19 unit housing block in Barcelona
|Site||Travessera de Gràcia. Barcelona|
|Built area||2.723,26 m2|
|Technitian||Celesti Ventura, Marta de Olano|
|Structure engineer||Joan Carles Capilla|
This 19 unit building is located in the corner of two streets of different width. The planning regulations in Gracia relate the permitted height on every street to its width, which means this corner site had two different height restrictions. A joint effort with the planning authorities in reviewing the regulations, resulted in an overall height of ground floor and five storeys for the whole site.
Once the maximum height was established, the perimeter of the building was shaped in order to improve the relationship between the new and the existing buildings. The result is a very articulate building where cantilevered parts of the building are combined with setbacks of the upper levels.
This modelling technique is carried through the whole façade, from the overhanging rooms on Travessera de Gracia to the balconies along Joaquim Ruyra St, which are set back from the site boundary in order to meet the neighbouring building and by doing so widening the street visually.