EMBA

ESTUDI MASSIP-BOSCH ARCHITECTS
SELECTED PROJECTS

DIAGONAL ZEROZERO TELEFONICA TOWER

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PRIZES FIRST PRIZE LEAF AWARDS – BEST COMMERCIAL BUILDING 2011 | FIRST PRIZE CATALUNYA CONSTRUCCIÓ BEST CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 2011 | NOMINEE CTBUH AWARDS BEST TALL BUILDING 2011 | SHORTLISTED EMPORIS AWARDS BEST NEW SKYSCRAPER 2010 | FIRST PRIZE ACTUALIDAD ECONÓMICA BEST URBAN PROJECT 2009

LOCATION BARCELONA DEVELOPER CONSORCI DE LA ZONA FRANCA DE BARCELONA USER TELEFÓNICA SA AREA ABOVE GROUND BUILT AREA 25.327 M2; UNDERGROUND BUILT AREA 8.576 M2 BUDGET 66.901.280,00EUR YEARS 2006-2011

Diagonal ZeroZero Telefonica Tower is the latest addition to Barcelona’s famed skyline. It sits on an exceptional location marking the origin of Diagonal Avenue, Barcelona’s main thoroughfare, on the border of the vast expanses of the Fòrum Area by the sea. This tower, custom-tailored to host the corporate headquarters of Telefonica Group and its main R+D global facilities, is a contextual building with a symbiotic relationship with its surroundings, directly opening a ground-floor flagship store onto the adjacent public spaces.

It is a trapezoidal prism, sharp and stylized, light and whitish, that takes advantage of the perimeter shape of the plot. Through its extra-clear glass curtain wall it reveals dynamic volumes that respond to the different specificities of the interior program and relate to the various heights of nearby buildings. Inside the building four singular areas generate a variety of interior experiences: the main lobby atrium 30 meter high; an atrium on the club area at the 17th floor; the terrace and the double height of the Board Room, on the 23rd floor; and the auditorium, which occupies two floors and is split into stalls and two amphitheaters that can operate autonomously for smaller groups.

The standard office floors are open-plan, taking advantage of the structural system of the tower: a bearing central core and a perimeter structure along the façade allow for no pillars in the plan. The diamond lattice of the exterior bears the horizontal forces and torque of the tower, and contributes to the diffusion of solar light and to glare control, generating interior working spaces of extraordinary quality.

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EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; ALEIX ANTILLACH, ELENA GUIM, JON AJANGUIZ (PROJECT DIRECTORS), ESTEVESOLÀ, RICARDO MAURICIO, CARLOS CACHÓN, CORNELIA MEMM, CRISTINA FEIJOO, HEIDI REICHENBACHER, RITA PACHECO, RODRIGO VARGAS, JANA ALONSO, MARTA MARCET, MARIANA ARÁMBURU (ARCHITECTS); MONTSE GALINDO (ARCH. PRESCRIPTION), GLÒRIA ANDRÉS (DOCUMENTAL CONTROL); RODRIGO VARGAS, LAURA RODERA, MIGUEL ORELLANA (ARCH. STUDENTS) CONSULTANTS: AUMEDES DAP — XAVIER AUMEDES, GEMMA RIUS, CESC DEHARO, ANNA SOLER (QUANTITY SURVEYORS); MC2 — JULIO MARTÍNEZCALZÓN, PIETROBARTALOTTA, LUCA CERIANI (STRUCTURES); MASTER ENGINYERIA — MARC JAUMÀ (FACILITIES) MODELS EMBA_ELOI HORTONEDA, ANDREA SANGLAS RENDERS EMBA, RUPERT MAURUS PHOTOGRAPHY PEDRO ANTONIO PÉREZ – EMBA

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT & COMMERCIAL CENTER

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LOCATION MAS RAMPINYO 2, MONTCADA I REIXAC, BARCELONA, SPAIN DEVELOPER INCASOL AREA HOUSING 7.144 M2; COMMERCIAL CENTER  3.000 M2; PARKING (275 PLACES) 6.400 M2 BUDGET 11.905.000EUR YEARS 2002-2010

The site of this public-funded housing is quite unique because it is placed along the main access avenue of this suburban extension of Montcada, a town within the metropolitan area of Barcelona, leading to the train station and opening onto a big central green park. Our proposal summarizes the various requests of the building regulations forming a compact U-shaped block, using the best possible orientation and opening the apartments to the most spacious areas of the plot.

