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Doctor arquitecte i Catedràtic de projectes arquitectònics de la UPC i Director de la Càtedra Blanca de Barcelona. Acadèmic electe de la Reial Acadèmia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. Investit Doctor Honoris Causa per la Universitat de Trieste.

L'any 2006 constitueix amb Xavier Martí, Lucía Ferrater i Borja Ferrater, la societat Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), amb Núria Ayala com a Directora de Projectes.
Premi Nacional d’Arquitectura 2009 a la seva trajectòria, atorgat pel Ministeri de Vivenda i nomenat des de Desembre de 2011 membre del Royal Institute of British Architects (International Felow of the RIBA). Medalla d’Or al Mèrit en les Belles Arts 2019.

Des de l'any 2000 ha rebut cinc premis FAD, el Premi Ciutat de Barcelona en les seves edicions 1999 i 2008, el premi Ciudad de Madrid, el premi internacional d'arquitectura i enginyeria Brunel 2005 atorgat per la Família Reial de Dinamarca i el premi BigMat en el 2009. Ha estat finalista del Premi Mies van der Rohe en quatre ocasions i nominat en unes altres set. Ha rebut el Premi Nacional d'Arquitectura Espanyola 2001 pel Palau de Congressos de Catalunya i 2011 pel Passeig Marítim de Benidorm, el premi Dedalo Minosse 2006 a Vicenza, el premi Dècada 2006 i el premi Internacional Flyer 2007. Premi internacional del RIBA 2008 per la monografia de l'editorial MP. Ha rebut una menció a la X Biennal Espanyola d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme en el 2009 i una altra menció especial del Premi Europeu de l’Espai Púbic Urbà 2010 pel Passeig Marítim de la Platja de Ponent de Benidorm que també ha rebut el Premi Nacional d’Arquitectura Espanyola 2011, el Premi FAD, els Premis CEMEX, el Premi Saloni, el Premi ASCER, el FOPA, el Premi del COACV 2007-2009, així com el Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award “best new global design” del 2010. Ha estat convidat al Pavelló Internacional i al Pavelló Espanyol de la Biennal de Venècia 2004, pel MOMA de Nova York a l'exposició “On site: New Architecture in Spain” i per exposar monogràficament la seva obra en el Crown Hall IIT de Chicago, pel Museu de Belles Arts de Bilbao, l'Institut Tecnològic d'Israel, el Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya, la Fundació del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Madrid i l’Accquario de Roma. Des de juny de 2012 diverses maquetes i dibuixos originals del Passeig Marítim de Benidorm han passat a formar part de la col·lecció del Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, algunes d’elles exposades a l’exposició temporal del Pompidou a Málaga “Utopies Modernes” juntament amb l’Edifici Ibèria de Passeig de Gràcia i el Jardí Botànic de Barcelona. També diversos dibuixos originals formen part de l’Avery Collection de la Universitat de Columbia.

És autor, entre d’altres obres, de les 3 illes a la Vila Olímpica de Barcelona, la Vila Olímpica de la Vall d’Hebron, l'Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, el Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, l'Auditori de Castelló, l'Institut Científic i el Jardí Botànic de Barcelona, el Reial Club de Golf El Prat, Edificis al Passeig de Gràcia de Barcelona, l'Estació Intermodal de Saragossa, l'edifici MediaPro a Barcelona, la torre Aquileia a Venècia, el Parque de las Ciencias de Granada i el Passeig Marítim de la Platja de Ponent de Benidorm, les seus de GISA i FGC a Barcelona, la Casa AA a Sant Cugat, la Biblioteca de Vila-real, vivendes a Abandoibarra i l’Hospital IMQ (Bilbao) i la seu de Michelin a Paris, el Centre Cultural des Jacobins a Le Mans, edificis d’oficines a Barcelona, els edificis intermodal i multimodal a l’Aeroport de Barcelona, l’Aeroport de Múrcia, vivendes a Toulouse, conjunts corporatius i hotelers a Turquia, la reordenació del Port de Tànger, Edificis de la Llotja de Mar a Barcelona, una torre d’oficines a Guadalajara (Mèxic), entre d’altres. Entre les obres en curs destaca un edifici de vivendes a Montevideo un edifici per a una seu corporativa a Beirut, el Jardí Botànic d’Almaty un Hotel a Dubai, Ampliació de la ONG Fundació Centre Esplai i desenvolupament d’un edifici per al tercer sector al Prat (Barcelona), un Hotel a Madrid, un edifici de vivendes i la CASA Seat al Passeig de Gràcia de Barcelona.

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  1. Sant Just Park

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Sant Just Park

    El projecte consistia en ubicar un conjunt residencial a una finca enjardinada amb un fort pendent situada al afores de Barcelona. El pas previ va consistir en ordenar uns volums a la secció del terreny preservant les masses arbòries. Analitzant avui el projecte realitzat al principi de la dècada dels anys setanta observo com aquells edificis escalonats contra el pendent de la muntanya -projectats amb la vista posada en Coderch, per a mi l’últim gran mestre i que foren construïts amb maó artesanal, fusta de melis i xemeneies de ferro negre que sorgeixen entre els pins- suporten bé el pas del temps. Les plantes han anat cobrint les façanes escalonades com una prolongació del jardí i, juntament amb la noblesa dels materials emprats, han contribuït a aquesta bona permanència al llarg del temps.
  2. Edifici El Port

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Edifici El Port

    L'Estartit era fins fa uns anys un petit poble desenvolupat linealment en una estreta franja de terreny entre la platja i la muntanya. La seva imatge era la típica d'un poble de pescadors amb les seves petites cases entre mitgeres, amb alineacions reculades forçades per la geografia, formant un conjunt de cases emblanquinades contra el fons verd de la muntanya. Es va construir el dic en forma d'abric, edificant un gran port esportiu a l'antiga platja, i en el seu lloc va sorgir un passeig marítim. La situació de l'edifici al final de la cinta de construcció, entre l'actual passeig i els carrers d'Illes, vial de vianants sobre el qual es va formar el poble, fa que el projecte es plantegi, d'una banda, amb una vocació urbana sobre un passeig . La casa s'estructura en dues zones: l'anterior, orientada al sud, ofereix un conjunt de safates obertes al port i al mar; sobre ella es desenvolupen les zones de relació dels habitatges. I la posterior, orientada al carrer d'Illes, en la qual, contràriament, les finestres s'obren al mur; els dormitoris i serveis dels habitatges orienten les seves vistes sobre la muntanya, recollint a més l'accés que, aprofita el desnivell existent entre el passeig i el carrer posterior i allibera la planta comercial. El projecte presenta alguns aspectes que poden ser comentats: per exemple, el tractament de la doble façana, per una banda, el tancament de tendals que recupera el pla del passeig i, de l'altra, el tancament intern totalment envidriat que recull les necessitats del programa buscant una certa geometria i orientació dels espais, alhora que forma, al llarg de les terrasses corregudes, zones de diferents dimensions i usos. Altres aspectes a tenir en compte són el tancament dels baixos a manera d'enorme sòcol de vidre, la cornisa superior de remat de l'edifici que transparenta el cel i de la qual emergeixen les rematades de les xemeneies, o el disseny de les baranes, mampares i xemeneies, record d'una certa iconografia naval. I ja més en particular, crec que val la pena destacar l'èmfasi posat en la construcció: l'edifici, tot ell d'obra vista col·locada amb profunda junt horitzontal, obviant les verticals i pintada amb poliuretà blanc, fa que l'aspecte de la paret sigui el d'un enllistonat horitzontal continu.
  3. Bertran 67 Apartment Building

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Bertran 67 Apartment Building

    The project tries to establish a symbiosis between the aspects of the traditional Mediterranean house – the entrance/atrium, the internal street of access to the houses, the patio-garden of the Roman house, etc. – with the intentions of the movement modern, such as the concrete structure, the splitting into duplex, the recovery of the roof, etc... Likewise, construction is understood as an artisanal process with a high prevalence of trades, using old techniques such as plastered lime stucco, appliqués or marble gravel pavements, together with the most sophisticated techniques in the treatment of plastics, glass and aluminum. The fact that the new regulations of the A.M.B qualify large areas of urban centres as extensive residential (12 and 13) – where the great height of the unfolded ground floor equals the main body of the building, together with the fact that more than 50% of the building is not intended for residence – I think that it forces a fairly radical reconsideration in the preparation of the project, both in compositional criteria and in programmatic and typological ones. In this short report I will limit myself to listing some of the intentions of the project that foreshadow the result, without going into considerations about the formal language used. 1- Complying with the regulations regarding parking spaces – avoiding the trauma of the ramp and the use of a small basement between the partition walls – led me to the solution of the lateral garages on the ground floor. 2- The entrance atrium avoids the theme of the receding loft, giving the duplex premises a higher quality in the form of a small gallery. 3- The layout of the staircase and the replacement of the lift by a small freight lift frees up the centre allowing a more global and clear reading from the lobby. 4- The sum of the circulation spaces with the necessary surfaces of interior courtyards allows greater generosity in the treatment of community space, transforming it into a street and interior courtyard. 5- The choice of a typology of duplex homes, recovering for each of them its proportional part of the roof-solarium, turns them almost into terraced homes. 6- The recovery of the patio-garden inside the island, taking advantage of the existing unevenness, allows the location of the underground premises and the small duplex studios with access from the ground floor.
  4. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Bertran 67 Apartment Building

  5. Adeqüació del Parc de Torreblanca

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Adeqüació del Parc de Torreblanca

    El terreny, d'unes 12 Ha, cau en suau pendent cap al sud, i el parc es configura sobre un circuit amb tres parts diferenciades: l'orientada al sud, on es trobava l'antic palau, que es reconstrueix amb vegetació en forma de laberint, envoltat de palmeres, xiprers i parterres; la zona del llac, amb pèrgoles, illes, grutes amb una imatge romàntica que recorda les novel·les de Stevenson, i la zona d'avingudes amb xiprers, estàtues i àrees pavimentades a l'aire lliure. En elles se situa un conjunt d'elements a manera d'episodis, com un teatrí, bar, grades, grups de bancs, etc ... que fomentaran la possibilitat de múltiples activitats. Les obres han mantingut i potenciat els valors actuals de la finca, cosint les diferents zones amb una avinguda arbrada creant un segon parc estoig del primer, mitjançant una geometria de trapezis aterrassats, alternant places arbrades amb roserars protegides del soroll i el vent mitjançant talussos enjardinats amb enfiladisses. Així mateix, es crea un gran saló a l'aire lliure amb formacions de plàtans, plantats seguint les lleis de la perspectiva que dóna com a resultat l'obtenció d'un sense nombre d'avingudes parabòliques, reforçant la geometria i les dimensions de l'espai destinat, juntament amb la pineda i els jardins, a l'ús de grans masses de gent.
  6. Guix de la Meda House

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Guix de la Meda House

    La casa se situa entre dos carrers a cotes molt diferents, i amb accés des del carrer superior. Així, la terrassa d’accés revesteix un caràcter especial, amb la vista al fons d’una roca triangular molt significada. L’emplaçament del programa es fa distribuint els diferents usos entre els dos nivells existents, estrets i molt allargats. La força de la secció s’expressa en els diferents materials emprats a les successives filades, des de la pedra tosca de la part baixa fins a la delicada construcció de maó de l’entrada, coronada per un triangle de coure i vidre, metàfora de la illeta que inspira tota la casa.
  7. El Montgrí Sports Pavilion

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Jeroni Moner i Codina, Arcadi Pla i Masmiquel

    El Montgrí Sports Pavilion

    El projecte afronta el repte de construir un petit pavelló poliesportiu a la falda del Montgrí, en un terreny en lleuger pendent. La solució és alhora funcional, constructiva i paisatgística: la caixa de la pista esportiva és l’únic volum visible des de la llunyania, i és recoberta amb vidre translúcid armat. El contacte directe amb el terreny té lloc a través d’un pòrtic perimetral que envolta la pista i que estableix una continuïtat amb la graderia mitjançant una escalinata en cascada. El cos longitudinal de serveis, en contacte amb el terreny, permet un recorregut exterior que condueix, a l’extrem est de l’edifici, a un mirador.
  8. Bertran 113 Apartment Building

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Bertran 113 Apartment Building

