ESPAIS, CATALUNYA INVERSIONS IMMOBILIÀRIES, S.L.
The aim of the project is the construction of two 15-storey apartment buildings located in Plaça Europa in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona), with 76 dwellings per tower, plus ground floor shop units and a car park. Although the proposal is for buildings with a square base, the rigidity of this shape is softened by the slight perimetral curvature. The interplay of convex and concave radii emphasises the corners and responds to the distribution requirements. The buildings have a double skin to create a strip of terrace which provides a margin that allows for all the openings each apartment requires without these being visible from the exterior, thus achieving a more homogenous external image, more closely resembling an office building than an apartment building. Furthermore, this second skin also responds to the orientations of the building: the interior skin adheres to the second skin on the north-east and north-west facades, creating more useful space inside the apartments, while on the south-east and south-west facades, this margin becomes a terrace, which is widest on the southern corner. The geometry of the building allows for greater width on the corners, giving the apartments greater spatial quality in the day rooms. The exterior skin consists of a combination of strips of perforated polished stainless-steel sheet of different sizes, arranged horizontally. The buildings thus create an interplay of reflections of themselves and of the surroundings.