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It is a clear example of Coderch's conceptions of urban architecture, this time applied to a scholar and cultural building. The plot is occupied in its entirety by two underground floors and a ground floor, while the remaining eight floors form a very clear prism, set back from the street and separated from neighbouring buildings. The image of this prism from the different points of view of the street means that the design of the building has focused mainly on the skin of the façade. The reinforced concrete pillars are absorbed into the thickness of the skin, and the openings, very slender and located on the outside, accentuate the smooth appearance of the ceramic coating and offer a light and nuanced light inside. The result is a large, smooth volume that clearly assumes its urban role and is shown as a fragment of a city that cares, above all, about its position and the open spaces it generates.
The regulatory conditions of buildability and height mean that the first decision of the project is to give up part of this buildability in order to distinguish the building, separating it from other neighbouring buildings. In this way, Coderch endowed the edifice with notoriety towards the rest, convinced that this virtue is inalienable to any institutional construction.
Although the building is located on a street near Diagonal Avenue, it remains secluded and therefore isolated from the noise pollution of such a busy street. In any case, it is decided to solve these possible problems in the façade’s detail, as well as those of the visuals and glare, opting for a composition of very close pillars that leave in between each other the same void that they occupy. This fulfills the brise-soleil function, placing the carpentry flush with their exterior and favouring a neutral but forceful expression. The parallelepiped is covered with ceramic tiles and the only volume that stands out and is displaced is that of the emergency staircase that faces Tuset Street.
The surface that has been left free is complemented by vegetation that accompanies both the parking ramp, which grows two floors below, and the path that accompanies it to the entrance of the lobby, which houses both the reception and the library and the administration.
José Antonio Coderch de Sentmenat, Manuel Valls i Vergés