    Going up Bertrán Street, two years later and 100 metres further up, I found a program with a similar approach, a different geometry (9 x 30m) and the experience of the first intervention. The result is conditioned by a new way of solving the entrance atrium and its relationship with the street. The entrance to the building is understood as a journey through a glazed gallery of premises and a tunnel of maple wood forming the lobby to finally emerge at an intermediate level on an interior landscaped courtyard covered by a large skylight. From here, a staircase is developed, the lateral service galleries and walkways that allow access to the six duplex homes from which the roof is recovered for private use. From the same interior patio, you can access the studio on the garden floor, creating a garden and a pergola overlooking the tennis club. The structure takes on a 3--2-1-2--3 rhythm, which makes it possible to perfectly overcome the problems posed by the external courtyard façades, those of the construction of the houses’ stairs and those of the central courtyard. The splitting of the ground floor, three metres back from the street, is solved by supporting it from the upper slab, which allows the general open structure to be maintained. Consequently, the retraction of the mezzanine floor plan and the displacement of the lateral porticoes allow the central pillar of the façade to be slender, which allows the binding or curvature to be almost eliminated. Some details on materials and techniques used are: -Reticular slabs with concrete bearing structure. -Appliqués with stone slabs on the street façade. - Interior façades with Cotegran coating with horizontal joints. -Interior metal staircase with sections made up of lacquered wood counters and marble slabs. - South cream marble floors. -Glazing on the street façade and at the top of the commercial premises with 8mm glass. -Spotlights for reflection in the entrance atrium. -The lobby tunnel with maple-applied counters and brass joints on a wooden rib structure. -Skylight formed by profiles with Plexi-type translucent tables forming a camera. -Awnings and interior blinds with helios-creen material. -Black oxidised aluminum closures. - Pergola-garden in rustic wood treated with copper salts and a pavement made of railway sleepers on a bed of sand. -Garden consisting of cypress trees and grass, bougainvillea on the south wall and climbing vines on the bottom and north wall as well as an arch of white roses in the pergola on a background of acacias.
  9. Premio Nacional de Arquitectura

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

  10. Sant Just Park II

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Sant Just Park II

    La gran coberta unitària i la barbacana en volada desplaçada ajuden a accentuar aquesta idea d’edifici compacte i unitari. En referència al segon aspecte que s’ha tingut en compte en projectar aquests habitatges ha estat el de la seva organització interna. A diferència de com habitualment es realitza -amb una escala central que connecta les diferents plantes mitjançant un joc de tres escales creuades que recorren l’edifici longitudinalment i transversalment i, recolzant-se en espais a doble altura- es va connectant i relacionant les diferents zones de la casa per aconseguir una major riquesa espacial i de llum interior. Així mateix, el joc del doble espai permet privatitzar l’ús dels jardins individuals en eliminar les vistes sobre els jardins adjacents. Respecte al programa; en els dos nivells inferiors es situa el garatge, serveis, cuina-menjador i sales d’estar i en els nivells alts els dormitoris i un espai polivalent sota la coberta. El joc d’escales i els espais a doble altura ha permès diverses variants de distribució interior. A la part alta de la finca prop de la carena de la muntanya es localitza un edifici més reduït de tres plantes d’uns 300 m2 cada una entre un bosc de pins i garrofers. L’accés a aquest edifici es realitza a través d’un túnel sota el jardí, que condueix a la planta d’aparcament i serveis comunitaris, o bé, a través del jardí per un petit sender junt al mur de pedra flanquejat per magnòlies i baladres que condueix fins al volum cilíndric de l’entrada. Els aspectes que han prevalgut en projectar aquest edifici han estat els següents: 1) Aconseguir una bona relació amb l’espai exterior on les obertures van adoptant solucions diferents en funció de l’ús i de les condicions de l’entorn. Així, les sales d’estar s’obren a les grans terrasses amb marquesines i pèrgoles a la façana sud, la torre de vidre en vorada des d’ on es visualitzen els jardins antics, l’obertura en forma de gran finestral que agrupen els dormitoris dels nens sobre el jardí posterior, el mur cortina de la biblioteca sobre el bosc, la finestra enfocant al paisatge del final de corredor i les finestretes pautades de la zona de servei o les bretxes obertes entre els murs sobre visuals específiques. Totes elles contribueixen a aconseguir una bona relació de les diferents zones amb el lloc. 2) Aconseguir una organització complexa des de la simplicitat del traçat de la planta de l’habitatge, en la que els espais es van sobreposant amb fluïdesa seguint l’ordre de l’estructura. 3) Posar èmfasi en la construcció en base a làmines de tancament de maó artesanal que, en interrompre’s, permet radiografiar la construcció mixta de pilars metàl·lics i lloses de formigó amb aspectes parcials com la utilització de nusos rígids, articulats, de recolzament simple o en volada per al sosteniment de la façana frontal. 4) Finalment, la utilització de materials nobles com la pedra de nicorella pròpia del lloc, els maons manuals “maonets”, el formigó vist, la fusta de teka, l’acer i el vidre hauran de contribuir a la desitjada integració amb el context i al bon aspecte del pas del temps que esmentava al principi.
  11. House on Passeig Molinet

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    House on Passeig Molinet

    El Passeig Molinet discorre seguint la costa rocosa a uns tres metres sobre el nivell del mar des de l’espigó que tanca la dàrsena de l’Estartit, fins el Molinet; un penyal que limita el Freu, canal entre l’illa i la costa. Darrera el mur de pedra hi ha un pati empedrat amb accés a la terrassa superior, mitjançant una escala exterior de fusta de teka, i directament a la zona de convidats reconstruïda sobre antics murs i que s’obre al pati. A sota l’escala una porta comunica amb el garatge. Des del fons d’aquest una escala transversal permet l’ accés a les plantes altes articulant l’habitatge i separant les zones de servei de les zones d’estar. El projecte es planteja des de la secció. Un gran buit central conforma el doble espai comunicant visualment la muntanya a través d’un finestral en arc sobre el pati posterior, i el mar a través de la gran vidriera que en forma de proa tanca la casa en la façana frontal.
  12. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Buildings of new plant for private use

    FAD Award

    Sant Just Park II

  13. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Buildings of new plant for private use

    FAD Award

    House on Passeig Molinet

  14. Estartit Sailing Club

    Juan Díaz Suñer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Gerard Rodriguez Aneiros

    Estartit Sailing Club

    L’edifici ocupa una de les cantonades del moll del port esportiu, inclòs dins la dàrsena del port de l’Estartit. És format per dos cossos articulats en forma de L. Un mur situat a la bisectriu de la cantonada fa alhora de separador i d’articulador. El cos principal aprofita les vistes al mar a través d’un gran parament vidrat i d’un petit altell, que permet elevar el punt de vista. Les visuals, estudiades d’una a una, pretenen crear una sèrie de seqüències que van des del passeig marítim, al darrere, fins a l’horitzó del mar. L’edifici actua com un delicat dispositiu visual que té en compte tots els elements de l’entorn.
  15. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Buildings of new plant for public use

    FAD Award

    Estartit Sailing Club

  16. Lola Restaurant

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Lola Restaurant

    This project strikes a balance between the turn-of-the-century building and the construction of a dining aedicule located in the backyard of the building. A toothed and radial plan adapts as if it were origami to the edges of the courtyard and the front façade takes on a circular shape that recreates a small "piacetta". Lattice beams radiate the irregular perimeter and their length is adapted to each one, thus allowing a polygonal and faceted roof to be built through them. This set of beams and scales allows different light effects by providing the interior with a southern lighting combined with the northern lighting of the main façade and also the one that enters sifted through the bamboo canes of the remaining façades.
  17. Vall d'Hebron Housing Complex

    Josep Maria Cartañá i Gubern, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Vall d'Hebron Housing Complex

    El projecte es situa a una àrea de grans transformacions responent a les diverses sol.licitacions de l’entorn. Al costat nord s’alça un edifici de grans dimensions de traçat orgànic al que es reforça la linealitat, va adaptant-se al desnivell del terreny i oferint-se com element de tancament del conjunt des d’una perspectiva llunyana. Tancant els laterals de les places, dos conjunts lineals de doble bloc, de diferent secció i crugía, recullen a l’interior del pati els nuclis de circulació vertical. Un petit bloc lineal de baixa alçada va cosint els diferents edificis tancant l’àmbit de les places i fent de sòcol i suport a les dues torres aïllades.
  18. Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel

    Josep Maria Cartañá i Gubern, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel

    La construcció de l’espai interior és el resultat d’un conjunt d’operacions projectuals i constructives. La primera d’elles consisteix en lliscar l’encofrat de les plantes d’habitacions formant un joc de poligonals que van facetant i reglant les diferents superfícies que componen la primera façana interior. Aquest conjunt de plans que dinamitzen l’espai ajuden a controlar l’acústica del gran vestíbul. Aquest primer tancament es construeix mitjançant unes cornises de formigó i unes baranes realitzades en dos plans, un de vidre i un altre d’elements d’alumini fos, que mantenint la seva qualitat diàfana i cristal·lina, eviten els problemes de vertigen, els de neteja, els de manteniment i el recanvi de les seves diferents peces. Dues ranures, una d’il·luminació i l’altra per a injecció d’aire que pressuritza els passadissos, completen aquesta primera membrana. Aquesta façana es complementa amb l’interior que tanca les habitacions formada per les superfícies el·líptiques que tanquen els banys, recobertes de làmines corbes de aulocobond i els pilars cilíndrics folrats en palma de caoba d’igual secció en tota la seva alçada, que recullen les entrades de les habitacions. La segona operació projectual es desenvolupa a la secció. Aquest espai s’estructura verticalment en tres parts: l’inferior de 10 m d’alçada, rematada per unes superfícies corbes inclinades que corresponen al tancament de les plantes tècniques i que per la seva condició lleugerament voltada reforça la personalitat d’aquest primer nivell que disposa també d’una climatització diferenciada. El segon nivell que forma part d’un altre pla visual es constitueix per les dotze plantes d’habitacions que configuren la part central de l’espai de 42 m d’alçada mitjançant el joc de poligonals. Finalment les dues plantes reculen permetent l’entrada de llum i sortida de fums, que convertiria aquest espai, en cas d’incendi, en un pati obert zenitalment. Les últimes plantes amb el traçat corb i els ampits opacs actuen com a remat de tot aquest espai. La il·luminació s’aconsegueix amb un gran vitrall mirant a nord i es rigiditza amb uns nervis trencats i horitzontals. Un conjunt de perfils metàl·lics fan els nusos i, en el seus plecs hi ha la fusteria metàl·lica estructural que suporta els vidres. Una marquesina travessa el vitrall per recollir l’accés i arribada de cotxes. Aquest gran vitrall i les obertures a les cobertes il·luminen amb llum de nord el vestíbul fent innecessària la llum artificial. Això fa que la percepció espaial sigui inversa durant la nit o el dia. Quan és de dia l’espai es projecta vers l’exterior accentuant la llum natural les facetes , les arestes i els plans. A la nit el procés s’inverteix, l’espai es tanca en si mateix, la llum artificial marca i segueix les línies i el vitrall que reflexa l’interior i deixa veure les llums emblemàtiques de la ciutat. A les bandes del vitrall es situen dues grans pantalles de formigó realitzades amb encofrat lliscant i que contenen a l’interior totes les instal·lacions verticals servint a cada planta de connexió i tancament de circuits. Aquestes parets comprenen la climatització, extracció i renovació d’aire als banys, evacuació de gasos i els conductes de les xemeneies, montacarros, montamaletes i conductes de roba, els offices de planta, escales d’emergència i instal·lació de seguretat. Aquests murs fan possible la relació entre els usuaris i totes les xarxes de serveis sense encreuaments, i conformen a l’exterior la façana principal d’accés, privant des de l’exterior la vista de les habitacions i provoquen un fort canvi d’escala que ajuda a situar l’edifici sobre el terreny.
  19. Habitatges Francesc Macià 1

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Habitatges Francesc Macià 1

    El projecte intenta desenvolupar una solució basada en la teatralitat de l'arquitectura creant un escenari diferent a aquell que s'havia concebut originalment. Es crearen tres tipologies diferents. El llarg passadís de la planta primera es presenta com el centre de gravetat del projecte. Actua com a element intermedi connectant la part superior i inferior de l'edifici, formant un balcó visual des del qual es veu l'escenari urbà creat. Com a contrapunt a l'espai interior l'ordre rítmic de les façanes al carrer contribueixen a produir un efecte sobri i urbà. L'ús dels materials (acer, alumini, fusta, pedra i murs revocats), formant combinacions, defineixen el diàleg plàstic i cromàtic de l'edifici.
  20. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design - Public, Commercial and Professional Interiors

    FAD Award

    Lola Restaurant

  21. Premio Nacional de Arquitectura

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

  22. House and Studio for a Photographer

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    House and Studio for a Photographer

