Terrassa. Barcelona

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Hotel Vapor Gran

Capella Garcia Arquitectura. Juli Capella, Miquel Garcia, arquitectos

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Terrassa is a city situated twenty kilometres from Barcelona, in the region of the Vallès Occidental. During the Industrial Revolution, the urban landscape of this town was quickly transformed, with the construction of numberless ‘vapores’ –industrial buildings erected around a vapour or steam machine that could supply energy to one or several businesses. In one way or another, Terrassa has managed to transform and recover the majority of these factories to transform them into functional facilities that are useful for the citizenry. In some cases their structures have been used and adapted for housing new functions and uses. One of these interventions is in the so-called Vapor Universitari, converted into a university and administrative centre; or the Vapor Amat – a modernist building erected between 1914 and 1917 that in 1986 was remodelled and turned into the Sala Muncunill for art exhibitions, as per a project by Francesc Bacardit. The last phase in this project is the complex of the old Vapor Gran, transformed into a new Terrassa centre where highly diverse uses share the space and enhance each other: residential, commercial, offices and leisure. The two factories conserved have been used for a shopping and leisure area as well as offices, according to a project by the Capella García Arquitectura team, which has conserved the typological, structural and formal elements of the factory and given a contemporary look to the lateral facades, which had been eliminated, with a series of new abstract, cut-back openings made from Corten steel. This is the context of the Hotel Vapor Gran, a unique new build inserted in this historic environment described above, specifically in an old textile vapour now transformed into the main commercial and business centre of the town. Its main objective was to fit into this highly particular environment defined by refurbished industrial premises and new builds.

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Emplazamiento: Terrassa, Barcelona. Autor: Capella Garcia Arquitectura. Juli Capella, Miquel Garcia, arquitectos. Responsable de proyecto: Pamela Könsgen. Diseño interior: Jordi Bieto. Cálculo de estructuras: Bis Arquitectes. Ingeniería instalaciones: Proen. Aparejador: Juanjo Collado (La Clau). Constructor: Krainer. Promotor: La Clau – Cirsa. Fotografía: Rafael Vargas.
Juli Capella
Capella Garcia Arquitectura