Our intention was to solve simultaneously the need to minimize common spaces and the request of maximum sunlight exposure, thus generating a variety of unit types combining passing apartments with corner flats, so that all have an orientation to the morning sun. We achieve flexibility of the flats through the strategic situation of 2- and 3-bedroom units, which may vary according to changing requirements. This versatility is further enhanced by the construction system of the interior walls, based on a drywall mounting system.

The facades exposed to the sun are arranged with generous terraces within a strict system of horizontal stripes, while the North facades are treated with minimal openings within the same compositional layout, thus blurring the definition of a front-and-back scheme. The building program is completed with a ground floor occupied completely by a commercial center (composed by flexible small units with street façade and a large shopping center in the interior of the block) and a two-story parking for public and private use.

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EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; BET CASES (PROJECT DIRECTOR); JANA ALONSO, NATÀLIA VALLDEPERAS, INMA  (ARCHITECTS) PHOTOGRAPHY FILIPPO POLI, EMBA

THE CHINESE CITY GRAND EXHIBITION (PARIS & BARCELONA)

EX-P_01FLOCATION PARIS, FRANCE /BARCELONA, SPAIN PROMOTOR CITÉ DE L’ARCHITECTURE ET DU PATRIMOINE /CENTRE DE CULTURA CONTEMPORÀNIA DE BARCELONA CURATOR FRÉDÉRIC EDELMANN AREA 1.525 M2 (PARIS) 1.619 M2 (BARCELONA) BUDGET 315.000EUR (PARIS) 354.000EUR (BARCELONA) YEARS 2007 – 2009

This exhibition meant an approach to those major social, urban and regional transformations taking place in China today. It put on the same plane continuity and change, tradition and modernity, creation and destruction. Its conceptual structure was based in areas defined by semantic fields (character, earth, water, etc) and in a selection of cities that exemplify some contemporary issues (production and Canton, Shanghai and seduction, etc).

Our design of the exhibition enhanced the curator’s premise, emphasizing the main concepts of simultaneity and size, two characteristics that are inherent to China’s condition. The semantic fields of the exhibit formed a continuous, non-interrupted background, allowing for long visuals at different levels. The magnificent wing of the Palais de Chaillot in which it was shown, was used as an opportunity to express this unity in the space of the Chinese city and the various vicissitudes that take place in it.

The elements that condense meaning in this continuity, both in reality and in the exhibition, are the cities themselves, a sort of archipelago in the Chinese ocean. Each city, and its specific material, was a very tall volume in which all its contents was shown, and onto which a specific movie for each city, specially commissioned by the award-winning Chinese director Jia Zhangke to several other Chinese directors, was shown.

This exhibition was later shown in Barcelona, at CCCB cultural center, in very different spatial conditions from the wing of the Cité de l’Architecture in Paris. But still the same elements were used and the same formal and organizational criteria remained, thus resulting in two different expressions of the same conceptual design.

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EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; NATÀLIA VALLDEPERES, INMA RODRÍGUEZ (ARCHITECTS DIRECTORS) CONSULTANTS MM!: MÒNICA MESTANZA, ROSA RODRÍGUEZ (GRAFISME)

RESIDENTIAL & PUBLIC FACILITIES MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT

JP_04-verticalLOCATION BARCELONA, SPAIN DEVELOPER PATRONAT MUNICIPAL DE L’HABITAGE AREA HOUSING AND PUBLIC FACILITIES: 8.919 M2; PARKING 2.754 M2; BUDGET 2.227.235EUR YEARS 2008-ONGOING

WORK IN PROGRESS

The project has to solve a complex program in a fixed volume, defined by urban planning regulations. Our design adds to this condition another one, which is to obtain a maximum visual unity of the solutions and elements of the ensemble, despite their disparate nature.

