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Orfeó Martinenc and youth hostel

Jordi Romeu i Costa, arquitecto

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Jordi Romeu produces here an exercise in urban composition rooted in modernity while using an intelligent contemporary architectural language that allows him to suitably connect an aggressive build volumetry with its nearest urban surroundings.

The building is situated on a plot of small dimensions on the eastern front of Barcelona's Eixample, where it blends into the urban fabric of Sant Martí de Provençals, on the corner of Meridiana and calle Consell de Cent. In close proximity to the plot is Plaza de les Glòries, with which the volume and height proposed for the complex are better and more clearly connected if we observe the volumetry adjacent to the square in the area of 22@ and its extension along Avenida Diagonal.

As for its relationship with the route of calle Consell de Cent, the building maintains a clear vocation to start and end this stretch of the street, a situation forcefully expressed by placing the raised auditorium on the very corner of the plot and thus turning it into a visible element, the full stop to the urban perspectives.

The building addresses a double programme: on one hand, the headquarters for a century-old cultural entity, the Orfeó Martinenc (choral society of Sant Martí) and the owner of the plot, and on the other, an urban hostel with capacity for four hundred beds.

As for the programme, it was decided to functionally divide the plot into two parts, one corresponding to the volume of the Orfeó Martinenc, with a built surface space of a thousand metres square that forms part of the outline of calle Consell de Cent, and the other one, the blind body containing the auditorium, situated in the top part and seeking to crown the road network, cantilevered over it in a deliberate and aggressive way. The ground floor and the fully glazed mezzanine is premeditatedly connected to the street and invites us to see and view the entity as an integral part of the district in which it stands.

The hostel constitutes a tall, banner-shaped volume, formally differentiated from the Orfeó through a disparate treatment of materials and compositional systems. Its height allows it to form part and to spatially connect to the neighbouring Plaza de les Glòries, thus improving the spatial and architectural whole of its urban environment. This super-elevation of the hostel building has allowed both the bar terrace and the rooms to be situated in such a way as to enjoy privileged views of Barcelona and its maritime façade.

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Emplazamiento: Avenida Meridiana. Barcelona. Autor: Jordi Romeu i Costa, arquitecto. Colaboradores: Manuel Rubio, Arturo Van Den Eynde, Julia Bueno, Marta Costa, Anna Terrón, arquitectos, y Marta Turmo, aparejadora. Estructura: BOMA. Robert Brufau y Rodrigo Martín. Ingeniería: DEBID Disseny i Enginyeria. Aparejador: Vicente Martín. Project Manager: Marcel Fontanillas. Constructor: Lunamaya. Promotor: Fundació Orfeó Martinenc y Rosa dels Vents. Fotografía: Jordi Tost.
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Estructura metálica: EG Metal
Forjados colaborantes y subbases: Pavi4
Aislamiento estructura metálica: Argos Gestión
Instalaciones: Obrelsa
Conductos: Air Quatro
Ascensores: Fain Elevadors
Seguridad colectiva: Seguridad Basic
Paneles móviles: Notson Acústica
Ingeniería acústica: Audioscan
Pladur: Manobanda
Perforaciones hormigón: Hormigo-corte
Revestimientos cerámicos: Puzzle Cerámica
Aluminio: Cerbiplà
Cubiertas y depósitos: Atimper
Literas y taquillas: Limba
Moqueta: MCD Grup
Fachada paneles composite: Industrias Grafer
Fachada fonoabsorbente: Fachadas Acústicas
Aislamiento proyectado: Plasfi Aillaments
Equipamiento audiovisual: Sat Service
Iluminación espectacular: Strong (Fresnel)
Parquet industrial: Parkestil
Butacas para teatros: Ezcaray
Aspiradores industriales: Industrias Fapp
Mamparas duchas: Stildux

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