Escape stairs in the listed Teresianas Ganduxer area, Barcelona
Pich architects 

Escape stairs in the listed Teresianas Ganduxer area, Barcelona

Pich architects 


In 1889 Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to build a school pavilion in Barcelona for the Teresian Religious Community of Ganduxer. Over the years, the school and residence complex – listed as a Cultural Asset of National Interest – has been done up and enlarged to adapt to evolving needs and requirements. To comply with current safety regulations, for example, an escape staircase has had to be added to the Santa Teresa Pavilion, which dates back to 1946. Designed to blend with the Gaudí building, to which it is discreetly attached, the new addition is an exterior stairwell confined to the central bay of the side facade, in the interest of respecting the existing composition. Its position coincides with the end of an interior corridor that leads to all the classrooms and connects longitudinally with a second staircase. Taking the rhythms, transparencies, and textures of the Gaudí building’s access volume as a reference, the project with its built area of 450 square meters presents a volume whose enclosure is a traditional ceramic lattice. The stairs are executed with prefabricated metal elements assembled on the site.