    La casa es configura com un acoblament de cossos adossats, a la manera de les construccions rurals. El primer cos ja existia: era un graner de pedra de planta quadrada, que ara ha esdevingut la sala d’estar. El cos del dormitori queda separat del primer i, entre tots dos, un tercer cos permet l’entrada i acull el menjador i la cuina. Darrere d’aquestes peces hi ha el plató fotogràfic, de mesures determinades pel client. La secció de la coberta inclou l’entrada de llum zenital, a més d’una segona obertura, a ponent, que permet l’entrada a l’estudi de la llum càlida del vespre. El pavelló de convidats, una petita estructura de fusta, es troba a l’altre extrem del jardí.
  23. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    House and Studio for a Photographer

  24. Consell Comarcal del Baix Llobregat

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Xavier Güell i Guix

    Consell Comarcal del Baix Llobregat

    A l'interior del recinte del Parc de Torreblanca es trobava, en un estat gairebé ruïnós, una antiga edificació. Un soterrani destinat a cellers i a sobre d'ell una nau de gran alçada destinada a usos agrícoles. El projecte proposa un edifici de nova planta que envolta l'antiga edificació. Es deprimeix el terreny mitjançant talussos enjardinats convertint la planta subterrània en el gran vestíbul i sala d'exposicions del nou edifici. A la planta superior s'ubica el saló de plens aprofitant l'antiga estructura d'arcs amb una nova coberta de secció esglaonada. Al seu voltant se situen les dependències del nou Consell. Un conjunt de buits realitzats a l'antiga estructura li confereixen una nova dimensió espacial reforçada amb el joc de llum natural.
  25. Triginer House

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Triginer House

    This is a single-family home in Vallvidrera, on plot number 4 of the existing estate between the streets of Actor Morano and the funicular’s route. The plot is located on a steep slope with accessibility problems, with a north-east orientation although with magnificent wide views over a forest close to the city. The house is built in two parallel and staggered bodies on the slope that build an empty space, oriented to the south, with a distant view of a mountain and the sea. These two bodies are connected on the lower level by organising the garage and annexes at the back, and a linear and continuous space at the front: hall and play area, gym with changing rooms and sauna, and owner's suite. Spaces that communicate through sliding panels and that connect to the outdoor pool. At the top of the front body there is a large space intended for living room-library-study which is connected to the lower level by an open staircase with a zenith skylight over the hall and a small secret staircase hidden by a piece of furniture, which connects the living room with the owner's bedroom. A small dining room and the kitchen are in the rear body. Between these bodies and crossing as a connecting link is the patio, there is a small, glazed body that can be opened and incorporated into the empty space between the two volumes. This space plays with light by means of large mobile panels next to the sea and a pergola suspended by catenaries of small wooden slats that offer denser shade. The background of this space, which incorporates the kitchen, is the mountain where a forest of black reed bamboos has been planted. The side garden that joins this space with the lower level of the pool is made up of another grove of white cane bamboo. Finally, the guest suite is at the top of the rear body, communicated by a staircase that intertwines the three levels.
  26. Fitness Centre of the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Fitness Centre of the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I

    La idea de construir un edifici subterrani neix de la impossibilitat urbanística de construir sobre la rasant del terreny. L’edifici s’endinsa doncs al subsòl buscant unes antigues lloses de cimentació a 7m de profunditat. El que a primera vista es llegeix com un conjunt de murs en forma d’escultura al paisatge, al seu interior, aquesta percepció esdevé quelcom enganyosa. Els falsos murs resulten ser jàsseres de grans cantells susceptibles de suportar grans lluernes i aguantar el pes de les terres aconseguint certa diafanitat espacial i ajudant a connectar a l’interior les diferents zones del programa. El pati central, de superfície reduïda (una mica més de 100m2), es concep en forma d’estrella i, això permet, per altra banda, que gràcies als seus llargs braços facin penetrar la llum en profunditat ocultant al mateix temps una part del seu traçat el qual fa difícil descobrir la seva escala. L’edifici es construeix amb un únic material (el formigó armat) i el procés de construcció discorre únicament amb l’ordre geomètric dels encofrats que es cuiden més en els falsos murs, i es deixen en brut en la formació de les lloses inclinades. Un únic detall constructiu -en el canvi de secció dels murs del nivell inferior en augmentar i formar pantalles que defineixen l’espai central- permet la impermeabilització i formació del mirall d’aigua. El programa s’organitza en dos nivells: l’inferior conté els vestuaris, saunes, jacuzzi, banys turcs i les activitats de caràcter més privat. Al nivell superior -ubicat sota terra però en contacte amb el jardí a través de rampes que el comuniquen visualment amb l’exterior- conté totes les activitats pròpies d’un centre d’aquestes característiques: aeròbic, ioga, dansa, sales de musculació, cardiovascular, relaxació, piscina, centre de bellesa, centre mèdic, botiga i serveis auxiliars. Un doble mur perimetral connectat a una sala d’instal·lacions proveeix totes les necessitats tècniques dels diferents espais, alliberant doncs els sostres i terres de la necessitat d’acollir elements tècnics i aconseguint així una gran diafanitat. Al final, l’edifici se’ns mostra com una caixa de llum sota terra que relaciona l’espai interior i jardins amb l’exterior, aprofita els reflexos de la llum a l’aigua, comunica visualment els diferents espais i impedeix les mirades des de l’exterior.
  27. Arruga Cinema Studios

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Arruga Cinema Studios

    El projecte sorgeix de la decisió d’ubicar els estudis de cine ARRUGA en un polígon industrial de la perifèria de Barcelona en considerar la producció de pel·lícules i espots publicitaris com una activitat industrial. Així un edifici destinat a albergar una activitat creativa es veia confinat a conviure en un món gris i mut, sense llenguatge... fàbriques i magatzems amb activitats horàries típiques dels polígons industrials. Davant la impossibilitat de generar un llenguatge amb els seus “veïns” l’edifici es converteix en imatge i reflex de la seva pròpia essència, mostrant-se així de l’única manera possible: un edifici per fer pel·lícules. En fer-se fosc la façana principal es converteix en un tros de cel·luloide esdevenint en cinema la mateixa activitat de l’edifici tal com la producció, post-producció, realització, etc. La resta del programa es queda ocult rere la caixa cega; càsting, vestuari, attrezzo, magatzems muntatges, tallers, camerinos i serveis. Finalment, el gran espai destinat al plató cinematogràfic se’ns presenta en la seva forma més neutra. La construcció (materials, estructura i instal·lacions) d’aquest espai es posa al servei de l’activitat principal reforçant la neutralitat del projecte. L’edifici es constitueix amb tècnica i preus de nau industrial; una estructura d’acer exposat amb protecció contra incendis, forjats decks de planxa nervada, murs en bloc de formigó, paviments de formigó polit, instal·lacions vistes i façana de taulells ciment-fusta. El projecte incorpora com a element extern una plantació lineal de populus teixana a poca distància de la façana principal. Aquesta formació vegetal ens rebel·la un nou espai intersticial negatiu de l’interior. Aquest espai relaciona l’activitat interna amb l’espai exterior al mateix temps que utilitza llur condició canviant. A l’estiu un espès matalàs verd protegirà del sol, la tardor canvia de color i purga les fulles, a l’ hivern es converteix en un reflex sobre la gran finestra envidrada i a la primavera anirà mostrant els diferents colors verds. Entre aquesta pantalla d’arbres i el carrer del polígon es concep un espai obert destinat a l’arribada i circulació de vehicles. Finalment, en un polígon industrial una caixa gris planteja una qüestió d’arquitectura; la tensió entre l’ envoltori i l’espai intern articulat per la llum.
  28. River Ter Museum

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    River Ter Museum

    El projecte es basa en la remodelació de l’antiga fàbrica Sanglas i té com a objectiu recuperar la tipologia essencial de la fàbrica de riu de forma alta i allargada. Per aquest motiu s’han eliminat tots els afegits que desvirtuen la seva forma originària i s’ha afegit un nou cos vertical que continua i completa l’estructura de fàbrica de riu que concentra les parts necessàries per al funcionalment d’un museu contemporani: escales, ascensors, muntacàrregues, direcció i serveis. El nou cos actua com a torre que connecta els tres nivells de l’edifici. Tota l’ intervenció atorga el màxim protagonisme al volum convertit en museu. L’accés principal es realitza a través de la plaça que crea la nova ampliació. En planta baixa i en el primer pis es distribueixen les peces del museu de la industria i de la història territorial. Al segon pis s’ubiquen la sala d’exposicions temporals, sala d’actes i el centre d’estudis de riu. L’arquitectura, amb aquesta juxtaposició d’allò històric i allò modern, es convertirà en el primer ingredient que explica els continguts del museu i, al mateix temps, en la primera peça del futur parc del riu Ter.
  29. Lawyers Mutual Society of Catalonia

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Lawyers Mutual Society of Catalonia

    Located at 108 Roger de Llúria Street, close to the headquarters of the Lawyers’ Association of Catalonia, the existing premises are developed on the ground floor, a partial basement and of low height and some small attic dependencies, also of reduced height, and with problems of use, given the structural elements (joists and beams). The premises have a narrow and deep configuration (51.5 m) with little street frontage and a lack of intermediate courtyards. The project proposes an intervention limited in extension, however, which radically changes the spatial perception of the existing premises. The project also aims to optimise the use of the different spaces, organising the various activities by zone. A first access space, taking advantage of the conditions of the two façade openings, to access a first area, and then enter and recognise the full dimension of the intervention. The second façade opening on the axis of the premises thus becomes an eye that allows the central space to be illuminated and visualised from the outside. The name and anagram of the entity will be placed on the glass. The central area, which contains the mentioned radical intervention which consists of opening a void in the floor and the ground floor of 9.5 x 3 metres, which allows spatial and visual communication of the care areas for the mutual members located in the access level and the areas for occasional medical consultations located on the lower floor, in which, through a small excavation, the necessary height is obtained (2.50 metres). This spatial void visually communicates the mezzanine intended for archives and staff leisure, with a suspended walkway. With this intervention, a triple-height space is generated that includes the circulation elements: staircase-ramp, steps, stairs and walkways, visually communicating the areas for public attention, work, consultations and archives. Finally, the management offices and the large meeting room are at the back of the premises, opening onto the inner space of the block, which enjoys the possibility of lighting with large skylights of zenithal light placed on the roof. At the back of the premises, we create a small terrace-patio-garden in relation to this intermediate space with zenithal light, which connects the management offices to optimise the conditions of light and comfort causing attractive views of the landscaped courtyard. A whole set of complementary activities, services, facilities, warehouses, emergency exits, etc., are strategically placed in intermediate spaces of the project, solving security and evacuation issues.
  30. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Arruga Cinema Studios

  31. Barcelona Botanical Garden

    Josep Lluís Canosa Magret, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Bet Figueras

    Barcelona Botanical Garden

    The Barcelona Botanic Garden extends along the upper side of the Montjuïc mountain that overlooks Barcelona, and holds spectacular views over the city. It is a garden where plant species from areas of the world with a Mediterranean climate live together, sorted by geographical area. Therefore, the species found there adapt quite well to the city and can be exhibited outdoors. The garden is created by accommodating a geometry of paths that cross each other forming triangles (you can clearly distinguish a main circuit that makes the visit very easy) adapted in a very natural way to an uneven slope. This powerful geometric order served the architects to organise the entrance park, and will be replaced, over time (already happening in some areas of the park) by a vegetal order that is the result of an intelligent planting of undergrowth, bushes and trees that will grow over time and give the whole set a natural order as logical as the artificial one. The two currently coexist perfectly in various areas of the park. The palette of artificial materials is basic: wooden fences, rusted iron and concrete. The auxiliary buildings are also built with these materials. The beautiful high school that crowns the park should be highlighted, a prism that levitates a few metres from the ground and that leaves a rusty iron window as a privileged vantage point of the city. The complex constitutes one of the most beautiful urban spaces in the city, and the multiplicity of routes created by its geometry of paths makes it a very pleasant place for a long stay.
  32. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design

    FAD Award

    Lawyers Mutual Society of Catalonia

  33. Palau de Congressos de Catalunya

    Josep Maria Cartañá i Gubern, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Palau de Congressos de Catalunya

    Despite being the result of a series of private promotions, the project reflects on the site and the program as if it were a public facility. The university area is read as a periphery with a great urban vocation, marked by the presence of several university faculties and some sports facilities. The place is read as a reference-laden environment, to which the building responds with a set of built-up volumes that show a great vocation for unity. The plan is organised in three main crevices separated by two longitudinal streets, which connect the highest elevation of Diagonal Avenue with the gardens at the back. The white concrete of the entire façade unites the volumes of various dimensions, and the openings are adjusted to a very strict repertoire in order to create a stylistic coherence. The building promotes the urban character of the area and presents a continuity with the existing uses.
  34. FAD Award

