Residential Building in Ausias March / GCA Architects
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Manufacturers : Bulthaup, Carl Hansen, Cortez, ICONIC, Oluce, Oty Light, Santa & Cole, thyssenkrupp, Alessi, Finn Juhl – Mino, Cardoner’s carpentry, Character – Minimal, Marmogil, Max Enrich, PARK STYLE, Roca
Text description provided by the architects. The aim of the intervention was to adapt an office building, with a structure and facade in accordance with the 1960s, into a multi-family building with a layout that responds to the new demands of modern life. The project redesigns the envelope of the building and creates a dialogue with the classical architecture of the Eixample, through a facade that pays tribute to light. The building generates a composition of full and empty spaces and plays with environmental conditioning factors such as sun protection and cross ventilation.
Compositionally, the project proposes the reconfiguration of the central space of the building to generate a new vertical communication core and a new courtyard, creating two residences per floor. All public areas, spacious and sunny, are oriented towards the facades, towards Carrer de Ausiàs March or towards the courtyard of the block. The more enclosed spaces open onto the new central courtyard, creating cross ventilation in all homes. In this way, the building avoids the typical shaded corridor typology.
The distribution of the residences revolves around a central element that houses the kitchen appliances, which is hidden thanks to the design strategy of the furniture, turning it into a versatile space that can act as a meeting point, workspace or simply as a distribution hall. Most public areas in the home, such as the living and dining rooms, span the entire length of the facades and make the most of natural light. On the main facade, exposed to the southeast, wooden shutters create dynamic relationships between the interior and the exterior, generating an evocative interplay of light and shadow, guaranteeing privacy and shading of the rooms.
Stone and wood are the two materials used in both cladding and flooring and are the common thread of the entire project. Oak wood and white Carrara marble have been used in the interiors of the houses, seeking a chromatic and sensitive balance that enhances the austerity of the overall design.
The stone-wood duality runs throughout the project, both in the residences and common areas, as well as in the envelope. The expressiveness of the facade is the product of the material and composition logic used, where limestone and wood enter into a dialogue with the cladding and shades of the surrounding buildings. The composition and proportion of mass and emptiness, the textures, the materials and the vertical design of the wooden shutters are the design tools that give an honest answer to the interior division. The project uses the technologies of modern living while integrating into the surrounding buildings in an elegant, timeless and sober way.