RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
AT HISTORIC DISTRICT
PMH / 1999-2003
Santa Caterina, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
The project explores the idea of an integrating urban development aimed at assimilating the historical dynamics of the neighborhood while meeting the needs and aspirations of its people.

A study of everyday life helped establish the guidelines of the project. This allowed for a substantially improved sanitation, natural lighting, ventilation, privacy and quality of the interior space, thereby overcoming the typology of the residential neighborhood. The visuals were enhanced and controlled natural lighting was favored. This generated physical and psychological comfort in the interiors as well as connectivity and quality in the public areas.

All this underlines the willingness to respect the distinctive character of the area in its urban image and in its sociological and living environment.

Far from any historical reproduction, the intention was to capture and mimic the elements that allowed for a direct connection with the compositional themes and characteristic rhythms of the place.

Based on this idea, up-to-date interpretations of traditional elements such as the balcony or the lattice window were introduced.

In short, an interactive architecture that is able to fuse harmoniously with the rich urban fabric of Ciutat Vella was sought. To achieve this goal use has been made of a radically contemporary language that allows for the integration of variety and diversity, key qualities of the neighborhood.



PUBLICATIONS
“Habitatge Asequible i Qualitat de vida a Barcelona”
“Habitar el Presente – Vivienda en España: sociedad, ciudad, tecnología y recursos”
“Habitatge Públic a Barcelona – L’Aportació del Patronat Municipal de l’Habitatge 1991-2005”
L’Informatiu nº270
INDE February 2005
Summa+ nº71
“Memòria 2003-2004”
“La Remodelación de Ciutat Vella – Un análisis crítico del modelo Barcelona”
“Ciutat Vella, Ciutat Construïda – Promoció Ciutat Vella 1988-2002”