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Outdoor Spaces

    FAD Award

    Barcelona Botanical Garden

  35. Conjunt d'Habitatges Urbis a Can Gibert

    Carles Bosch i Genover, Alberto de Salas, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Joan Lluís Frigola i Torras, Joan Pascual Argenté, Josep Francesc Vaquero Moreno

    Conjunt d'Habitatges Urbis a Can Gibert

    Tretze espais de comerç i 268 habitatges de dues façanes, organitzats en un nucli per cada dues unitats (22 escales). En terrenys d’una antiga indústria de paviments, adjacent a un elemental barri d’habitatge barat (Can Gibert del Pla) dels setanta i veïna també d’un treballat pla parcial d’eixample (Carles Frigola, 1990), aquesta operació adopta una disposició a escala de l’avinguda principal (passeig d’Olot), amb un potent gest corb del volum, tot atenent amb prou delicadesa la trama urbana menor dels carrers locals. El recinte es defineix com una cinta graonada, capaç de donar una alçada matisada a cadascun dels espais públics que la volten així com d’incloure un espai comunitari que no tanca continuïtats viàries. En són trets principals l’èmfasi en els vèrtexs, la discontinuïtat expeditiva de les cantonades i una estratificació exfoliativa de les alçades, amb recursos formals escassos i precisos.
  36. Residential Building and OAB Office

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Residential Building and OAB Office

    Building between partitions of 11.60 m width that completely exhausts the buildable depth to the interior of the block. The program is developed on three levels intended for architectural office, four levels intended for residence, with two homes per landing, and three basement levels for vehicle parking, organised in half floors. The structure of the façade is made up of vertical elements with 50 percent full-empty, as is mandatory in the Eixample Cerdà. The four materials used are traditional: stone, iron on the balconies, wooden gates and glass. The façade is organised with four skins, like an onion, which are 40 cm thick: a modulated interior glass curtain wall of 0.90 and 2.80 m at full height, with nyangon wooden slat porticoes that they move on guides, a rail run with thin steel plates, and frames that support Indian silver quartzite stones placed in horizontal slats of 90 by 30 cm with 4 cm openings that match the empty parts of the porticos. In order not to offer protruding bodies to the street, the façade is structured in a single plane. The possibility of combining fixed pieces with mobile ones produces a certain dynamism that allows to play with the light openings inside and sift the view and the noise of the street.
  37. Building of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona CSIC

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Building of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona CSIC

    The Botanical Institute building – a centre dependent on the Superior Council of Scientific Research – is located at the highest point of the Barcelona Botanical Garden on the side of the Montjuic mountain together with the Olympic Ring. The building faces the north-east wing of the garden, the area dedicated to the phytoepisodes of the Western Mediterranean and North Africa, with views over the city of Barcelona. It is structured as a horizontal line that intersects the natural sloping terrain like a hinge between two topographic elevations. In this way, the section allows the different programs to be organizsd with independent access from the back road and from the network of paths in the garden. The Botanical Institute is divided into three different levels according to its program: – A first underground level located in the large concrete vessel that forms the foundations and that contains, with specific air conditioning, the plant deposits, books, the large herbarium, as well as the installations and the small work area both illuminated and ventilated through patios. This plant acts as a structural counterweight to the constructive mechanism of the upper plants; a set of reinforced concrete screens, walls, girders that organise the program and support the intermediate level at the level of the garden and from which the upper floor is suspended at the level of the access platform and rear parking lot. – The multipurpose room and the Salvador Museum, the exhibition area and the cafeteria-restaurant are on the intermediate level, connected to the Botanic Garden’s path network. All of them have access to the garden. – The restricted area intended for scientists; the library, research areas and laboratories and the administration area are on the upper level. The six-metre corridors adapt to the different structural and lighting requests, making up a continuum in which the gusts become more powerful as the topographic fall of the land becomes more pronounced. The construction uses the same materials already present in the construction of the garden; exposed concrete and Corten steel.
  38. Five Street Blocks on the Seafront of Poblenou

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Five Street Blocks on the Seafront of Poblenou

    This façade faces to the sea of Barcelona. This plan not only contemplated infrastructure operations but the possibility of building homes and some services by demolishing a large area of old factories. The most important building operation was, without a doubt, the Olympic Village that came to restore a certain urban continuity between the city and the Poblenou district, recovering the historical thread interrupted when Barcelona decided to abandon the sea and grow perpendicularly towards the interior. At the same time, the plan accommodated a private housing development on three blocks occupied by the Torras Herrerías y Construcciones industry with a dual purpose; on the one hand, two of the three blocks had to accommodate the Olympic referees during the games and, on the other, due to the neighbourhood with the area of the Olympic Village, this operation had to facilitate the reconversion process urban area of the rest of Poblenou. The architect Carlos Ferrater and his team of collaborators obtained the commission after the resolution of a restricted competition between several architects. His project entered the general process of realisations that needed to be completed by 1992 and represented the exceptional opportunity to rebuild in a single operation three blocks of Cerdà’s Eixample previously occupied exclusively by factory buildings. The area of the three blocks, aligned with each other and parallel to the coastline, is delimited by Llull and Ramón Turró Streets and, towards the mountain, by Zamora and Ávila Streets; a group whose promoters named Maritime Eixample in reference to the persistent traces of Cerdà's urbanisation and its proximity to the sea. Only the one adjacent to Zamora Street could not be rebuilt in its entirety due to the presence of industrial buildings belonging to other owners. The popular Can Torras dels Ferros, as we have already seen, was one of the most important metallurgical industries in Barcelona. The industrial process consisted of iron casting, rolling and construction of structures for the building, boilers, railway material, etc... A special narrow-gauge railway joined these processes crossing the streets and another of normal width connected the factory with the route from France to Granollers. The carried out project contains 560 homes of different sizes and types; commercial premises on the ground floor, some offices and a shopping centre. The three blocks have a uniform architectural treatment and are linked by a tree-lined promenade that crosses its inner gardens roughly where the railway lines once did. A swimming pool has also been included in the garden of one of the three blocks. They are built on their perimeter but the built bar is interrupted by the aforementioned promenade and by passages located in front of the Ramón Turró pedestrian crossings, which separate the chamfers and configure them as apparently taller buildings. The lower floors are transparent so that you can see the interior vegetation from the street and allow access to the interior of the blocks from several points. We could say that it constitutes the closest example of what Cerdà proposed as an alternative to that suffocated Industrial Barcelona within the walls built to this day. When these lines are printed, it will maybe still be possible to see the exhibition on the illustrious urban planner held in the barracks buildings that Pompeu Fabra University plans to occupy. The citizen of Barcelona has at hand a golden opportunity to clear up some misunderstandings and increase their capacity for critical judgment about the city; in other words, to increase their civil culture. Earlier we summarised the dual vocation that Barcelona showed to develop on its plain represented schematically by two perpendicular directions. At first, the neoclassical façade from Montjuic to the Ciutadella park and the Old Cemetery was built, a frustrated development that could have taken the axis of the Gran Via as the backbone of a growth parallel to the coastline. Following Cerdà's scheme with another tendency, as a second and correlative act, it effectively grows on the perpendicular of the sea and a city is produced whose façade is split on an axis, identifying itself with its own façades of Passeig de Gràcia. We could do a simple critical exercise and compare the characteristic block that built the fabric of the bourgeois Eixample and then its lateral extensions, with the one that a century later could be built on the same urban plan but in that marshland territory which was destined to receive the cemetery, the railway, the factories and the industrial proletariat. In short, we could say that the history of the Eixample’s construction coincides with the process of densification of the blocks to the point that it leaves no trace of any space inside that could be considered free or with any civil significance. The typical block has a side of 113 metres, with chamfers of 20 metres, which is also the width of ordinary streets. In the built-up area, the neighbours' houses reach an average depth of 28 metres, so that once the crown is subtracted there are 57 metre yards, therefore, with a surface of 3249 m2. But almost all these patios are also built on the ground floor, and their soil is made up of the roofs of warehouses, garages or workshops, so the little soil that may be there would have to be found in the planters. From above, a block looks like a patchwork, a piece made from the patches of built-up plots. It is rare to see a tree and at best the inner courtyard retains some regularity. The block is therefore a solid and massive prism, intransitive with respect to the street, the result of a consideration of the city as a pure commodity, of a petty and usurious attitude that hypocritically sought to redeem itself with the alibi that could lend him the beauty of a few works, in particular that of modernist architects. Magnificent sarcasm if we consider the discomfort these architects had when seeing their buildings reduced to simple decorative façades, and let’s also remember that Gaudí, one of the most praised, ended up begging for alms in the streets. However, we believe that despite this congestion and this alignment the Eixample has not lost its potential qualities. The greed of many has not been able to cope with the generosity of a few (Cerdà, Gaudí...). Let's compare these data with those of the project we are discussing. Here, the built-up depth is 12.70 metres, so the houses have two façades and no interior courtyard. The inner courtyard of the block then has 87 metres on a side and 7569 m2 of surface and is landscaped. The two-storey shopping centre is the only building built inside one of the blocks. The free area, therefore, contains more than twice the surface area of the block of the historic Eixample, and the courtyard is, moreover, completely regular. The streets that remain between the blocks retain the basilica section of three naves, with 5-metre sidewalks, extended by a 3-metre porch and are visually and for pedestrians connected to the interior gardens. The distances from each house to the neighbours opposite are of 80 metres in the gardens and 20 metres in the streets. From inside the houses you can see the trees in both spaces. We could complete these quantitative data with a short subjective description from the perspective given by the inhabitant of this place. There is a placid but dynamic neighbourhood relationship. The commercial equipment is not yet complete, but the most essential shops already exist. A wide area of sky is dominated, the brightness of dawn and sunset is perceived, and the passage of the day is marked by the presence of birds and the voices of children. The succession of the seasons is felt through the vegetation. In summer, the song of the cricket accompanies and does not wake you up. The garden generates an effective microclimate and a fauna consisting of seagulls, blackbirds, feathered mice, sparrows and woodpeckers visit us regularly. In certain periods, the silence turns into delight and the relationship with the patio of the small bedrooms reproduces the one that takes place between the cell and the cloister of the monastery. Encouraged, among other things, by the protective and ecological quality of the garden, it becomes a veritable demographic explosion, which provides a clue, in terms of urban planning, about the ecosystem that citizens need to repopulate Catalonia. Still recognising that it falls into a certain idealisation in contrast to a Barcelona densely compressed by its own building, this example shows that a balanced model of urbanisation is possible, compatible with a reasonable real estate profit and without the need to make great inventions. Thus, a Poblenou rebuilt according to this pattern would not seem bad to us, where Cerdà's footprint persists; a monotonous Poblenou where the monotony consisted of the democratic repetition of the well-being of each individual, family or social group; in the recreation of a harmony between the built and the free, between the private and the public sphere, between staying and moving..., that harmony that Cerdà dreamed of as possible for the industrial city.
  39. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Residential Building and OAB Office

  40. EU Mies Award

    Nominated
    Palau de Congressos de Catalunya

  41. El Prat Royal Golf Club

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    El Prat Royal Golf Club

    La nova seu del Real Club de Golf El Prat es situa en uns terrenys amb lleugera pendent envoltats per zones lineals de bosc de pins i bancals terrassats. El projecte de la seu del club i els edificis annexes es concep segons el criteri de respecte i integració al conjunt del paisatge, d’accessibilitat, comunicació i centralitat respecte al camp de joc. El programa de l’edifici central de la Casa-Club es basa en un estudi minuciós de la topografia i es desenvolupa en dos nivells; s’enterra la zona de servei (dipòsit i àrea de magatzem) i es concentra al centre la zona tècnica i d’instal·lacions no visibles des de l’exterior. Amb aquest criteri des de tota la façana es gaudeix de la vista sobre el paisatge. S’accedeix a l’edifici des de la planta superior -al final de la zona boscosa destinada a aparcament- a través d’un gran vestíbul d’ on comença l’eix longitudinal de distribució de l’edifici i als seus laterals es distribueixen les funcions més representatives del club social. En un costat la sala de jocs, bar amb gran terrassa amb pèrgola, salons de festa i restaurant i, a l’altre, els ambients destinats a oficines i administració. Des del vestíbul, mitjançant una escala oberta, s’accedeix a un espai de doble altura i al vestíbul de la planta inferior que s’orienta transversalment respecte a l’edifici de manera que s’obre a les dues orientacions oposades al paisatge. Això permet l’accés a la zona de vestuaris dels socis resolt amb gran generositat i que funciona com a zona d’estança i trobada. Cada un té integrat una zona d’estar, sauna, massatge i una petita piscina coberta. En aquest nivell s’ubica l’aparcament dels cotxes elèctrics i els pals de golf, un petit bar i un gimnàs. L’edifici annex es composa per una zona de vestuaris per als visitants, el bar d’estiu i un edifici pels als nens i s’adossa a un mur -que parteix de l’edifici central- adaptant-se al terreny i assumint una configuració escalonada en planta per a suavitzar l’ impacte al paisatge. També actua de filtre cap a la zona d’aparcament i la zona de la piscina descoberta. El conjunt està organitzat en tres nivells que corresponen a àmbits funcionals diferents; la zona de la piscina principal -amb una zona verda adjacent- comprèn unes cuines connectades a l’edifici central, un bar exterior i els vestuaris per socis de planta simètrica respecte l’accés amb zona masculina i femenina. Entre les dues hi ha una zona de bany, una altra de descans i les cabines al fons. Mitjançant un salt de cota s’independitza la piscina per a menors de quinze anys i s’integra un àrea de jocs a l’aire lliure amb una pèrgola de fusta on els pares podran reunir-se amb els fills per menjar junts. L’última zona alberga l’edifici per als nens on a la part adossada al mur es distribueixen les àrees de servei (banys, cuina, vestuaris i instal·lacions) mentre que la sala de jocs, separada de la sala de televisió, s’obre a les vistes del bosc. A la zona infantil també hi ha una petita piscina. Els materials emprats són el maó blanc i la quarsita verda i s’accentua la integració de l’edifici al context amb la horitzontalitat del conjunt.
  42. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Building of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona CSIC

