Rubí. Barcelona

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Landscape Offices in prefab concrete in Rubí

Manuel Bailo Esteve y Rosa Rull Bertran, arquitectos

FAD Awards finalist 2008  Architecture
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The current trends found in the office sectors are centring on flexible spaces understood insofar as the employee no longer has a fixed workstation in the company and that new technologies are advancing so rapidly that the office is in a state of constant change, an issue that has a direct bearing on the employees carrying out their work from different locations. These conditioning factors directly affect the interior layout of the space: the partitions used to separate rooms are mobile panels that allow them to be adapted to another layout at any given time. Equally, the case can occur where such a partition element does not even exist, thus leading us to the concept of landscape offices that, when vegetation is added, become garden offices. This has been devised to make the employee feel as good as possible in the workspace and to make the building interact with the surrounding landscape and the rest of the constructions. Outside working hours, the place becomes a space for informal encounters. In this build typology, the facades open to the outside by means of glazed enclosures that have been suitably treated to optimise sunlight and heat, allowing the user to become familiar with the surroundings without having to step outside.

The project was initially planned with its immediate surroundings in mind, together with its relationship with the city and the landscape. On a city scale, Rubí is understood as a city whose growth has been based on a geographic line formed by the riverbed and by the foothills of a small set of hills. The project stands on this line, but is not immersed in a consolidated urban terrain; rather, it stands on the point where the line gives way and becomes incorporated into the landscape. Its position is an invitation to direct one’s gaze towards the green.
On the scale of the site and the immediate surroundings, this is a plot on an industrial estate where it forms part of a row of premises. With regard to this row, the offices are situated at the end, in immediate contact with the trees and the green area. Again it reaffirms it proximity to the landscape. Considering that the project programme is for offices in the midst of an industrial estate, it was proposed to boost the surroundings through the facade elements, preventing the gaze from being confronted with the industrial premises and all the implicit activity of the estate. The aim was to direct the gaze towards the landscape.
It was proposed to work with different flat and non-flat prefab parts. The connection between these parts is what allows not only the existence of different typologies of openings but also controlling and directing the view. At the same time it differentiates one set of systems for each facade, according to the needs of each one and their proximity to the landscape. The layout of these non-flat parts on the ground plan establishes an exterior – interior relationship, incorporating small exterior spaces in the offices and extending to the central nucleus. The layout of the ground plan starts off from the nucleus that accumulates all the communal and private facilities for each office. The treatment given to this nucleus is worked as just one more part of the facade, a public part, so that the actual office space floats between two skins that, by virtue of their thickness, become filters between the interior and the exteriors and between the public and the private domain. The elements that separate the space of the different offices are not fine membranes either, but rather have the mission of providing storage space.

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Emplazamiento: Rubí. Barcelona. Autores: Manuel Bailo Esteve y Rosa Rull Bertran, arquitectos. Promotor: MTC Inversions. Fotografía: José Hevia.
Manuel Bailo
Rosa Rull