Prize Winner DETAIL Prize 2018: Civic Centre Cristalleries Planell in Barcelona
Client: Ajuntament de Barcelona (BIMSA)
Architects: Harquitectes, Sabadell (ES)
Location: Plaça de les Cristalleries Planell, 08014 Barcelona (ES)
The chimney-like roof structures may also be seen as a design reference to the former industrial use of this site. Erected in 1913, the complex served until the 1950s as a glassworks, the Cristalleries Planell. The individual solid glass blocks in brick format incorporated in the walls are also reminiscent of the former glass production that took place here.
In order to exploit the positive ventilation effect of the atrium along the south-east face even on the uppermost floor, the existing facade had to be extended upwards. The architects chose a wall of glass blocks with the same 8 cm thickness as the bricks. The blocks were laid a full storey in height on three sides and were covered at the top by a transparent membrane roof.
In its design, the new development is oriented to the rough aesthetics of the materials. The classrooms and offices have simply been painted white internally. Different internal areas of the building form a public zone with bays of contrasting brick colours in a patchwork effect that interweaves the new sections of the structure and the existing facades to create a homogeneous vintage aesthetic.