  43. House for a Photographer II

    Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    House for a Photographer II

    La parcel·la es caracteritza per tenir una forma perpendicular al mar de 250m de longitud i 18m d’amplada. És una zona de cultiu que discorre des de la platja fins al fons on hi ha unes ruïnes, canyissars i arbres llimoners. La casa per un fotògraf II s’ubica al fons d’aquesta parcel·la. Construïda sobre una plataforma elevada de 50cm sobre el terreny natural inundable, tres petits volums de forma irregular en planta i secció entaulen un diàleg a través d’un espai buit amb fugues visuals. Un palmerar de 51 palmeres Washingtònia ens condueix des de la platja fins la casa. La descomposició volumètrica respon a les condicions de la llum i de la construcció del paisatge que suggereix un quadre de Picasso pintat en aquesta zona que es troba al museu Picasso de Paris. El buit central es converteix així en l’espai principal de l’habitatge; un espai tens relligat geomètricament en la seva part superior a través dels cossos opacs alts dels diferents pavellons. En el nivell de terra fins a l’altura de 2’10 es forma un espai continu que relaciona els diferents espais interiors amb ombra, les vistes al mar, el fons vegetal i les zones d’estança sobre la plataforma. El joc descompost de volums ens recorda a la composició cubista del famós artista. El clar-obscur i la intensa llum d’aquesta zona del mediterrani equilibren la plenitud de la topografia de tota aquesta zona del Delta.
  44. Premio Década

    Award-Winner / Winner

    Premio Década

    Triginer House

  45. Empordà Hotel, Apartments and Golf Club

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Agustí Borrell i Calonge, Carles Borrell i Calonge, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Empordà Hotel, Apartments and Golf Club

    El paisatge d’aquesta zona de la província de Girona ofereix un gran camp visual amb àmplies perspectives com són la presència del riu Ter i en especial el massís del Montgrí que es converteix en referència paisatgística d’aquesta zona del Baix Empordà. L’Hotel es situa junt al complex residencial al centre dels terrenys del Club de Golf, al costat dels forats més espectaculars del recorregut, oferint una potent silueta com a ròtula visual del conjunt arquitectònic. El vial d’accés que serpenteja entre els diferents forats del camp de golf condueix els usuaris de l’Hotel fins a una gran plaça o esplanada sota la qual resten ocults els aparcaments. La plaça permet, a més, la seva utilització com a plataforma en la qual recollir els diferents esdeveniments esportius i tornejos de golf. Es planteja, doncs, un edifici compacte de planta baixa més dos en la seva part posterior al costat nord junt a la plaça d’accés i, a la façana sud, s’ofereix una planta més degut al desnivell del terreny. Aquesta planta alberga els salons, bar, menjadors, sales multiús... Tot plegat assistit per les dependències de servei que es situen a la part posterior d’aquesta planta més enfonsada, il·luminades i ventilades per un pati anglès que permet l’accés de logística a cuines i magatzems i facilita també la comunicació directa a l’Hotel des de l’aparcament situat sota la plaça. Les plantes superiors s’organitzen en creu amb habitacions de diferents tipologies i mesures, obertes a les quatre orientacions ja que totes elles frueixen d’esplèndides vistes al paisatge circumdant; muntanyes del Montgrí, platja de Pals, visuals més properes del propi camp de golf i altres més llunyanes del paisatge de l’Empordà. La planta d’habitacions, de gran compacticitat, permet l’optimització de les zones comunes; una bona disposició dels recorreguts d’evacuació, circulació principal i de servei, el pas dels corredors o passadissos cap a la llum i la vista exterior. Així, arriba a configurar unes estries que pauten rítmicament les façanes nord i sud. El conjunt d’habitacions (87), de les quals 7 són suites, resten així organitzades de forma elegible permetent minimitzar els efectes d’una gran edificabilitat (6.000m2 sobre rasant). La coberta de l’edifici es corona amb un gran dipòsit d’instal·lacions i plaques solars per la instal·lació d’aigua calenta sanitària. El revestiment de les façanes és de taulells de fusta d’Ipe, tractada en autoclau, proporcionant diferents textures als plans massissos i als laterals de les habitacions, construïts amb travessers marins de fusta. Aquests laterals es presenten com una gran retícula d’espais intermedis, que actua de filtre entre l’habitació i el paisatge. El cos de ponent conforma una gran marquesina sobre l’accés i, suportat per un conjunt de pilars, ofereix un contrast en clarobscur i una transparència sobre l’espai obert, que alleugera la gran massa de l’edifici, en contrast amb la solidesa i potència de la seva implantació sobre la topografia. L’ interiorisme accentua la calidesa espacial d’un hotel en contacte amb la naturalesa i les condicions de confort, que es posen de manifest en les textures, mobiliari, i la configuració dels passadissos i les habitacions. Un baldaquí de revestiment de fusta lacada de diferents colors estructura l’habitació i facilita la disposició de panys de paret límpids en connexió visual amb la terrassa que d’aquesta manera forma part del mateix espai de l’habitació.
  46. Terminal 2B Intermodal Building at Barcelona Airport

    Artigues & Sanabria Arquitectes, Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Ramon Artigues Codó, Josep Maria Casadevall i Márquez, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Ramon Sanabria i Boix

    Terminal 2B Intermodal Building at Barcelona Airport

    L'edifici intermodal i de connexió amb les Terminals A i B es caracteritza exteriorment per una façana que s'estén més enllà de la pròpia dimensió de l'edifici, ja que s'intenta establir una continuitat entre les façanes de la terminal B, des del mural de Miró, i de la terminal A. El projecte planteja una façana neutra en el seu tractament per no crear mimetismes amb les façanes actuals. Per això, es proposa una façana aplacada d’alumini extrusionat, que s'alinea amb les façanes de les terminals veïnes. El volum del nou edifici es situa separat del nou tancament de façana i actua com un volum independent, amb una envolvent de quatre façanes amb doble pell. La pell interior és de pavés opal, que actuarà com una gran lluerna pública cap a l’interior, mentre que l'exterior és de policarbonat. L'espai intermig serveix com a galeria de serveis.
  47. Vertix Dwellings

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Vertix Dwellings

    A la nova Diagonal de Barcelona enfront del Parc Central projectat per Jean Nouvel a l’extrem del braç nord de l’illa, s’ubica un edifici residencial que atén a la doble condició, per un costat com a front d’una illa oberta al Pla Cerdà i per l’altre al de peça autònoma. Sis habitatges per planta articulats per un corredor en zig-zag que uneix els dos nuclis de circulació vertical i projecta cap a l’exterior l’espai comunitari i la llum. Els habitatges es doten d’uns espais intermedis que s’obtenen en base a un encreuament dels diferents plans de la façana, en el que les persianes corredisses es distribueixen a la cara interior i exterior mantenint d’aquesta forma la privacitat i el control lumínic però al mateix temps ajudant a aconseguir espais oberts que relacionen l’exterior i l’interior, fent innecessaris els panells de separació dels habitatges. La configuració de l’edifici permet una gran varietat de tipologies. Aquesta versatilitat es plasma en l’aparició d’habitatges de desenvolupament en una planta, d’1, 2 i 3 dormitoris. La volumetria queda definida pel tractament de la pell exterior. Unes costelles d’acer pintat en negre configuren l’ envoltori de l’edifici, a la vegada que es resolen el trenat de les corredisses de lamel·les metàl·liques i el pla interior de vidre en tot el perímetre de la façana. Únicament es produeixen les zones de fractura de la pell als espais ocupats per les escales.
  48. Passeig de Gràcia 99 Apartment Building

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Passeig de Gràcia 99 Apartment Building

    The project proposal consists of carrying out a comprehensive rehabilitation of a building located at the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia with Rosselló Street in the Eixample. The building was intended for offices, and it is proposed to change its use to housing on the upper floors and commercial premises on the ground floor and mezzanine. The floor plan is organised into apartments of 60 and 100 m2, with one and two bedrooms with open spaces, kitchens incorporated at the end, mobile panels and a small intermediate space with different filters that separates the house from the street. The chamfered apartments adopt geometries in accordance with their situation. Such rehabilitation involves the demolition and new construction of the façade - maintaining only the current forged structure as well as new vertical cores of communication and roofs - cutting the existing overhangs so that the resulting façade is a sum of different skins 50% opaque and 50% glass, as is mandatory in the Eixample, alternated by layers that can slide, allowing combinations of natural light for the floors and great formal dynamism of the façade. A 5 mm translucent marble in the outermost skin that has the effect of letting light through during the day and during the night through strategic lighting with LEDs, acts as the principal source of light.
  49. Plaça de Lesseps Apartment Building

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Xavier Martí Galí

    Plaça de Lesseps Apartment Building

    The building volume is part of one of the new metropolitan plans of the city of Barcelona along with the opening of a new street and the widening of another. The volumetric proposal of this building is solved in an organic way by dividing the building into two parts separated by a free space between the blocks. This decision allows to optimise the passage with eight-meter-deep lights in its corresponding façade and to ventilate all the rooms to the outside. The fit of the building in the free space between blocks in the longitudinal direction allows a turn to the chamfer that collects the double façade of the building, emphasising the volumetric fracture, and thus lightening the frontality of the building. In this way, verticality is again achieved with an organic image of a bicephalous building. On the ground floor, access to the premises also takes place from the space between the two blocks and also from the streets. The car park is distributed in three basements occupying 100% of the gauge and is accessed through a ramp located next to the dividing wall with access to Riera de Vallcarca Street, which is the lowest point of the site. The accesses to the houses are made through four gates located two by two in the North and South façades respectively. The façades offer a set of fixed shutters and metal sliding windows that open and close the terraces and allow a better integration of the interior and exterior spaces that dim the natural light. The shutters are made up of stainless-steel uprights and pearl grey lacquered tubular crosspieces and are framed by thin steel handrails forming a grid where the verticals set a rhythm and the horizontal ones sharpen the edges of the slab. These lattice façade plans, together with the glass interior plan, are woven around its perimeter, creating interstitial spaces, places of transition between the city and inhabited interior space, a legacy of the Mediterranean architecture of Coderch. The building, together with the Joan Fuster Library, stands as an icon of the new Lesseps Square.
  50. EU Mies Award

    Nominated
    House for a Photographer II

  51. Mediapro Building

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Patrick Genard & Asociados, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Patrick Genard, Xavier Martí Galí

    Mediapro Building

    The building is the first piece of a sequence that ends in the Agbar tower. In this context, it turns its head and faces the Diagonal in such a way that it turns the casual factor of the foreshortening into a respectful façade aligned with the great avenue. In the first four floors, the building is perforated to allow Bolivia street to reach the end and focus the urban perspective. On the upper floors, it looks diagonally for the upper edge of the tower to generate an interaction between the two alignments that produces a dynamic game of shadows. The low body or plinth penetrates under the tower and, with its transparent façade, produces a new public space, a triangular square. The office tower offers great flexibility of use thanks to diaphanous floor plans that derive from the absence of pillars or intermediate structures. A single and repeated window, developed in continuity on all the façades, offers good lighting and views, as well as a great versatility of interior distribution. Audiovisual production and teaching in the lower body and business management in the tower constitute a programmatic unit. The structural skeleton becomes the final form of the building because the coincidence between the supporting structure and the façade is achieved. The fusion of a structural membrane or diaphragm with the post-tensioned slabs allows large spans as well as giving rigidity to the whole. The lattice of pillars and the slabs allow the pillar-forge assembly to be considered as if it were large Vierendel beams.
  52. Extension of Barcelona's Botanical Garden

