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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Nua arquitectures, Gon-Gar Workshops in Benisanet (Tarragona)

For almost five decades now, the agricultural machinery repais company Gon-Gar has been located in the compact urban area of Benisanet, a town in Catalonia’s Ribera d’Ebre county. The Catalan firm Nua arquitectures – Ferran Tiñena, Arnau Tiñena, and Maria Rius – was commissioned to refurbish and enlarge the facilities. The intervention involved transforming an abandoned warehouse into offices and attaching to it a new diaphanous volume to be used as a mechanical workshop and an exhibition area. The renovated part features new skylights and windows as well as light wooden structures to delimit the offices. Aiming for continuity, connectivity, and dialogue between the two constructions, the new workshop follows the preexisting shed’s main axes. The triangulated structure of lattices, steel beams, and skylights is held up by pillars arranged along the perimeter. Here, in an attic clad with laminated wood, we find the company’s meeting room, which, framed on the outside by a large pane of glass, connects the lower floors of the workshop to the office building. On the other hand, the textured treatment of the brick facade, the rhythm of its openings, and the dimensions of the bays all contribute to integrating the complex into an environment composed essentially of private homes.
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