Movie by Pedro Kok: Fundació Vila Casas
museum by Jordi Badia


Continuing our series of architectural movies by Brazilian photographer Pedro Kok, here's a film featuring the Fundació Vila Casas museum in Barcelona by Spanish architect Jordi Badia.

More movies by Pedro Kok on Dezeen:

VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron
Galeria Adriana Varejão by Rodrigo Cerviño Lopez

Here's some more information from Jordi Badia:

Fundaciò Vila Casas / Museo Can Framis, Barcelona, Spain.
Completed 2007

The new Fundación Vila Casas museum is located in the 22@ District, an area where Barcelona City Hall has promoted a full redevelopment of a former factory/heavy industry zone by substituting premises with light service industries. It is now primarily a high-rise, heavily built-up area housing service/hi-tech industries.

With “Can Framis” we aim to play on contrasts, with a surrounding garden providing a tranquil breathing space away from the hubbub of speed and time. The mainly-paved garden will have many trees and winding paths which will embellish the cloak of ivy which already covers the environs and in the future will enshroud the building and trees.

The two buildings to be preserved have little architectural worth and are currently derelict. Their main interest lies in the contrast of their location, based on the former agricultural sketches prior to the implementation of the Cerdà plan at a level of 1.5m below the current road.
The project consists in restoring the two current factory buildings and constructing a new one which will link them, coinciding with the site of another former warehouse which - as a whole - will form a courtyard, paved with stones recovered from the former factory, which will be the main entrance to the museum.

Visitors will begin on the highest level and continuously move downwards through semi-lit areas, which will then light up to showpiece the exhibited pieces.

Wood appears copiously on window frames, staircases and between the buildings, as well as on the painting support screens, in reference to the material of the canvas frames.

Outside, the lime mortar which blends with the existing stonework merges with the exposed concrete of the new buildings. The façade then becomes a collage of textures, niches and coverings which reflect the different ups-and-downs of the building throughout time.

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  • Corrector bot

    It’s “Fundació”, not “Fundación”

  • angry catalan

    Sadly the landscaping surrounding the building has been mutilated, seemingly because the city wasn’t willing to spend any money on mantaining it (while they do take care of Nouvel’s appalling park down the street.)

    It’s a good building built on one of the few zones of 22@ where the planning is of any interest at all. Using render to unify the complex while mantaining the different textures is a very clever trick, one that I think is going to be much copied.

    off topic: if you’re translating the name then it’s the Vila Casas Foundation but why use the Spanish translation “Fundación” as a “middle man” instead of the original “Fundació”? Not that it matters at all but really, why must everything be so anomalous when the Catalans come into play… sorry about spamming you with this, though, it’s just that I found it weird.

  • John

    Fundació / Museu / by Catalan architect Jordi Badia. Make not mistake, please.

  • desde barcelona con paciencia

    ya te vale jaume!!!!!!
    deja ya el rollo catalan que no interesa a nadie, que la obra esta muy bien!!!
    enhorabuena a jordi por su trabajo, un saludo desde Barcelona