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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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The new headquarters of the Gustavo Gili publishing house occupy the inner courtyard of a block of houses in the Eixample distract, usually full of basements for garages, warehouses and similar uses. As it is a highly atomised program that required numerous easements, the building is divided into three clearly differentiated bodies. The central body houses the commercial and technical offices. This body faces the entrance garden, from where it is accessed through a double-height lobby, the only space with clearly visible court and architectural connotations. The body on the left houses the address and its outbuildings. The body on the right is intended for storage and packaging, and is clearly separated from the previous two. The structure forms a grid independent of the enclosures and adopts a different module in each of the bodies, which appear differentiated in the solution of the roof.
The publishing house is located in an inner courtyard of a block in Barcelona's Eixample, leaving a large access space so that vehicles can turn around. This would be the main idea of the project.
Currently, a bridge building has been built that closes the block, but since it is raised on pilotis, it is possible to continue seeing the interior of the block from the street. The tradition of taking up the interiors of blocks with productive activity follows the industrial tradition from the mid-19th century to the end of the 20th century. A model that has generated a compact, mixed-use urban system that combines housing, commerce and industry, and intensifies urban activity.
The publishing complex is made up of three low-rise buildings, with a ground floor plus a first floor, each of which houses a different part of the program: management, offices and warehouse. The language is very radical, and a colour treatment is carried out that accentuates the architectural forms, generating an atmosphere that transports us to the settings and locations of Alfred Hitchcock's films: these are the years of North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960).
This building won the FAD award in 1961.
Francesc Bassó i Birulés, Joaquim Gili i Moros