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Núria Ayala, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Extension of Barcelona's Botanical Garden

    The current program of uses envisages a substantial expansion of the Germplasm Bank, which represents a key piece in the Garden's conservation programs and the role it must assume in relation to the conservation of Catalan wild flora in the near future. The best and most logical solution seems to be the coverage of the unloading docks of the Garden maintenance building that we call Northern Semicircle, which is currently used for storage. This solution is possible from the enabling of the spaces for piling up material, substrates and machinery at the southern end of the Garden. It is proposed to cover the current unloading docks in such a way that an entire level is enabled, with the exception of the one located on the far right, since according to the elevations extracted from the last topographical survey by means of a small slope executed at the level of the lower path, it is possible to split the plant and thus locate a new space for a public use of the Garden. The incorporation of female staff in the maintenance tasks of the botanical garden made the forecasts that were established at the time in relation to the hygienic and work facilities insufficient. It was convenient to segregate a space for showers and changing rooms larger than the current one to separate the changing rooms from the sanitary ones. The coverage proposed there, proposed at the time in anticipation of the growth of the Garden's needs, seems uncomplicated since part of the screens and the foundation are pre-existing. Finally, other improvements are proposed for users in the use of the maneuvering and work yard such as, on the one hand, the paving of a perimeter concrete sidewalk in the previous circle and, on the other hand, the protection of the incident solar from the interior of the offices through a pergola, which also serves to travel from one space to the other without getting wet in case of rain.
  53. Line 4 Metro Station: Llucmajor

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Line 4 Metro Station: Llucmajor

    The Llucmajor station remodeling project essentially tries to get the most out of its spaces by connecting them to each other, removing barriers, both traffic and vision, and emphasising the height that the platforms and tracks already have, to thus enlarging and dignifying the station. The project basically opts for the use of a single material, terrazzo, and a single colour, white, as a covering for all the facings in all areas of the station. Only in ceilings and some specific facings steel will be chosen, vitrified in vertical faces and galvanised in ceilings, which will help to close these spaces to achieve permeable ceilings with a feeling of dynamism and luminosity.
  54. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Terminal 2B Intermodal Building at Barcelona Airport

  55. New Corporate Headquarters of GISA and FGC

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Núria Ayala, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    New Corporate Headquarters of GISA and FGC

    In one of the main accesses of Barcelona, integrated into the operation of covering the tracks of the Generalitat de Catalunya Railways and the conversion of the old workshops, a tablet appears, resulting from the intersection of the plots of the urban fabrics of the neighbourhoods of Sarrià and Tres Torres together with Via Augusta; thus generating a large public space, which in the future will resolve the difference in level between the two neighbourhoods as a hinge. The set of buildings of the Corporate Headquarters of GISA and FGC emerges at the intersection of Via Augusta with Vergòs and Cardenal de Sentmenat Streets which, despite the restrictiveness of the planning with a specific marked volume, are the result of an integration urban task, giving them the typical character of institutional buildings: emblematic, and at the same time friendly and functional. The functional program is resolved through diaphanous plants oriented towards the resulting public space between both buildings and offices on the outer perimeters. The façade modulation is very elaborate in order to make the interior layout more flexible and versatile. A meticulous study of the details, with very careful construction solutions, solves the entire outer skin with a single extruded anodised aluminum module.
  56. AA House

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    AA House

    La casa respon a unes regles geomètriques bàsiques, tan senzilles, que en elles rau la potencia del projecte. Una xarxa ortogonal de 7x7m. sobre la que es superposen les diagonals de la mateixa construint a mode de pentagrama musical la base sobre la que es recolza la composició del projecte. Les diagonals a 45º son les generatrius de les dilatacions de la coberta, lluernaris en uns casos i dobles plantes en els altres; generant-ne una topografia artificial que sura sobre la que és natural del terreny. D’aquesta manera, el programa es desenvolupa a la planta a cota de jardí en relació directa interior-exterior, on s’ubiquen sales, salons, biblioteca, menjadors, cuina, habitació principal i pavelló d’invitats; tots ells lligats visualment a traves de llargues perspectives segades por vidres. Verticalment, existeixen relaciones puntuals de la planta principal amb la planta inferior i els altells, responent sempre a exigències de programa i tancant així la continuïtat tridimensional de l‘edifici. Aquestes zones de la planta inferior son espais servidors del programa principal talment com: bodega, directament comunicada amb el menjador; arxiu-videoteca, comunicada amb la biblioteca; guarda-roba, extensió de l’ habitació principal; vivenda de servei, amb pujada directa a la zona de cuines. Els altells es reserven per a espais íntims en relació directa amb el paisatge circumdant. La composició resta complerta amb un inesperat accés a traves d’un pati en tons molt foscos que contrastarà amb la lluminositat de la resta de la vivienda. El projecte es materialitza com una extensa coberta pètria amb episodis puntuals de contacte amb el terreny, deixant la resta del perímetre a materials lleugers i transparents: grans finestrals amb fusteries metàl·liques tamisats en punts concrets del programa.
  57. Roca Barcelona Gallery

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Borja Ferrater Arquer, Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Roca Barcelona Gallery

    Already in the first steps for the conception of the institutional headquarters of ROCA or Roca Barcelona Gallery, the architectural project is understood as a tool for the dissemination of a brand and a company. The building is planned based on the communication strategy, another way to spread the values, history and challenges of the company and a transmission channel to attract the interest of the public towards the values, the product, the projects and concerns of a company with more than 80 years of history such as Roca. The commission envisages the realization of a complex program in which the institutional headquarters, a museum of the brand and a platform for events of a social nature and from the business world mix and coexist. The architectural project was based on two essential ideas. Its shape and external appearance and the experience of the space lived inside. The building, surrounded by multiple taller buildings, aims to show itself to the city by understanding its own scale. Due to its urban context, the building is surrounded by the adjacent volumes and is distinguished by its smaller scale and its purity of form. Without resorting to the speculative forms typical of an architecture that seeks to realise itself through the show, the building, while discreet and elegant, manages to differentiate itself from any other. As the main objective, we researched and worked to conceive a façade that, being observed with a minimum of attention, would not leave anybody indifferent and would try to arouse curiosity. Also, from the beginning, the possibility of creating a "skin" for the building that could perhaps offer a showy effect towards the outside, but which on the other hand had no relationship or apparent consequence to the building’s interior, was given up. It was sought, therefore, to work as much as possible under these premises. Finally, after testing different possibilities, we came up with a solution for the façade based on the arrangement of a single material, the succession of multiple glasses arranged perpendicular to the axis of the façade. Thus, based on tests and prototypes, we were able to verify how new effects such as diffraction, reflection and refraction of light are produced, resulting in the distortion, translation and superimposition of the image across the façade. It was the light, both natural during the day and artificial at night, which then became the protagonist. Thus, we obtained a completely ambiguous façade that was shown both as an element of solid character by day and liquid by night, both heavy and light, both rough and smooth and in which it is sometimes difficult to recognise if its character is transparent, translucent or opaque. Thus, from the outside, when we look inside the building, the façade offers us an ambiguous (distorted) view of its interior, making it necessary to enter in order to really discover it; once inside, if we look outside, towards the city, we will observe a whole series of visual effects as if it were a game, where nothing is really where it should be. Some light rays pass through in a straight line while others are reflected the other way around, producing something similar to an image overlay. Others, at the same time, diffract to show themselves in all the colours of the rainbow. From the inside, we observe streets where there were none before, buildings are duplicated, and we see pedestrians walking by thinking they are where we see them but, in reality, they are in a different physical place. Our objective was met since we were looking for the realisation of a façade that, whenever looked at carefully, offered a plausible but subtle prescriptive effect at the same time. Just as a building projected outwards is conceived, a world, a space and a unique atmosphere are sought inside. Once inside, through the use of light, audiovisuals, materials and exhibition elements, an attempt has been made to generate an interior space very different from a usual exhibition space, where the visitor lives an intense and unique experience with the building. The interior space, therefore, is conceived as a personal and sensory experience in which the user or visitor interacts with the building thanks to presence detectors, directional speakers, light changes, projections, projected characters that interact with visitors and plasma screens that project moving objects. At the same time, all these elements are inserted as if floating in an indivisible and continuous space. The application of a slightly reflective and experimental pavement made of ceramic, a false ceiling in stainless steel and the walls of foam tetrahedrons, make up the three main materials in its interior. All of them are continuous materials: three planes that due to their condition of continuity recreate a weightless space, marking the horizontality and without spatial or formal references turning the physical space into a sort of virtual space. The technology applied to construction, to audiovisuals and to the way of explaining the brand and its product, are essential to convey the commitment that the company has to its future. The project for Roca Barcelona Gallery echoes the most advanced technologies in terms of lighting, materials such as ceramics, glass and steel. For all this, it has been necessary for ROCA and the OAB architecture team (Borja, Lucía and Carlos Ferrater) to have another team of experts in different fields such as communication, construction, lighting, audiovisuals and many other specialists of excellence who have made the creation of a flagship building and emblem of their brand possible.
  58. Premio Nacional de Arquitectura

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Architecture

  59. Mandarin Oriental Hotel

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Juan Trias de Bes, Patricia Urquiola Hidalgo

    Mandarin Oriental Hotel

    The hotel is located in the former headquarters of Banc de Sabadell. This refurbishment maintains the original building as a memory of a time when Passeig de Gràcia was, exclusively, home to local banks and businesses, with a very different character to the one it has today. The original building was built in 1955 and is the work of the architect Galíndez, a regular collaborator of the bank. It has a granite and fig stone façade which is very hard, strictly symmetrical and with eight heights in the central body. This façade has been well restored, with new windows suitable for the new use as a luxury hotel. Only the plinth has been affected. With only three operations, the building has been able to accommodate the new program and, in addition, improve the relationship with Passeig de Gràcia and the fit with the city. The first is the plinth. A porch with shops and central access is defined by a sloping walkway that replaces the original imperial staircase. The reception is located on the mezzanine, at the bottom of the lot. The access road is completely public. The second is a beautiful atrium at the full height of the building, which facilitates the overall perception, organises the room floors, illuminates the entrance walkway and creates a spectacular access. The third consists of a completely new façade that overlooks the inner courtyard of the block, opening onto a garden designed by Bet Figueras. The interiors, created in collaboration with Patricia Urquiola, have a calligraphic, delicate, sensitive design that plays with the nuance of the lights and the sensuality of the spaces. The white colour, the indirect and nuanced lights, the shutters, the warm furniture by contrast are the leitmotif of all the building’s spaces, with several public and visitable parts.
  60. F3 House

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    F3 House

    The house is located on a rectangular urban plot and is born from a grid that modulates the structure both in plan and in volume. It is separated from the ground, perceiving it as a suspended body in which the pillars and the gables can be seen on the outside, delimiting the façade planes and forming the volumes. The placement of the building close to the street allows a garden area with a swimming pool to be freed towards the interior of the block. The volumes are articulated according to the needs of the program and the configuration of the interior space to emphasise the relationship with the exterior spaces, which is the objective of the project. Each area of the house is extended with an outdoor garden space, generating a perimeter route in which the vegetation is the protagonist; thus, visually entering the interior spaces. The structural profiles delimit and stress the façade planes that are composed of solids and voids brought to the limit of the perimeter. This game of the façades and the volume allows the light to fall in an intentional way on the interior, receiving a game of changing lights and shadows throughout the day. The use of white limestone in the blind facings and the large glass windows made by Vitrocsa are solved with a structure in minimal enclosures that provide it with a light character.
  61. Evangelical Church

