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Three stations on Line 9 of Barcelona Metro

Jordi Garcès, Daría de Seta y Anna Bonet

FAD Award   Interior Design
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What was impressive was the recognition and intelligence in reading what was there before, as if it had been an archaeological site. It is a modern ruin that is worked in an almost museological or scenic manner. The choices made for the lighting, the location of the controls, the signage, the acoustic panels and the incoming natural light make the interiors extremely noble-looking. The three metro stations seem to have arrived from a post-apocalyptic scenario in which the surfaces acquire a pictorial character thanks to the effect of the light and shadow produced on the textures of the surfaces. Value should consequently be given to the control of the scale and the minimal and effective gestures that make this project so emblematic.

The joint project for the Europa-Fira, ParcLogístic and Mercabarna stations on Line 9 of Barcelona Metro pointed towards a proposal that, with a minimum of financial means, would make the absolute most of the conditions inherent to an underground construction.

The aim was to achieve a more geological than built space, following the classic strategic logic of viewing “place” as the fundamental term in resolving any architectural programme. It was thus proposed to use the least possible number of materials, preferably using those that were already present in the civil-structural site such as retaining walls, constructional mainstays, prefab forgings, etc.

This means that the materials intervening in the building works are: the exposed concrete forgings, the exposed installations, the large panels made from acoustic material attached to the forgings, the retaining walls which, owing to their very irregularity, will be protected from the actions of graffiti artists, the sheet metal cladding, the porcelain tile floors, the industrial-artistic lighting that adopts a variety of shapes, the metallic handrails and glass lifts, the prefabricated benches and furniture typical of the TMB, the municipal authority that manages the Metro.

Another basic point in this project’s argument revolves around the demand included in the programme, which made it mandatory to physically close off access to the tracks from the platforms. This limitation has here been integrated as a positive and fundamental element in the general formal composition of the proposal. The enclosure is total, in such a way that the project itself also becomes a compositional façade exercise. Total façades that sought total dominance of the architectural sections. In short, a strategy that aims to control the spaces: accesses, vestibules, platforms and railway premises.

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Localización Location: L9, Metro de Barcelona. Spain. Autores Authors: Jordi Garcès, Daría de Seta y Anna Bonet, arquitectos (Garcés-de Seta-Bonet arquitectes) y Tec4 Enginyers Consultors, ingenieros. Promotor Developer: Gisa, Gestió de Infraestructures S.A. Año proyecto Project date: 2008. Año inicio de la obra: Works start year: 2010. Año de finalización de la obra: Works completion date: 2011. Superficie construida Built area: 14.766m². Fotografía Photography: Adrià Goula.
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Jordi Garcés
Anna Bonet
Sabadell, Barcelona
Daría de Seta

Adrià Goula