The program is stratified in height: the day center for the elderly is placed on the ground floor and is closely related to the housing for the elderly, although it is an independent facility. The civic center is located on the first floor with a double-height ground-floor entrance at the narrowest vertex of the building. Both communal facilities have their entrances on the main street, while housing entrances are placed in the other façades, taking advantage of the pedestrian street for the entrances of the housing and the bar areas of the civic and day center.

Typologically we define a compact solution for the two types of housing in both cases, but the design provides with plenty of natural light in the distribution areas thanks to the creation of three different courtyards and the excavation of the façade in order to create direct connections with the exterior. Construction finishes are meant to be economical and functional, hence the use of GRC-glass reinforced concrete panels, custom-designed by EMBA, that allow for a quick and industrialized construction of excellent quality.

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EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; ELISABET CASES, JULIANA BRACCHI (PROJECT DIRECTORS), INMA RODRÍGUEZ (ARCHITECT) MODELS EMBA_ELOI HORTONEDA RENDERS RUPERT MAURUS

RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT

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PRIZES FIRST PRIZE ARCHIZINC TROPHEE 2011 | SHORTLISTED LEAF AWARDS 2010, MIXED-USE BUILDING CATEGORY

LOCATION SANT CUGAT DEL VALLÈS (BARCELONA) DEVELOPER PROMUSA – CITY AREA OF SUSTAINABILITY, CITY COUNCIL OF SANT CUGAT DEL VALLÈS AREA SITE : 7.505 M2; TOTAL: 14.980 M2; AFFORDABLE HOUSING: 6.876 M2; OFFICES: 3.753 M2; PUBLIC MARKET AND SUPER: 2.933 M2; COMMERCIAL CENTER: 1.418 M2; PARKING & UNDERGROUND BUILD:16.594 M2 BUDGET 20.000.342EUR YEARS 2005-2010

Volpelleres Centre is the main focus of public and private activity in this area of Sant Cugat, a prime location in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Located nearby a new intermodal hub, we understood the project as an opportunity to generate synergies among different parts of the program, which includes a municipal market, a mall, social housing, offices and an extensive underground parking, thus effectively becoming a node of centrality and urbanity for the whole neighborhood.

We have sought the maximum permeability of the building, which adapts to the very pronounced slopes of the site, opening up passages and entrances on different levels. All these levels correlate with a longitudinal interior axis which creates a visual continuum through the whole building, generating the impression of being in a traditional urban milieu. This axis is oriented towards the historic city center of Sant Cugat, very visible from the ensemble.

The organization of the program responds to the main parameters of the urban planning, using public space as the backbone structuring the whole sector. Commercial areas, placed on the lower levels, open towards the open public spaces, while flats and offices make up the visible volumes of the building, orientated according to the best solar exposure. Several sustainable strategies are effectively implemented, including a co-generating plant, making this building one of the most advanced residential developments in Spain.

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LUXURY HOUSING AND COMMERCIAL CENTER

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LOCATION TAINAN, TAIWAN DEVELOPER UNDISCLOSED PRIVATE CLIENT AREA PREMIUM APARTMENTS  40.332 M2; RESIDENTIAL TOWERS 62.208 M2; COMMERCIAL CENTER 11.580 M2 BUDGET UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT YEARS 2012-ONGOING

In a beautiful setting on the new expansions of Tainan sits this prime location just in front of the new National History Museum of Taiwan. The program for this luxury development is very large, involving several residential towers and a commercial center. Our main goal has been to build as few towers as possible, so they become as unique as possible and have more open views towards the Museum, the river and the coast far away. The resulting eight towers generate an interplay among them and with their surroundings that helps create a feeling of belonging and of high life-style quality.

