten els laboratoris de recerca i les oficines dels departaments, i permeten l’organització del complex a través de diversos patis que qualifiquen els espais als quals serveixen amb diferent intensitat. La morfologia de l’edifici està marcada per l’ús de formigó, xapa metàl·lica i bries soleils grocs que destaquen i serveixen per caracteritzar els edificis en un entorn marcat pel gris. El conjunt ha estat dissenyat per minimitzar el consum d’energia elèctrica, el consum d’aigua i les emissions de CO2. Aquesta reducció s’aconsegueix mitjançant diferents accions. L’orientació sud dels dos blocs principals i la seva obertura a aquesta façana permeten aprofitar al màxim les hores de radiació solar i reduir les necessitats de calefacció. La majoria dels espais habitats (aules i despatxos) estan situats al sud mentre que els serveis i les escales ocupen la franja nord. Els patis amb vegetació caducifoli permeten la protecció de la radiació solar a l’estiu i la seva entrada a l’hivern. Finalment, les claraboies permeten l’entrada de llum natural a les zones interiors, i també col·laboren en la reducció del consum.
  8. Santa Caterina General Hospital

    Brullet - De Luna Arquitectes, Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Alfonso de Luna Colldefors, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez, Albert Vitaller i Santiró

    Santa Caterina General Hospital

    El nou hospital forma part del complex del Parc Hospitalari Martí i Julià, originat per la presència del vell sanatori psiquiàtric projectat per Francesc Folguera i Emili Blanch als anys trenta. L’hospital de Santa Caterina se situa a la banda sud del Parc, i la part interior és ocupada per una gran trama de pavellons d’una sola planta, de manera que la vegetació pot penetrar dins els patis generats per aquests pavellons. Tota la implantació de l’hospital és baixa i extensa, i consta d’una malla bireticular de dues direccions superposada a una estructura lineal de creixement en direcció est-oest. Les circulacions segueixen dues traces paral·leles en aquesta direcció, una per al personal i l’altra per als usuaris externs. Cada unitat funcional queda situada dins aquesta estructura bàsica. D’aquesta manera s’obté una estructura hospitalària que permet el creixement i les modificacions, una organització oberta que és una de les premisses principals del disseny.
  9. Quirón Hospital

    Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Quirón Hospital

    The Quirón Clinic project, located in Alfons Comín Square, gives a volumetric response to a lot with a very rugged topography. The main characteristic is the large slope according to the north-south axis of the land, with a maximum difference of sixteen metres. The project also had to offer solutions regarding a very particular urban environment, such as the large circulation node in the square. In addition, a hospital program had to be satisfied, specific and complex by definition. The main architectural challenge of the building was the arrangement of an excessive program (46,620 m2) for the dimensions of the lot. The construction consists of sixteen floors, seven of which are underground. In this sense, an English courtyard stands out, located on the north side of the building, which allows natural lighting up to the top floor of the car park. In fact, the search for natural light and ventilation was an obsession in this compact and underground project. The L-shaped volumetry of the upper floors, open towards the street space, obeys the purpose of adapting to the structure of a square characterised by the aggregation of different perimeter spaces in its large space central. The volumetrics adopted also look for the relationship of the building with the different public spaces that it generates. Thus, the external form of the hospital is characterised by large volumes of weightless building, which give rise to these spaces and condition their topographical relationships. The entire façade is distinguished by an aluminum coating that helps the building achieve a better climate behaviour. This coating is made up of special pieces manufactured exclusively for this work.
  10. Biomedical Research Centre of Barcelona (PRBB)

    Brullet - De Luna Arquitectes, Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Biomedical Research Centre of Barcelona (PRBB)

