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Reform and enlargement of School 906

H ARQUITECTES. David Llorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó, arquitectos

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Simplicity, containment and common sense preside over this interesting enlargement and refurbishment exercise of a school building in Sabadell.

The school is located in the urban fabric of Sabadell centre, on a corner where two buildings aligned with the street shape a large courtyard with an underground sports hall within the city block. The project intervenes only on the older building, which holds the classrooms for the youngest children and, partially, in the exterior spaces. The fundamental strategy of the proposal consists of using up the full available building potential.

The original building had no objective heritage value but it did have some material value as an existing infrastructure as well as a double sentimental, ‘charismatic’ value as the oldest building of the school and ‘atmospheric’ value for the patina that the passage of time has given the materials (manual ceramic walls with greatly recessed joins, ceilings originally hidden behind concrete beams and ceramic vaults, etc.).

The principal interventions consist of a comprehensive interior refurbishment, a small 240-m2 enlargement added to the existing 1,200 m2, with a new south façade giving on to the courtyard as well as the creation of two new outdoor playgrounds, on the flat roof of the building and on the roof of the access to the underground sports hall and, lastly, a new entrance porch.

The southern half of the roof has a non-accessible flat roof that the project converts into a new outdoor recreational space, reinforcing the forging and adding a new flight to the existing staircase while creating a new playground for the youngest children, replacing part of the glass of the great roof light that covers the staircase leading to the underground sports hall with a new collaborating forging resting on the existing beams.



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Localización Location: Sabadell, Barcelona. Spain. Arquitectos Architects: HARQUITECTES (David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó). Colaboradores Collaborators: Blai Cabrero, Carla Piñol, Toni Jiménez. Equipo Team: BISarquitectes (estructura, fase proyecto), DSM arquitectura (estructura, fase obra), ÀBAC enginyers (ingeniería)Promotor Developer: Agrupació pedagògica Sant Nicolau. Año proyecto Project date: 2009. Ejecución Execution: 2014-2015. Superficie construida Built area: 1.677 m². Fotografía Photography: Adrià Goula
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Ricart, Josep
Sabadell, Barcelona
www.harquitectes.com
Ros, Xavier
Sabadell, Barcelona
www.harquitectes.com
Tudó, Roger
Sabadell, Barcelona
www.harquitectes.com
H Arquitectes
Sabadell, Barcelona
www.harquitectes.com
David Lorente
Sabadell, Barcelona
www.harquitectes.com
Photography
Adrià Goula
Barcelona
www.adriagoula.com