BAAS & ESPINET UBACH won the contest refurbishment of the Hospital Campus and the new Research Institute (VHIR)

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Built area.- 24,000 m² + campus
Competition Year.- 2017 (winners)
Project leader
Jero Gutiérrez + Andreu Egido
Eva Olavarria, Marc Sánchez, Carles Figuerola, Alba Azuara
Jornet Llop Pastor (urbanism) Estudi Ramon Folch (ambiental studies) Albert Bestard (landscape) BIS Arquitectes (structures) PGI (supplies)
Vall d’Hebron Institut de Recerca (VHIR)


Jordi Badia (Barcelona, 1961) graduated in architecture from the ETSAB (Barcelona School of Architecture) in 1989. Between 1989 and 1993 he practiced a professional partnership with Tonet Sunyer. In 1994 founded the BAAS architecture study, Jordi Badia combines his professional task of an architect with that of a professor at the Department of Architectural Projects at ETSAB since 2001 and at ESARQ-UIC since 2009. He also collaborates to the newspaper ARA since 2010 and is editor of the Hic Architecture since 2009. Along with Felix Arranz, he curated the Catalan and Balearic Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale 2012.

The practice is currently working on various projects, including the town hall in Montroig del Camp, the headquarters of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre and the new premises of the MUHBA (Museum of History of Barcelona) in Poblenou district, Barcelona. The office is also working on the citizens building in Palamós, the extensive rehabilitation of Alta Diagonal office building in Barcelona and the Radio and TV University in Katowice, Poland.


Espinet/Ubach arquitectes was founded in Barcelona in 1976 and leads it by Miquel Espinet and Antoni Ubach, their work is based on social commitment, cultural, technological innovation, respect for the environment and functionality.

Espinet/Ubach have a long history in the design of public buildings, educational and cultural facilities.

Miquel Espinet i Mestre (1948, Lleida) is architect from the School of Architecture of Barcelona. He is Senior Lecturer in Projects III, The EINA School of Design, affiliated with the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He was President of the Awards Jury City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2010. He was Director of the EINA School of Design (Autonomous University of Barcelona) from 1984 to 1996, He has been a Visiting Professor of Architecture Project at several architecture schools in Europe and America.

Antoni Ubach i Nuet (1944, Barcelona) is architect from the School of Architecture of Barcelona, Doctor in Architecture from The Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Professor of Architecture Projects at the Barcelona School of Architecture. Head Speaker at the VIII Congress of Architecture of Panama. Member of the Coordination Board of the UIA Congress in Barcelona. Founder and Vice President of the Caixa d’Arquitectes (savings bank) until 2001.




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