RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX ELS QUÍMICS
Situation: 99 Marqués Caldes de Montbui Street
Floor Area: 36.400m2
Nº Dwellings: 290
Architect: Eduard Gascón
ASsociate Architects: Carles Martí, Lupe Álvarez
Quantity Surveyor: Vicenç Galiana
Team: Mateu Subirà, Alfredo Sarrias, Josep Castillo
Structural Engineer: Cotca
Services Engineer: JSS, Engenieria y Arquitectura
Photos: Lluís Casals, Jordi Bernadó.
The tartaric acid plant – popularly called “Els Quimics” – ceased operations in 1990. In 1994, Aldo Rossi (1931-1997) proposed a main structure consisting of large collective buildings along the trace of the old factory. In the center of the main frontage is located the urban hall which includes the fireplace which through an entrance hall, opens up to the closed square.
Our proposal remains strictly faithful to the cultural legacy of Aldo Rossi. However, architectural solutions are far from resembling the Milanese architect´s work. The large fireplace continues to dominate the composition as a whole, but instead of being subsumed by the new residential building, it becomes an independent element and assumes the role of articulating the public spaces that the project generates: the promenade or urban lounge in the east-west direction, the central square and the large open courtyards at noon.
Architecture of the Girona’s Regions Award.
Housing Architecture of Catalunya Award J.A. Coderch. Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi.
Catalunya, Guia d’Arquitectura Moderna 1880-2007. COAC, Barcelona
AION 13. Firenze
X Premis d’Arquitectura de les Comarques de Girona. Girona
AV Monografias 117 – España 2006. Madrid
Vivienda Colectiva 4. ed. Pencil. Valencia