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Evangelical Church

    Deprés de dotze anys de recerca d’un solar, l’Església Evangèlica Unida de Terrassa, una institució gairebé centenària de la ciutat, troba el seu lloc al barri de Can Tusell amb façana a l’Avinguda Béjar, un dels grans carrers d’accés a la ciutat i de comunicació amb la zona industrial. L’edifici, que ocupa un terç del solar i situat en la seva part més baixa amb un accés des de l’Avinguda Béjar, combina usos pròpiament religiosos (celebra el culte tots els diumenges pels matins) amb uns usos socials fruit d’un conveni amb l’Ajuntament. El complex es manifesta com una gran base monolítica que va disminuint d’alçada a causa de la pendent del terreny format per platines d’acer en forma de revestiment i de valla sobre el que es suspenen dos cossos. En una posició central i de major tamany s’aixeca un cub amb arestes i modulat, revestit amb un nou material d’alumini reciclat, prensat i injectat i que gràcies a la seva brillantor li otorga un caràcter emblemàtic a la peça que alberga al seu interior; la sala per al culte. L’altre cos de menor altura i pròxim al carrer Tramuntana es suspèn i surt en volada. En aquest cas les arestes emmarquen uns plans d’alumini ondulat i perforat que actuen de gelosia com una segona pell per al programa de guarderia. Mentre la façana a l’Avinguda Béjar es presenta com un pla tens, rigorós i continu que amaga el seu accés, les dos façanes laterals mostren la seva cara més amable on la vegetació emmascara una valla que actua de segona façana. De manera que el pla del vidre es retrau respecte al límit del solar i així tots els espais perimetrals disfruten de llum i ventilació així com d’intimitat i seguretat. Degut que la guarderia s’accedeix per un nivell superior i separat, el programa funcional, tant religiós com social, es desenvolupa tot en planta baixa a excepció d’un altell suspès sobre el doble espai de la sala de culte. Un espai de recepció permet el pas i distribueix per un costat la zona d’administració i, per l’altre, un corredor facilita l’accés a dotze aules i al front la sala de culte, peça central que vertebra tot el programa de necessitats al seu voltant. La sala de culte s’orienta perpendicular a l’eix d’accés de manera que gràcies a un sistema d’envans mòbils estableixen una relació directa amb els espais contigus que al seu torn aquests es relacionen amb l’exterior a través d’uns patis. Mentre els criteris compositius de l’interior responen a criteris funcionals, els exteriors responen a la situació, l’orientació i sobretot al desig de ser un edifici discret i contingut desde la distància curta però al mateix temps una peça de referent del culte evangèlic des de la distància més llunyana.
  62. Barcelona World Race Interpretation Centre

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Jordi Carbonell, Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Barcelona World Race Interpretation Centre

    The tugboat building, a master builder's construction, dates from the beginning of the 20th century and for years has endured low-quality renovations. That is why the proposed refurbishment, added to the fact that it is located at the end of a front of buildings with the same port colonial character, proposes a reconstruction operation of its central part (the most damaged structure), arrangement of the lateral towers and only raises a new cover, where the maximum height is maintained and collects a large skylight in its upper crowning as well as large windows on both sides of the promenade and the port. The two-storey building houses a shop, a showroom and bathrooms on the ground floor, while on the upper floor there is the office, warehouse, meeting room and a large multi-purpose room for to the different institutional acts. The refurbishment of the building is understood from the point of view of the set of buildings that follow on this same front, all of them subject to a subsequent one that will be carried out in the port of Barcelona. The solution of the roof of the central body, without varying the height or the configuration of the roof with two gables, responds to an idea of a rib through which natural light penetrates and is reflected during the day while at night it is projected as a big lighthouse. Constructively, a system of panels for the façade, beams, slabs and pilasters, all prefabricated, make up the central body reconstructed faithfully to the pre-existing structure. Above this a structure in the form of ribs guided by steel plates rises, and between which the glass surface folds allowing the entry of vertical and zenithal light. The rigorously reformed lateral towers adapt with their voids and interior spaces to the new program. Finally, the broken white melts throughout the building so that only the game of reflections, lights and shadows of the new intervention takes the spotlight.
  63. FAD Award

    Shortlisted. Category: Interior Design

    FAD Award

    Roca Barcelona Gallery

  64. Viladoms Holiday Camp Buildings

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Núria Ayala, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Viladoms Holiday Camp Buildings

    Per encàrrec de l’ONG Fundació Catalana de l’Esplai, estem treballant en varis projectes de cases de colònies en diferents àrees de la geografia catalana com Castellbell i el Vilar, Navès, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, etc. amb criteris de sostenibilitat, durabilitat, adaptabilitat i austeritat que caracteritzen els edificis que hem realitzat per a ells. Les principals premisses que es tingueren en compte a l’hora de pensar el nou alberg foren les següents: -Projecte econòmicament sostenible. El cost no podria excedir els 450€/m2 construïts inclosa la urbanització. -Projecte multi funcional. Amb un bagatge de més de 25 anys gestionant escoles de naturalesa, la Fundació determina que la viabilitat d’un equipament d’aquestes característiques ha de tenir una gran versatilitat. Aspectes com la capacitat de les habitacions, la distribució, els lavabos, la versatilitat de les sales d’activitats i l’accessibilitat a tots els espais... -Projecte respectuós amb l’entorn. Com a part implícita al projecte educatiu de la Fundació i amb l’experiència adquirida en un edifici com el CENTRE ESPLAI, la construcció d’aquesta nova escola de naturalesa hauria de comptar amb sistemes d’estalvi energètic. En la primera de les realitzacions, la proposta d’implantació parteix de la necessitat urbanística de no excedir el gàlib de les edificacions preexistents; uns barracons en forma de “L” en un estat molt precari de salubritat i higiene. El nou equipament constarà de tres zones ben diferenciades: edifici de serveis, aules de natura i zona de dormitoris. L’edifici de serveis és on es troba el menjador, la cuina, el magatzem i una zona de recepció i punt d’informació. El menjador tindrà una capacitat de gairebé 100 comensals i estarà situat en una sola sala, on els diferents grups que s’allotgin a l’alberg trobaran un espai de trobada i relació. En l’edifici contigu al menjador estaran les tres aules de natura amb una capacitat per a 30 persones cada una d’elles. Fugint de les tipologies convencionals de cases de colònies que responen a l’esquema en forma de pinta -circulacions de les que pengen bateries de dormitoris amb banys comuns- la proposta aposta per unes unitats de sistema on la relació entre superfície útil i construïda augmenta degut a que les comunicacions entre elles es produeixen des de l’espai exterior. Aquesta disposició modular permetrà, per exemple, allotjar grups diferents dins la mateixa instal·lació i que aquests mantinguin cert grau d’intimitat dins la seva caseta. La fragmentació volumètrica en petites unitats autònomes permet graduar el número d’usuaris i minimitzar els costs de manteniment i vigilància, a la vegada que permet configurar un sistema amb la colònia plena. La unitat es proposa com un referent, arquetip i imatge de l’imaginari del món de la infància -petites casetes, poble, relació amb el bosc, els camins i allò natural- i, en el futur, permetrà una fàcil ampliació o expansió del propi sistema. Els recorreguts exteriors adaptats i els passos entre els diferents volums permeten la circulació entre ells i s’agrupa així les entrades i es facilita el control per part dels monitors. Plantegem tres tipologies d’habitació diferenciades amb agrupacions de 4, 6 o 8 nens amb la possibilitat de desenvolupar-les en un nivell o dos segons el cos, resultant-ne una capacitat total de 90 places. L’espai superior i el volum d’aire que conté adquireixen una enorme importància donada l’ocupació dels àmbits habitaculars. També s’afavoreix la incorporació del control de la acústica i de la il·luminació artificial sobre el teixit suspès que formen uns perfils tubulars blancs. La senzillesa dels materials utilitzats ha permès una gran economia dels mitjans d’execució així com la repercussió final pel seu manteniment posterior. Els interiors s’efectuen amb bloc de formigó vist pintat, paviments de formigó polit amb granulometria fina, finestres de 20cm d’ample inserides en marcs d’acer inoxidable mat de 2mm d’espessor amb porticó de DM pintat i incorporat per enfosquir l’interior i cúpules encadellades vistes que genera una tonalitat càlida de llum interior. La ubicació dels conjunts de finestres als paraments verticals permet una perfecta ventilació creuada independentment del vent dominant en cada cas. Per als exteriors s’emfatitza en la unitat del material; façanes i cobertes tant cèl·lules d’habitació com en edificis públics respon al sistema de Coteterm de Parex, un estuc flexible i auto rentable que permet la continuïtat de l’aïllament i el tractament hidròfug en tot el perímetre. Els recorreguts exteriors van diferenciats en dos tipologies de paviments: taulons de formigó texturitzant per als vianants i de formigó raspat per al trànsit rodat. Donada la solució final de la proposta s’amplia l’espectre d’usuaris ja que no només podrà acollir les colònies i campaments d’estiu per a escolars sinó que, a més, famílies i grups podran fer ús de l’equipament durant tot l’any.
  65. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Viladoms Holiday Camp Buildings

  66. FAD Award

    Shortlisted. Category: Architecture

    FAD Award

    Evangelical Church

  67. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Award-Winner / Winner. Category: Edificis d'Ús No Residencial de Promoció Privada

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Mediapro Building

  68. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Edificis d'Habitatges Plurifamiliars de Promoció Privada

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Plaça de Lesseps Apartment Building

  69. L9 South Metro Stations: Aeroport T1 and Aeroport T2

    FSC Infraestructuras, Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Josep Maria Casadevall i Márquez, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Ramon Sanabria i Boix

    L9 South Metro Stations: Aeroport T1 and Aeroport T2

    Les dues estacions de metro, Aeroport T1 i Aeroport T2 de la L9, vinculades a les terminals T1 i T2 disposen de les mateixes característiques formals i ambientals donada la seva ubicació de proximitat i el seu lligam amb l’edifici de la multimodal, realitzat pels mateixos autors. Las característiques bàsiques dels elements públics de transport de les infraestructures, tenen a veure amb la claredat de fluxos i d’organització. Aeroports, estacions ferroviàries o de metro, han de respondre de forma clara i rotunda a la claredat de recorreguts i de racionalitat funcional. En el nostre cas, la utilització dels mateixos materials (alumini, murs retro projectats, cel ras, etc) volen participar del mateix codi lingüístic que les arquitectures que els hi donen suport. Això vol fer entendre a l’usuari, que quan arriba a les estacions de les terminals de l’aeroport , (T1 i T2) reconeixerà pel seu ambient i materials, la seva volguda unitarietat. Aquesta unitat formal i compositiva provoca una lectura entenedora i clara dels espais i els recorreguts, que es a la fi el que es pretén amb aquest tipus d’infraestructures.
  70. Extension of the Maintenance Building of Barcelona's Botanical Garden

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Núria Ayala, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Extension of the Maintenance Building of Barcelona's Botanical Garden

    Given the requirements from the Barcelona Botanic Garden for the expansion of the Germplasm Bank and a reorganisation of the work spaces, we plan to rationalise the uses of the current offices and colonise the northern semicircle (built on the irrigation water tank). In this way, we preserve the current footprint of the circular route in the landscape around the maneuvering area. The current program of uses envisages a substantial expansion of the germplasm bank, a key piece in the conservation programs of the garden and in the role it will play in relation to the conservation of Catalan wild flora in the near future. The best and most logical solution seems to be to cover the unloading docks of the Garden’s maintenance building, what we call northern semicircle, currently used for storage. This solution has been possible since spaces were created for the storage of materials, substrates and machinery at the southern end of the Garden. It is proposed to cover the current unloading docks in such a way that an entire level is enabled, except for the one located on the far right, given that, according to the levels extracted from the last topographical study, they allow through a small unevenness executed in the level of the lower path, split the plant and thus locate a new space for public use in the Garden. The inclusion of female personnel in the maintenance tasks of the botanical garden made the forecasts that were established at the time in terms of hygienic and work facilities insufficient. It was convenient to segregate a space for showers and changing rooms larger than the current one, in which the changing rooms were separated from the sanitary ones. The coverage that is proposed was already proposed at the time in anticipation of the growth of the needs of the Garden, which is why carrying out the work to adapt the building of the northern semicircle seems not very complex, given that part of the screens and of the foundation are pre-existing. On the other hand, we propose other improvements for users in the use of the maneuvering and work yard, which are to pave a concrete sidewalk in the inner circle and to protect the offices from solar incidence through a pergola, so that you can move from one space to another without getting wet in the event of rain.
  71. Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    Shortlisted. Category: Edificis amb Ús No Residencial. Inclou Edificis de Nova Planta de Promoció Pública

    Mostres d'Arquitectura (Barcelona)

    L9 South Metro Stations: Aeroport T1 and Aeroport T2

  72. 257 Rosselló Housing Building

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Lucía Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    257 Rosselló Housing Building

