RCR architects. Library in Barcelona

Jul 26th 2010
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On April 2010 we were in Barcelona visiting the transformation of a city block of the Cerda enlargement, RCR Architects (Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta) converted a former factory of candies in a library, a residence of elders and an interior garden.

The library Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver is placed beside the Market of Sant Antoni, in the interior of the city block limited by the street of Manso, the round of Sant Pau and the streets of the Parlament and Borrell.

In the video below you can see our trip for the building, a volume that is configured as door that opens the interior of the city block, divided into two pieces that are attached to the party wall and another two pieces that cross the resulting emptiness as bridges. Internally, the double heights and empty spaces offer crossed visions among the floors and on the street and the interior of the city block. If you want to see plans and sketch push HERE.

RCR I. Biblioteca S. Antoni from edicions espontaneas on Vimeo.

Reclaiming the inner patio of the city block for public use, one perceives the wealth of the proposal of Cerda extension. Few city blocks have been opened as he was proposed, but those that can be visited, without having the continuity that would allow crossing the city as a pedestrian from one to another one, they are green spaces of silence and playgrounds like this designing by RCR.
The library is developed in height and closes the cornice of the city block front. The elderly centre extends along one side of the interior patio, like a mud wall that allows generating covered sections of shade and seat close to the entrance of the elderly centre. The elderly centre is a large an small block divided by patios, that allow giving light and more rest to the internal spaces.

RCR. Centro de Maiores S. Antoni from edicions espontaneas on Vimeo.

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RCR architects. Library in Barcelona

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