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2019-2022 Aureli Mora i Omar Ornaque

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2019-2022 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

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2019-2022 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Maria Jesús Quintero

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  • Josep Fontserè i Mestre

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  1. Torre del Marquès de Marianao

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre

  2. Extension of Can Ricart

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre

  3. Development of La Ciutadella Park

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre, Elies Rogent Amat, Antoni Rovira i Trias

    Development of La Ciutadella Park

    The Ciutadella Park extends over the remains of the old fort that was built in the 18th century to control Barcelona militarily, together with the Montjuïc Castle, and to be able to subject the city to crossfire if it revolted again. Once the space around the city had been cleared and the Cerdà plan had begun its works, the military imposed the condition that the land should be turned into a park for the fort’s demolition. This is submitted to a competition, which is won by Josep Fontserè thanks to his ability to hand over the land against the remains of the Ribera district, demolished precisely to build the fort, and against the growing city organised by Cerdà. Against the Ribera district, Fontserè organises an urbanization which depends on the Passeig del Born and the current Passeig Picasso, both parallel, culminating in the Born market. Against the Eixample, Fontserè has what will become the Passeig de Sant Joan. The project suffers from two major setbacks: the first one happens when Fontserè is forced to preserve part of the Ciutadella buildings (such as the one that currently houses Parliament of Catalonia) and to have a water tank that ends up being turned into a monumental waterfall. Fontserè does the project with the collaboration of Antoni Gaudí, then still a student. The second setback is the 1898 Exhibition, which delays its development. This is carried out episodically over the following decades, never completed on the southern slope where Mayor Porcioles will end up building the Zoo that prevents the connection with Poblenou. Today, all the romantic-inspired gardens, preserved by existing buildings and those built in the early 20th century, which produce one of the most pleasant walks in the city, are preserved. The monumental waterfall, where Gaudí played a decisive role, is still open to the public and can be visited. The park is guarded by a perimeter fence and the Zoo is still awaiting relocation. When this is done, the park will finally reach its original perimeter.
  4. El Born Market

    Josep Maria Cornet i Mas, Josep Fontserè i Mestre

    El Born Market

    The Born market is a key part of the urban development plan that gave rise to the Ciutadella park when it was demolished in the middle of the 19th century. A series of long, narrow islands run parallel to the park's direction and face the Ribera district. The heart of the intervention is a public square doubled by the Born market (Barcelona’s wholesale market). The original market is conceived as a covered square with a very light roof by Josep Maria Cornet i Mas. This roof is shaped like a cross inscribed on the perimeter of the market, formed by asymmetrical gabled roofs with skylights on the ridge, raised with respect to other groups of identical roofs. An octagonal dome with a lantern is arranged on the cruise. The market closures are opaque to mid-height and are covered (like the jumps between the roofs) by a metal shutter, almost a mesh, which introduces a nuanced and almost religious light. The market was abandoned in 1971 and survived the Olympics. When, finally, the aim is to dispose of the Barcelona Provincial Library, its architects, Enric Sòria and Rafael de Cáceres, find the remains of the old Ribera district in an optimal state of conservation when they excavate the floor. The program is adapted to the findings and, currently, the building is still under construction to house a part of the Museum of the History of the City that will deal precisely with the preservation of these ruins under the archeologically restored structure of the market. The new intervention has perimeter platforms that will allow the view of the ruins while keeping the space of the roundabout intact. The museum program will be housed in cubicles and arranged in a square. All the intervention will be public and will recover the square-like character that the Mediterranean markets have.
  5. Water Tower in La Ciutadella Park

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre, Antoni Gaudí i Cornet

    Water Tower in La Ciutadella Park

    L’edifici neix per satisfer la demanda d’aigua que tenia un parc com el de la Ciutadella i es disposa al costat d'aquest, en una illa estàndard de l’Eixample. El volum de l’edifici és gairebé cúbic, a quatre vents, amb totes les façanes iguals –de maó massís, l'únic material utilitzat– i completament desproveït d’ornamentació; es tracta d’un edifici de servei pur, transcendit a base de l’ordre rigorós de la seva façana, definida pels contraforts exteriors de suport del dipòsit. Està alineat contra el carrer Wellington, sense tocar cap xamfrà. El dipòsit se situa a cel obert, elevat per pressuritzar l’aigua per gravetat. L’espai interior és una sala hipòstila producte de convertir els murs de suport de les voltes que suporten el dipòsit en pilars foradant-los mitjançant un sistema regular d’arcs. És un dels espais interiors més bells de la ciutat. L’estructura del dipòsit va ser calculada per un Antoni Gaudí encara estudiant a canvi d’un aprovat directe en l’assignatura Resistència de materials.
  6. Urban Development of El Born

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre

  7. Waterfall and Artificial Lake

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre, Antoni Gaudí i Cornet

    Waterfall and Artificial Lake

  8. Samà Park

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre

    Samà Park

    Situat als afores de Cambrils, camí de Montbrió del Camp va ser projectat per Josep Fontserè i Mestre l’any 1881. Va ser encarregat i promogut per Salvador Samà i Torrents, marquès de Marianao. Es tracta d’un jardí botànic clos, d’unes 14 hectàrees, d’estil romàntic. És una de les últimes i més importants mostres d’aquest estil a Catalunya. El gust i el traç per recrear lo exòtic, són l’eix vertebrador del projecte. El parc comença sent el jardí de la casa, aquesta recreació d’un paisatge exòtic amb aires romàntics porta associada la construcció de diferents recintes per tal d’allotjar animals, portats d’arreu del món, per tal de constituir el zoològic privat del marquès. Actualment, la presència d’animals és quasi anecdòtica; tot i que les construccions de rocalla, simulant coves i grutes naturals, encara es conserven. La morfologia i ordenació del parc es basa en la generació d’uns eixos principals, envoltats de plantacions simètriques i ortogonals (de plataners, palmeres, oliveres i ametllers entre d’altres), que envolten la casa. A mesura que ens n’allunyem aquests eixos, es converteixen en camins, amb formes més orgàniques i sinuoses, adaptant-se a la topografia, i multiplicant les possibilitats de recorregut. Les plantacions regulars es van desfent i integrant en agrupacions, franges i clars tal i com si ens trobéssim en mig del bosc. Construccions com la torre-mirador, la font-sortidor, el llac i la glorieta, o el canal i la cascada, van generant diferents escenografies que recreen els diferents paisatges i ambients del jardí.
  9. Palau del Marquès de Santa Isabel

    Josep Fontserè i Mestre

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