    The project was about transforming an office building into a new residential one. The building had been designed by the architect Roberto Terradas Via in 1962, and it was considered a Site of Urban Interest with protection level C in the Barcelona Heritage catalog. After consultations with the author's children and with the need to adapt it to current regulations and the criteria of the technical code, the rehabilitation of this modern heritage is done with great respect towards the original proposal. Respecting the compositional criteria of the façade on Rosselló Street and the façade in the Palau Robert gardens, materials such as white limestone, grey granite and coloured ceramics are restored, incorporating locksmithing and new steel joinery. Preserving the original trace, a set of pivoting windows with a vertical axis with a glass sill is created that incorporates adjustable shutters with horizontal slats inside its glass, solving issues of security, tightness, ventilation, insolation and insulation, as well as the cleaning of the glass from the inside thanks to the three opening positions of the window, 10, 30, 90 cm. The closure of the ground floor respects the original recessed solution by adapting it to the new use of the building, emphasising the riveted iron pillar, reconstructing the old canopy and creating a new lobby with a double scope of access. The common spaces, such as the hall, landings and interior patio, are treated with period materials such as paving stones, ceramics, wood and iron respecting the formal ideology of the Roberto Terradas Via project. Inside the flats, the proposed distribution allows a certain flexibility and the view from the main area of the unitary set of the four windows. The penthouses, porches and spaces between terraces, as well as the community technical installations, are arranged following a criteria of respect for the old building and the environment.
  73. Fernando Poo 42 Apartment Building

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri, Alberto Peñín

    Fernando Poo 42 Apartment Building

    898. Located in Poblenou’s old urban fabric, at a point of transition between the historic axis of Maria Agulló, the Rambla de Poblenou and the beach which is nearby, the project meets this dual condition. On the one hand, on Fernando Poo Street, the traditional typology of the house is recovered, single-storey and two-storey houses that express their individuality on the street. On the other, the corner, empty but drawn on the edges and cut into the sky, flows into the city of Barcelona with its animated flows of inhabitants and visitors who run towards the beach. In Sant Francesc Street, the typological solution insists on the animation of the lower floors as a founding element of the social control of the city. A simple access system avoids elevators and extends the street towards the interior of the homes and common spaces. The collective builds the city and organises pass-through housing on the ground floor and duplexes on the first floor. The corner is resolved with a T-shaped house that opens onto the interior courtyard and a void that proposes a new interruption to Fernando Poo Street. The effect of the corner thus benefits three homes and offers an access space that can be colonised by its inhabitants. In all cases, the mattress of the small access courtyards protected with low-height locks gives thickness to the line between what is public and what is private and contributes to an energy strategy that, thanks to the insulation from the outside (SATE) and aerothermia, achieves maximum efficiency. The voids on the first floor overcome their functional condition to acquire the scale of the street through large openings and corridors. This border between the domestic and the overall vision is even more diluted inside the operation, where the configuration of the car park allows the planting of indigenous port trees. The good orientation of the houses, to the sun and to the sea, reveals a small garden recess in the heart of the city. The 12 houses are anchored in Poblenou’s urban tradition and manifest this through a small intervention on their ground floor walls that recalls the names of their history. [La Granota . Trofeu Mans . La França Xica . El tio Che . Pa amb vi i sucre . L’Aliança . Ateneu Colón . Joncar . Teneria Barcelonesa . Ca l’Aranyó. El Sabre de Plata...]
  74. Hermanos Torres Restaurant-Cuisine

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Borja Ferrater Arquer, Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Hermanos Torres Restaurant-Cuisine

    Hermanos Torres Cuisine is a project born from the desire to generate a new experience in relation to the world of cooking and catering. A new space that allows us to live a new culinary experience. Continent and content come together for a unique experience. THE SPACE From the beginning, Sergio and Javier Torres defined in a few words what they were looking for: "more than a restaurant with a kitchen, we would like to create a kitchen with a restaurant". With this clear and ambitious premise and with the acquisition of an old industrial building of almost 800 m2, which had to be completely renovated, the project began. At the spatial level, the project was born, therefore, with the desire to erase or dilute some dividing lines between the different spaces that make up a traditional restaurant. Gradually, over time, the kitchen space has acquired a certain prominence in some of the latest avant-garde restaurants. Initially, windows that showed the interior of the kitchen through a glass were opened. On other occasions the kitchen was opened by placing it at the back of the restaurant, behind a bar, and even in some cases, as in the case of the Dos Cielos Restaurant (former restaurant of the Torres brothers), the restaurant through the kitchen. Exclusive tables have also been included in some restaurants so that a few people can eat in the same kitchen. However, this time, an even more radical leap is made, placing the kitchen not only as the central element of the intervention, but also as an enveloping element. The restaurant is the kitchen. By placing the kitchen at the epicentre of the restaurant, the old concept of the café-theater resurfaces, places where the diner enjoys a show while having dinner. But here the show will consist of the same preparation of the dishes to be tasted. In addition, thanks to the fact that he has chosen an industrial building as a large container, the experience of living a "performance" yourself is emphasised. It feels like being on a big ship, being on a TV set or in a modern theatre. It was therefore a matter of configuring and exalting these properties of the original space in such a way that a further step could be taken in the experience of haute cuisine. The diner participates and empathises with the Chef, while it is a direct witness to the creative act that is taking place. And not only is it a witness, but it also ends up becoming the protagonist of the experience when the dish arrives at the table. Having diluted the lines that physically separate the space, the two chefs, Sergio and Javier, along with second chefs, chefs, waiters and assistant cooks, move the space naturally and without barriers between stoves and tables. A space of no more than two meters, free of any physical or visual obstacles. This is what the brothers were looking for, to be able to establish a direct relationship with their customers. At the same time, the spectator, diner and protagonist (depending on each moment) not only has a central stage that are of the "three pianos" (place where the last steps of each dish are elaborated and culminated), but also it is surrounded by kitchens and spaces related to the experience you are living. In three of the faces that surround the central space is the wine cellar, the pastry shop and the 3 cooking kitchens (Meats, Fish and Fruits-vegetables), plus you can also see the space of research and development behind a glass, in which the brothers carry out their experiments and tests to achieve new creations. Work has been done to make the kitchens work like clockwork, and to be as well-equipped as possible, always giving priority to functional aspects so as not to diminish their proper functioning. Therefore, there is a subsequent circulation, which manages to communicate all the spaces: preparation and production kitchens and their respective cameras as well as the spaces for staff, dining room, locker rooms, training room, etc. So, despite the novelty of the distribution, the space has been organised in a consistent and effective way. Another example would be to respect the classic concept of atrium represented in the Bar area. That is, when we enter and access the large industrial building, we have a first filter space that allows us to save the surprise, and then discover the large space of the main dining room. So, next to the cloakroom, the Bar becomes an entrance hall. Returning to the concept of foyer in a concert hall: before the show, the bartender, a prestigious mixologist, will prepare a cocktail, a first aperitif, which introduces us to the atmosphere of the industrial unit, the perfect opening act before the experience that awaits us on the other side of the cellar. MATERIALITY Once the organisation of the space has been defined, an element of great importance ensures that the culinary experience takes place with the dose of comfort and convenience it deserves. To try to soften the undeniable fact that we will be eating in an industrial unit, a series of materials are introduced that soften and even produce a kind of ambiguity between being initially in a cold space of large proportions versus a pleasant space, warm and welcoming. Tables with tablecloths, upholstered chairs and even the presence of a rug will soften and provide comfort, as well as help control the acoustics of the room. However, we have tried to make the decorative interventions as minimal as possible. Fleeing the recent trend and the increasingly popular fashion of refilling and filling spaces with objects, textiles and formal abundance that gives place to a baroque minimalism or new kitsch that can only confuse the customer and not leave clear what is authentic and what is a "lie" (fake). This is exactly the opposite. To erase the unnecessary, not to confuse and not allow it to dominate the superfluous, but the truly important. The floor, thanks to the collaboration of the Roca company, is ceramic. As it should be, this has always been the traditional cuisine of a lifetime, just like the one where the brothers cooked as children with their grandmother Catalina. This is a special format piece designed specifically for the Restaurant. A continuous floor, therefore using the same material for all areas, the main ones and the ones for the staff. It was essential to understand the unitary nature of the intervention. We decided that the bathrooms would be the exception to the rule: Iroko wood is introduced in the bathrooms, which gives them great comfort. An atmosphere contrary to that of the central space is sought, more typical of a ship's cabin than of a large industrial building. The protagonists will always be the diner, the cook and the dishes. Regarding the rest, the less you notice and see, the better, and having the minimum concessions. To do this, we have a single large decorative element: a large black and gold curtain that occupies an entire side wall and is backlit, magically playing with light. Light, as an indispensable ingredient in architecture, will be what we will talk about below. THE LIGHT In this obsession with eliminating the superfluous and the unnecessary, the presence of the color black in practically all the restaurant appears strongly. Black emerges as a counterpoint to the white of the dishes, tablecloths and chefs' uniforms, which acquire their prominence thanks to wrapping them all with an indefinite matte black space. The colour black also allows us to do the same with light as with the decoration. Thanks to him we will be able to illuminate what interests us. The rest will be lost in the vastness of the industrial unit. Just like in a theatre or a concert hall where what lights up is the stage, the actors or the musicians. From here, a magical game begins thanks to the presence of glass that produces reflections, the darkness of the room and the presence of some mysterious hanging lights, giving rise to what the brothers have ended up defining as the ship of your dreams. The cellar is used to create a subtle light box, although not too bright (for obvious reasons of wine treatment). The glass box of the cellar is dressed in virgin vine. This warm light box with a golden effect helps to create a cozy atmosphere in both the bar and the main room. For the lighting of the room, we worked with the designer Pete Sans in the creation of what we call "clouds", lights that precisely sought to meet several objectives: the light, through the presence of hundreds or thousands of lights evokes a starry space, and thanks to the reflections in the glass of the room or in the skylights, a magical multiplier effect is produced. The lights are strategically placed at a constant height of 2.55 m, which allows you to build an imaginary or virtual roof, in which everything above (the ship reaches 7.5 m on its ridge) when painted black, it seems to fade or disappear. In this way, the ceiling is not clearly visible, only intuited. At the same time, the lights begin to generate reflections in all the windows of the restaurant and what before could be perceived as a finite space becomes ambiguous and undefined. The immensity of the black and the multiplied lights, the golden curtain with a dark background, the illuminated cellar where the bottles can be seen, the translucent skylights... All this makes the limits of the space confusing, while a dreamlike space is generated. THRESHOLD And we will finish at the beginning: the front door and the façade, which we knew had to become a threshold that separates the space of the imaginary from the urban reality of the Les Corts neighbourhood in Barcelona. To do this, after much deliberation and thinking about what we should do, we decided to respect the interior shape of the nave, a gabled roof, and therefore rescue the formal archetype of a house. Secondly, the brothers conveyed to us the importance of the 4 seasons of the year, working with seasonal produce. That’s why we decided that the best way to represent this idea would be through nature. Specifically, around a forest and how the seasons transform it. Carlos had been following the works of the painter and muralist Regina Saura for years, and in some of her recent exhibitions she had focused on the representation of trees and forests. So we asked her to participate in the project and execute a work of art on the façade around the idea of a forest. We believe that Regina Saura's façade manages to convey the message of seasonality from the different shades of leaves (winter, summer, autumn and spring colours), and at the same time it allows the contrast with the reality of the urban context. We can understand the act of entering the Hermanos Torres Kitchen in two ways, crossing a forest in the city or accessing their new home in the forest. In any case, the façade is a threshold, a place where the outer space, the street, is abandoned, and which, once transferred, allows us to live almost imaginary experiences. All this thanks to the organisation of the space, the use of materials and the play of light. But above all, the interior space becomes a dream when you taste the latest creations by Sergio and Javier Torres.
  75. Edifici d'Habitatges Cartagena 312

    Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), Carlos Ferrater i Lambarri

    Edifici d'Habitatges Cartagena 312

    A la dreta de l’Eixample, a escassos metres de l’Hospital de Sant Pau i l’av. Gaudí (Sagrada Família) un edifici de 6,14 m de façana per 24 m de profunditat, dimensions molt habituals en la trama de Barcelona, perquè la normativa no permetia construir edificis en altura (planta baixa, altell i 5 plantes pis) en parcel·les amb mides inferiors 6 m. El projecte se soluciona amb local en planta i altell i un piso per planta passant a les cinc altures. Un exercici d’infill habitual al nostre estudi. Aquest edifici recull l’experiència de les fusteries mecanitzades a l’edifici del c/ Rosselló 257, al costat de passeig de Gràcia, organitzant grans marcs, amb finestres pivotants amb eix vertical i horitzontal i un ampit corregut en peces de pavès. Amb aquests tancaments s’aconsegueix una molt bona il·luminació de l’espai interior, així com una ventilació molt efectiva de les estades a façana, i alhora se soluciona l’enfosquiment de l’interior per mitjà de persianes a l’interior de la cambra, cosa que permet la neteja tots els vidres de la façana.
  76. FAD Award

    Finalist. Category: Interior Design

    FAD Award

    Hermanos Torres Restaurant-Cuisine

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