OFFICES IN PASAJE MAS DE RODA
Garcés-de Seta-Bonet Arquitectes
Geo Hidrol, Kone, AILLEM, ALUVISILES, Alta Planimetria, Apintesa, Argos Gestión, Coll Vall, Discopolymer, Francisco Javier, Lechón Gonzalez, ICESA, Ingesco, Jòdul, La Paloma cerámicas, Marmoles Oller, Massoni, Metrovidres, Montajes Industriales Barcelona, SIAC, Teknocubiertas, +1
Lompis Tour SLU
WORK EXECUTION DIRECTION
EXNOVO CONSTRUCCION TECNICA, S.L.
Alex Parella Rubio
The action refers to the area of an old factory built in 1916, which was part of the well-known "Companyia d'Indústries Agrícoles S.A." by Josep Suñol and Jaume Carner, a place popularly known as “Pasaje del Azúcar”, -or Sugar Passage-.
In accordance with the plan drawn up in 2003, which included the whole of the old factory on both sides of the road, in 2008 the former industrial buildings on the north side, with a constructed area of 4,500 m2, were converted into 29 unconventional dwellings or lofts.
Once the spaces of the former factory were rehabilitated to plan the necessary houses and basements, another 4,500 m2 planned above ground level remained unbuilt on the south side of the Passage.
With a more abstract architectural language, and without resorting to literal mimicry, the new offices create continuity with the old rehabilitated buildings in terms of mass, materiality, shape, and the repeated arrangement of the windows across the new façades.
These were the subject of the new-built office project (2019), carried out for a new developer, for which the original plan was reviewed and optimized, and the original allocated area was extended.
The office project continues the drawing of the former volumes on the other side of the Mas de Roda, so that the whole complex defines a coherent urban ecosystem with its streets and buildings that can be accessed from Calle Ramon Turró on the north side and from two points, located in front of the other, on the Pasaje Mas de Roda.
Instead of thinking of a classic building of offices grouped in a single volume, this project is based on a model similar to that of a city, as a kind of more porous avenue, for which a variety of volumes of different heights and levels have been built.
On the ground floor of the new buildings, the use of anthracite-colored exposed brick adds greater precision to the contact between the building and the street and more effectively groups together the numerous incidents that occur on this level.
The highest volume has flat roofs used as terraces, while the lower constructions are characterized by a gabled roof. This distribution allows for open and closed spaces, public or semi-public and private, to coexist flexibly like a small city within the city.
This relationship with the outside is also contemplated in the floors, with a material that extends inside the volumes, suggesting continuity.
This distribution and materiality allow the old part of the factory to be rehabilitated for housing and the newly built office part to harmoniously conserve the industrial identity of the Poblenou district.