    The Biomedical Research Park is located on the seafront of Barcelona, in an environment characterised by the proliferation of unique buildings. The proposal of a large platform that arranges the site, in a very irregular way, and the placement on top of an elevated building in the shape of a diagonally truncated elliptical cone, has allowed us to tidy up the environment and relate us quietly with the nearest volumes. The elliptical shape arises from the need to adapt a large building (about 35,000 m2 above ground level) to a very tight site with a significantly irregular shape and very different volumes around it. The building is staggered towards the sea, smooths the seafront and adapts to the buildings of the promenade, which in this area have reduced heights and rises at the back, towards the city, because it has enough space. This stepped-to-sea shape makes it easier to locate on the roof of solar panels for the production of hot water and electricity. The interior of the building is emptied to create a new reality, independent from the environment, which will frame and control the sea views and allow to regulate the sun. The structure of the building is blown up about 7 meters around its perimeter. The cladding of the façade is made of natural wood and a light openwork, without touching the floor. This second skin allows good light and energy control of the building.
  11. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture
    Biomedical Research Centre of Barcelona (PRBB)

  12. Premio Década

    Award-Winner / Winner
    Rehabilitation and Remodelling of La Concepció Market

  13. Salt Community Healthcare Building

    Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Salt Community Healthcare Building

    L´edifici sociosanitari és la última construcció del conjunt del Parc Hospitalari Martí i Julià de Salt que inclou també l´Hospital de Sta. Caterina i l´Hospital psiquiàtric, ambdós projectats també per BrulletDeLuna. El nou edifici es situa a la part Sud-oest de la parcel·la i compta amb una superfície construïda de 7.214 m2. El punt de partida pel disseny del sociosanitari serà la seva integració dins el conjunt del Parc Hospitalari. S’ha dissenyat un edifici amb soterrani, planta baixa i una única alçada. L´edifici es composa amb tres gran peces cadascuna de les quals conté habitacions i una sala comú. Cada peça està completament rodejada de zones verdes que qualifiquen els espais interiors. El treball acurat amb la llum natural i l’elecció de materials càlids doten a la construcció d´una domesticitat capaç de satisfer les necessitats dels residents del centre els quals, donat que han de passar llargues estades en l´edifici, han de sentir-se “com a casa”. El nou edifici compta amb una unitat d´hospitalització geriàtrica de mitja i llarga estada amb 22 habitacions, una unitat d’hospitalització psico-geriàtrica amb 22 habitacions i una unitat d’hospitalització psico-geriàtrica de demències de 21 habitacions. També hi ha un Centre de dia geriàtric i Centre de dia de demències, amb capacitat de 25 places cadascun, i que comparteixen serveis com recepció, despatxos mèdics i d´infermeria, sala de rehabilitació, magatzems… Finalment, hi ha una Unitat de diagnosi i valoració geriàtrica i de demències que està formada por cinc despatxos, sala d´espera i sala de reunions.
  14. Reforma i Ampliació de l’Hospital-Asil de Granollers

    PINEARQ, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

  15. Dolors Aleu Social and Healthcare Centre

    PINEARQ, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Dolors Aleu Social and Healthcare Centre

    It is a new building in a consolidated urban area, with one side facing the Ronda del General Mitre, one of the most important roads with the highest traffic density in Barcelona, and the other sides facing small neighbourhood roads. For this reason, the building varies in height and the façades respond to the different environments. There is a plinth covered with concrete panels that marks the first floors of the building; the ones at the top, where the rooms are, are worked with panels finished in aluminum that fold in some parts to mark the openings to the outside. The module covered with wooden slats that juts out over the main road houses spaces for community use on each floor. In addition to the characteristics of the area, there is the challenge of producing collective spaces – for protection, exchange and permanence – in a plot of minimum dimensions for a building of this type. There was just enough area to develop the rooms and service areas, but a way was sought to create spaces so that the patients could socialise. On the ground floor of Dolors Aleu, in the southern part of the building, the activities of the gym and the cafeteria, generally limited to the spaces created for such purposes, can extend to the terrace, open on one side towards the Ronda de General Mitre. The roof that results from the change in volume on the third floor becomes passable and is used as a terrace for patients and visitors. The central corridor, which organises the spaces on all floors, on this level opens towards the outside to configure a patio with trees and rest benches. The wood and metal of the façades are repeated in the furniture and in the pavement of the terrace, consistent with the materiality of the entire building. In the typical floor plan there are two interior meeting areas, each at the end of the central corridor. These spaces were left free, with the ability to assume any type of collective function.
  16. Moisès Broggi Hospital

    Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Moisès Broggi Hospital

    The Sant Joan Despí Doctor Moisès Broggi Hospital is a newly built hospital designed to serve a population of 300,000 inhabitants in the Catalan region of Baix Llobregat, in Spain. The organisation and layout of the Hospital within the plot is determined by the accesses to it, the orientations, and the topographical conditions of the land. The adaptation to the site, and to its conditions of access and environment, explain the solution adopted. Indeed, the land has a long boundary oriented to the north where Baix Llobregat Avenue is located. The main access is located at the south-west end of the plot, at the highest level, from where you can also access the ambulatory area. However, the main access to the consultations is independent and is located on the north façade, on Baix Llobregat Avenue, from which it can be accessed more easily by public transport. Also, with the idea of differentiating access according to functionality, the emergency access is located at the north-west end of the plot. This access is at the lowest level, one floor below the main access. Finally, access to the loading and unloading dock is on the east side. Architecturally, a compact building has been chosen, looking to solve the following concepts technically and functionally: 1. Specialisation of circulations The separate sanitary and public circulations are designed to avoid interference between one and the other. Hence the solution of placing all the healthcare areas in the basement -1, to avoid the appearance of beds on the access floor. The proposal for independent access to external consultations and the rest of outpatient services enables access to external visits or inpatients from two different accesses. The compositional clarity of the routes and the continuous relationship between the building's exterior and interior make it easier for the user to find their way around the hospital. 2. Hospitalisation units All the rooms of the inpatient units have been oriented to the south and to the new park, overlooking a quiet and wooded area, protecting these facades through a brise-soleil of red cedar wood boards from Canada. No hospitalisation unit is isolated from the others to enable the interrelationship of health personnel: hence the solution of four units on the first floor, three on the second and three on the third. 3. Area of external inquiries It differs from the hospital area itself in order to improve its functionality. Deeper recesses have been built to adapt to the different hourly operation and natural light has been enhanced through zenithal lighting, without the need for patios, thus achieving a compact building and reducing operating costs. 4. Built volume A balance has been sought between the desire to achieve an extensive building and the desire to preserve an important space as a garden area, while at the same time minimising the internal routes to make the operation of the hospital more rational. This compaction of the building and the fact that much of the construction is located below ground level, has been accompanied by the location of a series of patios that allow lighting of most of the building's spaces, looking for a discreet urban footprint despite the large built volume. 5. Sustainability The building normalises the concept of Sustainability as it is incorporated from the initial design, seeking to create a building capable of great energy savings. This is achieved both by the architectural design (building closed to the north and open to the south, controls of the external sun through the brise-soleils, and design of the façades) and by the installation of technical mechanisms such as photovoltaic panels and rainwater reuse systems.
  17. Hospital de Cerdanya

    Brullet - De Luna Arquitectes, PINEARQ, Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Alfonso de Luna Colldefors, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Hospital de Cerdanya

    L’Hospital de La Cerdanya es localitza al límit nord de Puigcerdà, en una zona en desenvolupament. Aquesta especial ubicació geogràfica ha permès que sigui possible aplicar un instrument legal especial, Agrupació Europea de Cooperació Territorial (AECT), que permet la gestió conjunta d’un centre hospitalari per als sistemes de salut pública dels estats veïns. El projecte també va ser recolzat activament pel Programa de Cooperació Territorial Espanya-França-Andorra (POCTEFA 2007-2013). L’àrea d’influència del nou hospital consta de 32.000 habitants, entre els tres països, amb una forta afluència de turistes. Aquesta edificació ha d’estructurar aquesta nova peça de ciutat a partir de la formalització dels carrers plantejats i d’una gran plaça arbrada. Per això, es projecta una volumetria contundent, un referent urbà: un trapezi de baixa alçada, amb una gran coberta inclinada cap a la plaça i una torre d’instal·lacions que equilibra l’horitzontalitat del projecte. Es seleccionen materials d’alta durabilitat i adequats a l’ambient de l’alta muntanya: cobertes de zinc, façanes de pedra i tancaments de fusta. S’utilitza el formigó vist com a element de tancament per garantir el bon funcionament de l’edifici a llarg dels anys.
  18. Ampliació de l'Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (Fase 2)

    PINEARQ, Albert de Pineda i Álvarez

    Ampliació de l'Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (Fase 2)

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