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.
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)
LOCATION CUNIT, SPAIN DEVELOPER LAYETANA INMOBILIARIA AREA 1118.801 M2 SITE; 46.520 M2 HOUSING; 26.600 M2 COMMERCIAL AREAS; 42.654 M2 CENTRAL PARK; 45.310 M2 URBAN DEVELOPMENT BUDGET 62.878.425EUR YEAR 2007
This large urban extension of Cunit is to be implemented on the vast land expanse of Pla del Castell, the only remaining agricultural plot next to the town center. From this unique situation we derive some of the main goals of the design:
– to keep and enhance the current qualities of the site, its long visual lines, its unity of space;
– to keep and enhance the existing tree masses as one of the main natural values of the site;
– to keep and enhance the main compositional lines of the place, parallel to the sea.
As a result, we define a fluid central axis with diverse characteristics, with spatial expansions and compressions, and with different qualities of natural light. The volumes of the buildings play along these lines and recognize this diversity of orientations and formally qualify the proposal. It consists in subtle deformations of prismatic bodies that orientate towards accesses and public spaces like the Central Park or the Train Station, and that find an echo in the shapes of the elements and paths of the Park.
The façades of the housing blocks are designed in such a way that can work with small variations for all sort of residential units in order to keep the formal unity and singularity of the ensemble. Façades are made with prefabricated GRC concrete panels resembling irregular and petrified curtains that generate a play of light and shadow, dynamizing the volumes and making the buildings to appear lighter.
We have devised the Central Park as a longitudinal pattern that manages the topographical differences of the big site while at the same time generates different spaces for different activities. Materials follow the basic criteria of maximum ecological adequacy and minimum energy and water waste.
EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH (PRINCIPAL); ALEIX ANTILLACH, ANGELICA FLORIDDIA, RITA PACHECO (ARCHITECTS), JULIANA BRACCHI, MAGALI LAMOUREUX (ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS) MODELS EMBA_ELOI HORTONEDA RENDERS EMBA, RUPERT MAURUS
PRIZES SHORTLISTED PREMIS D’ARQUITECTURA DE LES COMARQUES DE GIRONA, 2007
LOCATION GIRONA, SPAIN DEVELOPER DEPARTAMENT D’ENSENYAMENT, CATALAN GOVERMENT – GISA AREA BUILDING 4.329 M2; LANDSCAPING 12.431 M2 BUDGET 5.700.000EUR YEARS 2003-2006
The site for this large high school is on the border between a consolidated area to the north and a very recent residential development still under consolidation. The design recognizes this situation placing the building in the highest point of the site, constructing the whole of its longest side and placing the main entrance also open to the south. Its public character and its role as an urban milestone are thus reinforced.
Typologically the building is based on a compact layout with spaces on both sides of a central corridor. This basic layout is broken at certain points to connect the corridor with the outside and let light in, creating spaces that double as meeting areas. The main entrance is a major disruption of the basic layout, also morphologically, in a way that is capable of connecting the street outside with the green areas inside.
The position of the building allows for an optimal orientation of the classrooms on the north side, enjoying a smooth, regular light, with no need of screens or solar protections. To the south the spaces that have short-time occupancy, such as labs or meeting rooms, are placed. These spaces have fixed metal screens on the outside for glare and solar control, and they vary according to the size and use of the rooms inside. Some singular spaces, like the library, dining room or the drawing class, have two façades in order to improve their use with natural light.
EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, CHIEF PRINCIPAL; MARC RIFÀ-ROVIRA, (PROJECT DIRECTOR); MINORU SUZUKI, CORNELIA MEMM, KARMELE REKONDO (ARCHITECTS) CONSULTANTS JORDI PI (STRUCTURAL DESIGN), JOAN GONZÀLEZ (FACILITIES DESIGN); XAVIER AUMEDES (QUANTITY SURVEYOR); BSB-JESÚS BASSOLS (EXECUTION DIRECTOR) CONSTRUCTION FCC – FOMENTO DE CONSTRUCCIONES Y CONTRATAS CARLOS PÉREZ-MAÑANET PHOTOGRAPHY PAU GUERRERO, ALEIX BAGUÉ
LOCATION ANDORRA LA VELLA, ANDORRA DEVELOPER SÍNDIC GENERAL, ANDORRA GOVERMENT AREA 6.400 M2 BUDGET 15.506.112EUR YEAR 2002
The location of the new building of the New Parliament of Andorra is an abrupt cliff that opens towards the landscape of the valley. Our design is based on this mineral condition to define a set of volumes protruding like crystals from rock wall. We associate size and shape with civic symbolic value, so the Main Hall of the Council, as the ultimate expression of democratic principles, gets prominence and organizes the rest of the ensemble.
The rest of the program is strategically located to achieve a continuity with the domestic scale of the immediate urban surroundings. Materially we relate the New Parliament with the Old Council, using slate and glass as the only material for both roofs and façades, placed in horizontal slabs. The wooden interior of the Main Hall is organized around a large skylight with three spikes that direct light to each possible partition of this space.
EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, ANTONI GUILLAMÓN, PRINCIPALS; ALEIX ANTILLACH, SANJA BELLI, MARC RIFÀ, VERA SCHMIDT , MINORU SUZUKI (ARCHITECTS); PER MEJER (ARCHITECTURE STUDENT)
LOCATION CARCASSONNE, FRANCE DEVELOPER CITY COUNCIL OF CARCASSONNE AREA 20.500 M2 BUDGET 3.851.000EUR YEARS 2003-2007
This big space, over 2 hectares in size, is the main entrance to the city of Carcassonne and the connection point between the Bastide, as it is known, and the medieval city founded in 1248 on the other side of the Aude River. The Bastide, as the Renaissance center is known, is the actual center of Carcassonne, housing all the representative buildings and most of the population of the city. The symbolic significance of this square lies not only on its position, but specially on the four rows of plane trees over 120 years old that set the scale of this large space.
Square Gambetta was nothing more than a roundabout with heavy traffic surrounding it when we started its transformation. The central space had been neglected for many years, detached from the activity of the city. Our proposal is simple and radical: clean all the space of added elements, reconnect the square with the city and its fluxes, and devolve the importance and significance that the ancient plane trees deserve.
Our design pedestrianizes one of the sides of the square in order to bring it right to the limits of the Bastide. This happens to be the most representative elevation of the piazza, including the Municipal Museum and the Treasury. Despite the formality and urban quality of these buildings, the character of Square Gambetta is ambiguous in nature, being at the same time an out-of-city promenade and an urban piazza.
This very ambiguity originates the main design feature of our proposal, EMBA’s purpose-designed pavement that ranges from 100% mineral to 100% vegetal. Thanks to this pavement and to subtle manipulations of the original topography this big, single space can be used in different, spontaneous ways that enliven the whole area.
EMBA: ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, MÀRIUS QUINTANA (PRINCIPALS ARCHITECTS); ALEIX ANTILLACH, HUBERT GILLIS (ARCHITECTS) CONSULTANTS: BET FIGUERAS (LANDSCAPE DESIGN); GUILHEM ARCHITECTES – ALBÍ (ARCHITECTS); TECHNIQUE ET COORDINATION (QUANTITY SURVEYORS); BEFS INGÉNIERIE (STRUCTURE AND FACILITIES)
LOCATION DORNBIRN, AUSTRIA PROMOTOR WIRTSCHAFTSFÖRDERUNGSINSTITUT, STATE OF AUSTRIA AREA EXTENSION 8.129 M2; REHABILITATION 756M2; PARKING 5.176M2 BUDGET 7.212.000EUR YEARS 2002
The complexity and heterogeneity of the site reflects its chaotic process of growth. Despite the fact that it is located in the town center of Dornbirn, it is not capable of clearly establishing architecturally the civic and social representativeness that this institution plays in the city. The proposed extension, with the acquisition of the adjacent angle building of the Trapezhaus, is an excellent opportunity to reverse this situation, creating a long, new façade along the main street connecting with the station.
Our design creates a series of interrelated volumes in a unified scheme, giving response to the requirements of the brief. The unit of the ensemble is assured by the coherent and consistent material qualities of this scheme. As ever, we consider the continuity of urban space in a city like Dornbirn a critical issue. Given the large area called for in the brief, we configure the building in such a way that it creates two interconnected squares: the open and representative access piazza, and a second square of smaller scale as a natural outdoors extension of the cafeteria.
EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, MARTIN HÄUSLER, PRINCIPALS; VERA SCHMIDT, MARC RIFÀ, ALEIX ANTILLACH, MINORU SUZUKI (ARCHITECTS); ARANTXA MANRIQUE (ARCHITECTURE STUDENT)
LOCATION SANT CUGAT DEL VALLÈS, BARCELONA, SPAIN DEVELOPER HINES ESPAÑA AREA OFFICES 31.695 M2; HOTEL 4.000 M2; COMMERCIAL 1.680 M2; UNDERGROUND PARKING 10.000 M2; URBANIZATION & LANDSCAPE 50.149 M2 BUDGET 52.520.000EUR YEAR 2004
The developer wanted to create an innovative business park that could implement state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and that could be marketed is a very open and flexible way, almost custom-built to order. Our solution to achieve an open-ended composition while at the same time controlling the formal result of the ensemble was to propose a modular structural and commercial unit 5 m wide, 20 m deep and 5 floors high that can be combined in several ways to achieve the desired rent5al area.
In terms of sustainability, our proposal for this Business Ecopak is an integral concept that relates the ensemble of new uses with its green surroundings, with the new working standards and lifestyle, and with the current environmental and efficiency concerns of our society. Hence the concept of BUSINESS GARDENS, based on the classical model of Hortus conclusus garden, a rational organization of its various elements with the ability to adapt to changes.
For the southwest façade we propose a protection of vertical sun screen louvers, forming a secondary facade in front of the real facade. These solar protections are further enhanced by the use of various plant types that grow among them, watered by a controlled automatic system. South facades are used as collectors of solar radiation, later incorporated in the cooling and heating system of the ensemble, and for adverts of the companies taking advantage of their prominent visibility from the highway.
EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; ALEIX ANTILLACH, MARC RIFÀ (ARCHITECTS); ANGELICA FLORIDDIA, JANA ALONSO, KARMELE REKONDO (ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS) CONSULTANTS XAVIER AUMEDES – AUMEDES&EMBUENA (CIVIL ENGINEERING); ROSER VIVES (AGRONOMIST) RENDERS EMBA, RUPERT MAURUS
LOCATION GETXO, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN DEVELOPER CITY COUNCIL OF GETXO AREA SITE 23.425 M2; MIXED-USE BUILDING 3.000 M2; 420 PARKING SPACES 7.764 M2 YEAR 2011
This central plaza in Getxo is currently a traffic crossing, but can become a civic hub for the town. Our design takes this opportunity to generate new urban connections and relationships, using the huge mass of the multipurpose building to modulkate them. In order to keep the scale of the place, we locate most of the volume underground, generating a new grass-covered roofscape that can become a new public space with qualities differentiated from those of the street level.
A new urban screen is placed on-site as an information device that can be activated by mobile phones, thus becoming an interactive attraction that adds to the centrality of the plaza. Temporary uses of the place are further encouraged by the design of the pavement and the public lighting, which become a background against which the civic dynamism of Getxo is expressed by its changing condition throughout the year.
TEAM EMBA+ CIUTATCITY: ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, ANGEL MORUA, PRINCIPALS; JON AJÁNGUIZ, JULIANA BRACCHI, INMA RODRÍGUEZ (ARCHITECTS) MODELS EMBA_ELOI HORTONEDA RENDERS PLAYTIME
LOCATION AR RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA AREA COMMERCIAL SPACES 61.700 M2; HOTEL 39.980 M2; PARKING & LOGISTIC AREA 53.912 M2 BUDGET 80.000.000EUR YEARS 2010-ONGOING
The New Euromarché is a complete renovation of the existing building, which was the first commercial center in Riyadh, built at the end of the 1970s. Our proposal is based on the crucial condition that commercial activity has to be uninterrupted during the construction period. The final volume of the ensemble is thus related to its construction phases and to the different functions it has to host.
We locate the 5-star hotel tower on the most visible vertex of the plot in order to take advantage of the long views over the city and to landmark it as the beacon that locates Euromarché in Riyadh’s skyline. The commercial base reaches to the limits of the triangular plot and is lit by very large patios organizing the interior distribution.
The commercial center also takes advantage of the European origin of Euromarché to generate an interior layout that recalls the shopping experience in European city-centers, distinguished by mixture of uses and where public space is used as a social activator. Our design implements several sustainable strategies focused to save water and energy, and generates a roof garden on the commercial center that can be used many months of the year as a public space, meant to become an attraction in Riyadh.
TEAM UTE: EMBA +AGZ ARQ; ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, ANTONI GUILLAMÓN, CHIEF ARCHITECTS; JON AJANGUIZ (PROJECT DIRECTOR); INMA RODRÍGUEZ, LAURA GÓMEZ (ARCHITECTS) MODELS EMBA_ELOI HORTONEDA RENDERS RUPERT MAURUS
LOCATION AICHI, JAPAN DEVELOPER SEEI-SOCIEDAD ESTATAL DE EXPOSICIONES INTERNACIONALES AREA 2.430 M2 BUDGET 13.920.000EUR YEAR 2004
Unlike previous Universal Expositions, the different pavilions for the EXPO 2005 in Aichi had to be designed inside modular buildings constructed by the organization of the event, where each participating country was assigned a fixed number of modules, later to be dismantled with minimum residues at the end of the event. This way the main sustainable goals of the Expo were stressed. Along the main avenue the entrance to the pavilions was filtered by a perimeter portico, provided for by the organization as well.
Our design for the Spanish pavilion materializes the archetype of the piazza as a meeting place, a space of experiences and interchanges, capable of giving the Expo’s visitors a distinct emotional experience compared to other pavilions of the Expo. The entrance to this unified space of emotion and information was done through the portico, which in our project was reinforced as a transition space. Here a general exhibition is on show, visible from the outside, while the rest of activities meant to take place during the Expo were done inside.
The pavilion uses shapes, colors and textures usually associated with renowned or popular Spanish features. The inside is shaped by irregular honey comb cells that refer to well-known works of Spanish art and architecture: stained glass windows, decorative filigree work, modernist mosaic or lattice work of popular culture. The honey-comb cells were made of pressed paper painted gold and blood red. The exterior façades, at some points perforated to let the light in, were covered with reusable panels of black plastic filaments, shaping a hairy volume of bull associations. The restaurant and office spaces were defined with rented modular constructions that to be removed at the end of the Expo.
EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; HUG ALEMANY, MINORU SUZUKI (ARCHITECTS) CONSULTANTS SONO-GRUPPO EUPHON (AUDIOVISUAL DESIGN AND GENERAL MANAGMENT); JESÚS ALVIRA (SCREENPLAYER); JOAN SIBINA (EXHIBITION DESIGN) RENDERS RUPERT MAURUS