The floor plans are diaphanous, without interior structure, supported by a central core and a perimeter structure developing some of our most recent experiences, like Diagonal ZeroZero Tower in Barcelona. This results in a very flexible plan that can be marketed according to changing conditions and adapted to future social needs. Each apartment has a very large terrace protected from the wind, allowing for an outdoors experience throughout the year. Several sustainability strategies are implemented in order to reduce carbon emissions and operating costs.

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EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; BET CASES, JON AJANGUIZ, (PROJECT LEADERS); CORNELIA MEMM, ALEIX ANTILLACH, INMA RODRIGUEZ (ARCHITECTS), JORGE MASCARAY, JANJA KOTNIK (ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS) CONSULTANTS MC2-JULIO MARTÍNEZ CALZÓN (STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING); AUMEDES DAP – XAVIER AUMEDES, GEMMA RIUS (CIVIL ENGINEERING, COST MANAGEMENT) MODELS EMBA – ELOI HORTONEDA RENDERS PLAYTIME, EMBA

PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE RENEWAL

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PRIZES FIRST PRIZE AT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ABITARE IL MEDITERRANEO, 2009 | SHORTLISTED 5A BIENNAL DEL PAISATGE, PREMI ROSA BARBA, 2008

LOCATION VILA DE LEUCATE, FRANCE DEVELOPER CITY COUNCIL OF LEUCATE AREA 3.228 M2 BUDGET 750.000EUR YEAR 2005-2007

The renovation of the Place de La République has been an excellent occasion to revitalize the old center of the town and enhance its centrality in the complex and extended urban fabric of Leucate. The space of the square is a very elongated rectangle which has as its main attribute a strong fault line along its whole length. Our design takes this feature as the generating element that allows for different activities – from the most intimate to the most public nature – to be held at the square assuring the improvement of the general uses and conditions.

The main concepts of the proposal are: to bring closer together the North and South levels of the square to reduce the topographic difference; to understand the square as a single spatial unity despite the fault line; and to allow for different uses and their compatibility. The element that recollects all these criteria and is able to structure the whole project is a giant molding that runs along the square resolving all topographic differences at a single stroke. It facilitates the active use of the piazza by means of its stepping form, creating terraces, benches, or stairs, thus giving unity to the place.

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TEAM ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; ALEIX ANTILLACH (ARCHITECT) CONSULTANTS BET FIGUERAS – BARCELONA (LANDSCAPE DESIGN); GUILHEM ARCHITECTS – ALBI (ARCHITECTS); TECHNIQUE & COORDINATION – BLAGNAC (QUANTITY SURVEYORS); BEFS ENGINEERS – TOULOUSE (FACILITIES) MODELS EMBA_ELOI HORTONEDA, ANDREA SANGLAS RENDERS INSIDE

CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS & LOGISTIC CENTER

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LOCATION MOSCOW (RUSSIA) DEVELOPER TJ FASHION GROUP AREA OFFICES 12.000 M2; LOGISTIC CENTER 15.000 M2; UNDERGROUND CAR PARK 12.500 M2 BUDGET 43.000.000EUR YEARS 2007-2009 CANCELLED

In a town north-west of Moscow, close to Sheremtyevo Airport, the TJ Collection Group was to build its headquarters and main logistic center. Our proposal integrates in a unique result these two main functions of the building and the three main conditions requested by the client: to create a visible icon for the company, to create ideal working conditions and to make a building which is flexible and functional enough for being a reasonable and sustainable investment. Moscow’s harsh winter climate was one of our concern, and hence the main insulating concept of the proposal, what we call ‘a fist in a sleeve’: to generate spaces wrapped and protected by a continuous thermal surface.

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Standard office floors are open-plan and without interior structure. This same scheme we have used successfully  in several of our projects: a central core and a perimeter structure along the façade. In this case, the very form of the volume strengthens the rigidity of the ensemble. This layout creates fluent plans in the administration areas and allows a continuous perception of the maximum size, which gives a feeling of unity and belonging: this is a central concept in our proposal as well as a company requirement to generate more corporate proximity.

