Harquitectes, Lleialtat Santseca Civic Center in Barcelona in Barcelona
Photos: Adriá Goula
The project takes off from three fundamental premises: understanding the value of the history of Lleialtat Santsenca (1928), an old workers’ cooperative; knowing with precision the material state of the building; and taking stock of the entire collaborative process that entities of the neighborhood initiated in 2009 to get it back into shape. For this, four basic objectives are set: to make the most of everything in the original construction that could be put to use, demolishing whatever cannot be reused; to conceive a strategy of intervention through indispensable actions; to establish an intense dialogue with context; and to formulate a sustainable proposal. The building presents three structural volumes that link up by means of a large longitudinal void, connecting them and all the halls, preexisting and new, through a gradual movement from the most public to the most private areas. The light gable roofs are coated with cellular polycarbonate on the south and insulated metal sheet to the north.
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