In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.
The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.
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Mitjans solves the pattern of the tower inspired by the Pirelli building in Turin, after a meeting with its author, Gio Ponti. However, the structural solution is completely new: four metal pillars located in the floor’s centre of gravity leave the rest completely open and contain all the facilities. The four side screens are also load-bearing, and all the supporting elements are expressed on the outside by a white marble cladding. The two vertical communication cores are located at the ends and ensure evacuation in case of fire. The tower is connected to the Eixample’s fabric through a lower body and reaches up to twenty metres below the ground to house the car park. This is a completely genuine solution for a medium-sized office tower, which strongly characterises the urban landscape of the area.
Banco Atlántico is one of the so-called singular buildings that were carried out when Josep Maria de Porcioles was Barcelona’s Mayor. It is clearly inspired by the Pirelli Tower in Milan, designed by Gio Ponti in collaboration with the structural engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. In Banco Atlántico, the lenticular plan adapts perfectly to the geometry of the chamfer, which leaves the project perfectly locked in the urban context.
To define the volume of the building, Mitjans generates a shadow at the vertices that allows him to visually separate the building from the dividing walls and have a vertical reading of the tower, from the roof to the sidewalk. This solution also allows you to highlight one of the neighbouring buildings located on Balmes Street and whose author is Ricard Ribas i Seva from GATCPAC. The layout of the floor plan is organised around these lateral vertices, which are opaque elements that contain the cores of vertical communication and services. This solution allows the floors to be very diaphanous and the rest of the façades can be solved with glass curtain walls. A water tank has been incorporated into the roof of the building in case of fire.
Santiago Balcells Gorina, Francesc Mitjans Miró
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