Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa
by R+B Arqts

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Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

This 16 storey tower in Barcelona completed by Spanish studio R+B Arqts contains 75 social housing units and has a facade of vertical panels and aluminium brise-soleil.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

The building's exterior reads as five sets of 10m-high stacked frames, which group sets of three storeys together and create balconies every third floor.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

The tower is one of of 26 new towers planned around the Plaça Europa, a new public square.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

In the foyer area of the building are timber-panelled walls and high ceilings.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

Photography is by Jordi Surroca.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

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Here is some more information about the project from the architects:


From 3 to 3

The tower E.I.O.5 is a project of social housing promoted by Incasol and it is located in a new central zone known as Plaça Europa (Europa Square). The Europa Square, according to Albert Viaplana’s Project, it is shaped as the last nude in Llobregat’s direction of the squares sequence that, approximately each kilometer, marking the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

The urban model of the Europa Square is a generous public space opened to each side of Gran Via which concentrates, with other buildings, 26 towers of tertiary and residential uses, public and privates, between 15 and 20 floors. Tower 5 is located in the farthest crown from the Gran Via which runs half- undergrounded. For all the buildings of this last ring, most of them public housing promoted by different clients, distribution laws in the master planning fix a maximum floor dimension of 24x24 m, as well as height in which should be located the first floor structure (slab) and the crowing point of the towers.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

The piece we had built was an object of public client’s competition in February 2005. In our proposal, rescaling the tower according to its position as a piece in the limit with the consolidate fabric of Hospitalet trying to visualize with the building a movement between Europa Square and the blocks of 5 floors that form the surrounding.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

Grouping together floors from 3 to 3, the image of the tower, perceived in some kind of cinematographic long plan, could approximate to a building of 5 floors of height. Consequently the scale of the windows, according to that law of grouping them, is also transforming in frames of 10 meters height and different thickness. In order to be more accurate, the facade and windows, this last ones with a sequential number and modulated in pieces with similar dimensions to a door (0.8 x 2,10 m), succeeding in different planes with a depth that range between 50 cm and 1,2 meter and emphasises the concept of big inverted tribunes. In each section of the tower the first floor of every serial of 3 is a balcony.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

As some of the images in a “short plane” we have done for the competition show us, this frames avoid vertigo impression because between the interior and the outside of the apartment there is always an intermediate element: balconies, jambs, or the lintels of this big holes.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

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The election of the elements for the facade’s assembly has been done paying attention to a comparative study of several constructive solutions which evaluated the origin of already recycled materials, its natural origin and the capacity for being recycled at the end of its useful life. Likewise, was also valuated the expense of fabrication energy and the recovered politics of the surplus energy generated during the production process.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

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Materially, the facade is constructed with a 8mm thick HPL pannels hanging of hidden structure of recycled aluminium perfiles. Black frames are made of 4mm thick aluminium composite panels which brings equal resistance with a lower weight per m2 to any other material with the same features. Synthetically, all materials used in the tower’s construction are 100% recyclable and specifically the ones used in the facade come from a 65% and 100% already recycled materials.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

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The tower is set in floor plan as two towers with T form circulation corridor and two scales in the extremes across the one illuminates the interior in the circulation zone. Every tower has two apartments of 69 m2 in the extremes and one of 56 m2 in the central position. Totally, the program is of 75 units.

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

Social Housing Tower in Plaza Europa by R+B Arqts

Project Name:  Social Housing Tower of 75 Units in Europa Square - E.I.O.5- Incasol - l’H - Barcelona
Project date: February 2005
Construction start: October 25th, 2007
Construction end: May 19th, 2010

Architects: José Miguel Roldán Y Mercè Berengué | Roldán + Berengué, arqts |
Collaborators:
Architecture: Vicenç Sanz | Zana Bosnic
Structure: Manuel Arguijo
Installations: Manel Comas | Javier Mateos
Technical architect: Joan Rovira i DuranPromotion type public | Sale - Incasol
Total build up area: 10.312,98 m2

Total build up area, apartment units: 7.660 m2
Apartment units: 75 units | 49 units of 3 bedrooms s.U. 69m2 | 25 units of 2 bedrooms s.u. 56m2 | 1 residence of 7 bedrooms s.u. 196m2
Commercial: 1unit s.c. 280,11m2
Parking: 82 units s.c. 2.660,65m2
Budget |PEM| 7.912.000 € | 767 €/m2
Construction company: CRC obras y servicios


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  • Dan

    Wow. If that's social housing, where do all the bankers live now?!?!

  • mik

    oh my God.it's the end

  • http://twitter.com/klauszoia @klauszoia

    The best project built in Barcelona in the last 10 (or even more) years.

  • yuc

    I am not sure if the rhythmic shift of the bays to the right and left in each floor is suitable for machine-like metal surfaces; I feel like it rather requires plastered walls, I'm not sure. The answer seems like in Richard Rogers and partners.

  • 000

    pictures of the flat interior?

  • Edward

    So, it's clearly not finished but looks like 'landscaping' brings tarmac right up to the building with a few 'stylish' droopy street lamps.. very disappointing for a building that seems to have some substance and to have created an interesting rhythm and texture in elevation..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kanemoto-Kyouhei/1521235530 Kanemoto Kyouhei

    大学のドーミトリーもこんな感じならなぁ。lol

  • chinaimport

    One residence of 7 bedrooms s.u. 196m2… and who is living there? The banker with 7 children on the highest floor? This must be the best flat in the area, I would gladly move in there for the rent they ask for.