One of our preoccupations has been to deal with both the warehouse and the headquarters as a single entity. Thus, we propose materials and techniques that make this unified character happen, based in light construction techniques and glass and zinc cladding shared, both for the tower and the warehouse. An important aspect is the treatment of the entrance space, which is designed as an entry oasis, materialized by sloping greenery that brings together the road level and the entry level, leading to a single double-height lobby with natural light.

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EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; PAOLA GAUDIO, CORNELIA MEMM, (PROJECT LEADER); ESTEVESOLÀ, ZÉLIA COSTA (ARCHITECTS), RODRIGO VARGAS (ARCHITECTURE STUDENT) CONSULTANTS MC2-JULIO MARTÍNEZCALZÓN (STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING); MASTER ENGINYERIA (HVAC ENGINEERING); AUMEDES DAP – XAVIER AUMEDES, GEMMA RIUS (CIVIL ENGINEERING, COST MANAGEMENT) MODELS EMBA – ELOI HORTONEDA RENDERS RUPERT MAURUS, EMBA

URBAN PLANNING FREIHAM-NORD

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Freiham Nord will be the last contemporary substantial development to take place in Munich and will accommodate about 10.000 inhabitants. The Masterplan Freiham-Nord has been divided into several project areas with different programming, each about 40 ha in size. EMBA has developed an innovative project for one of these areas proposing an intimate relationship between residences and nature in a concatenation of enclaves.

Several sustainable strategies are implemented to create a model neighborhood reflecting society’s new aspirations. Housing units are also designed to meet the specific requirements of the brief and to cater for future changes in social and individual needs. One of our main concerns has been to blur the difference between private and public space, so the entire neighborhood can function as a large, single public space.

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EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; CORNELIA MEMM, ALEIX ANTILLACH, GLÒRIA ANDRÉS, ANGELICA FLORIDDIA, INMA RODRÍGUEZ (ARCHITECTS) MODELS EMBA_ELOI HORTONEDA RENDERS PLAYTIME

TOWN HALL EXTENSION & RENEWAL

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LOCATION SANTA COLOMA DE GRAMENET, BARCELONA, SPAIN DEVELOPER CITY COUNCIL OF SANTA COLOMA DE GRAMENET AREA RENOVATION 8.200 M2; EXTENSION 4.500 M2; URBANIZATION 5.000 M2 BUDGET 16.000.000EUR YEARS 2006-2010

Santa Coloma is a town of the metropolitan continuum of Barcelona. It grew exponentially in a very short time with the immigration wave of the 1960’s. Its present urban form dates from those days and is very compact and of poor quality. This is changing now very rapidly due to a collective effort to bring the city up-to-date. The project of the renewal of the City Hall, in the very center of the town, is an important part of this renovation program.

The project adds a large new program to the existing building, a reference landmark originated in the 1920s but mainly from the 1940s. The main intention of our design is to generate a unified coherent constructed body capable to create a new urban landscape while preserving the previous layers of the construction of the building. The outcome is a low profile volume very attentive to the difficult topographic and scale conditions, environmentally and urbanistically sound.

A new great courtyard is opened at the core of the ensemble, organizing all percourses. The old staircase opens to this central patio-entrance, reinforcing the binding between the old and the new. The continuity we look for at urban functional level we also reinforce at material level by means of continuity of forms and façade treatment between all the buildings. Thus the idea of the reverberating façade as a device that works not only as an efficient thermal cushion, but also helps integrating this big institutional building in its small-scale, domestic milieu.

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EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; ELISABET CASES, NATÀLIA VALLDEPERAS (ARCHITECTS); JABI FERNÁNDEZ, MARCOS MIGUÉLEZ, MIGUEL ORELLANA, RODRIGO VARGAS (ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS) CONSULTANTS IDOM-JAVIER MORENO, IGONE LÓPEZ, CONRAD MASIP, VALENTÍN DE CARLOS (GENERAL ENGINEERING)