New Catalonian Institute of Economists Headquarters.

16/01/2014
New Catalonian Institute of Economists Headquarters.
By Roldán+Berengué Arqts. [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO.
Catalonian Institute of Economists. Photography © Jordi Surroca. Courtesy of Roldán + Berengué arqts.
The Catalonian Institute of Economists opened a few months ago its new headquarters in Gal·la Placídia square in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, Barcelona. Roldán + Berengué Architects explain their work "as the result of rescaling the appearance of the project around three fundamentals of architecture: visibility, convertibility and communicability".

Memory of project.

We can summarize our work as the result of rescaling the appearance of the project around three fundamentals of architecture: visibility, convertibility and communicability.

A building that creates public space

The plot, occupied during many years by amusement park El Caspolino, is located on the boundary between Gracia and Sarria-Sant Gervasi, neighbourhoods of Barcelona. The new Institute of Economists occupies a narrow plot with a 32 m facade and 380 sqm area at Gal.la Placídia square along Via Augusta. A fragment of the city in transformation.

Grouping and rescaling

The 3,000 sqm program is organized on six floors and two underground levels. By a grouping operation, the building appears as a sequence of boxes that are two storeys high. Functions are divided into spaces of diffusion (auditorium for 150 people and multipurpose room for 100), spaces for training and dean/administration.

Communicability and visibility

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ROLDÁN + BERENGUÉ

ROLDÁN + BERENGUÉ is an Architecture firm with 25 years of experience, founded in 1988 by partners Miguel Roldán and Mercè Berengué, conformed by a multidisciplinary team with experts in sustainability and design and construction management.

They are experts in residential architecture, corporate headquarters, public and private facilities and the restoration ...read more