The project is located in the Poblenou district in Barcelona and is part of a protected industrial complex called La Harinera de Santa Eulalia. The intervention area was the warehouse part of this old factory. Its dimensions are 50m long and 10m wide and it has two facades: one facing Roc Boronat street and the other facing the inner passage of the block.
The building is developed on two floors with clearly differentiated programs: an academy and gastronomic centre on the ground floor and offices on the upper floor.
The geometry of the site is the starting point of the project and turns the longitudinal section into the main character of the intervention. The intention is to integrate and dialogue with the entire factory complex.
On the ground floor, the division into two spaces articulated by an interior patio responds to the adaptation of the project to the different programs that are developed in the building. The possibility of using one of the rooms (with independent entrances and kitchens) or both at the same time, allows great flexibility when organizing gastronomic events and workshops. The patio has a central position on the plot and interrupts the succession of volumes on the floor plan. In addition, it provides natural light to the ground floor spaces and reveals the cross section of the industrial warehouse at the heart of the project, an important detail to maintain the reading of the original volume.
The upper floor, where the offices and the urban garden are located, is a completely different reality: a set of three independent volumes connected by a wide corridor that is sometimes covered and sometimes not.
Structurally, a system of prefabricated U-shaped prestressed beams was chosen. On the ground floor, the concave face of the beams is visible, generating a sequential rhythm that feeds the industrial character of the project. The beams are supported by a metal profile joined by braces to a strong perimeter band that rests on the existing stone walls.
Regarding the aesthetics of the building, the strategy of delaying the main facades allows to establish a new architectural language free of the original patterns. In addition, it was possible to keep the protected facades intact and generate access patios or “uncovered vestibules” as transition spaces between the public and the private.