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Student halls of residence in the Old Quarter of Barcelona

Mercè Zazurca y Codolá y Cesar Sánchez Medrano, arquitectos

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This interesting project successfully carries out a delicate intervention in the old quarter of Barcelona, where the emphasis on parts of the historic heritage coexists with a new functional distribution within the context of an extensive and complex programme.
Diversity, integration and recovery are the adjectives which define the Born district in Barcelona’s old quarter, where the new student halls of residence, Barcelona Resident, are located. This rehabilitation project, which was promoted by the Private Foundation of the Barcelona Confectioners Association and the Chocolate Museum, is located at the edge of the zone which was once known as the Ribera.
The project preserves the façades of numbers 13 and 15 of CalleTantarantana, due to their historic value, but demolishes that of number 17, the lateral façade of Pons iClerch Plaza and the rear façade which gives on to the courtyard of the workshop and museum. The new volume is articulated by means of a plant-decorated façade-gallery which forms a link between the residence building and the rest of the block’s existing buildings. This south-facing nexus provides shade due to the façade itself being located behind the layer of plants.
The ground floor contains the two entrances and vertical transport nodes, one for the student residence and one for the school area which the courtyard of the museum and workshop gives onto. This floor also holds two large areas which belong to the school, the assembly hall and the break room, the latter located in an old courtyard which used to join the two cloisters of the San Agustín convent. These two spaces, which make up 80% of this floor’s surface area, can be used for different activities by the school or the Chocolate Museum of the Confectioners Association. On the first floor one finds the professors’ quarters, as well as the residence’s common areas. The three remaining floors are dedicated to bedrooms, which are adapted to the façade’s existing niches.



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Localización Location: Barcelona. Spain. Promotor Developer: Fundación privada del Gremio de Pasteleros de Barcelona y Museo del Chocolate. Autores Authors: Mercè Zazurca i Codolà (arquitecta), César Sánchez Medrano (arquitecte)- Estudio de Arquitectura y Interiorismo Mercè Zazurca i Codolà: Teresa Simó Marfà (aparejadora), Maria Lluch Bosch (interiorismo), Mireia Muntañola Badosa (arquitectura). Colaboradores Collaborators: Joan Francesc Garcia Beltran (Estructures). Ardèvols Consultors i Associats: Àlex Moreno Duarte-Aparejador, Cristina Carmona-CSS. Veclus (Estudio histórico). Gabinete del Color. Project Manager: Enric Betlinski, Ignasi Rius. Ingenieros Engineers : Valeri Consultors associats, Construccia Instalaciones. Constructor Contractors: Urcotex. Instaladores Instaladores: Construcia Instalaciones. Fotografía Photography: Estudio de Arquitectura y Interiorismo Mercè Zazurca i Codolà.
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