Urbanistic development and intervention on the landscape

Terrassa, Barcelona

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Outdoor spaces of the monumental complex of the Sant Pere churches

RGA Arquitectes. P.Riera, J. Sotorres, M. Batlle, B. Busom

FAD Awards finalist 2009  City and landscape
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This project sums up the complexity of the dialogue that exists between an archaeological level and another urban one while retaining a feeling of respect for the existing complex and proposing a neo-romantic image for the treatment of the paving.
The proposal is structured around a communications discourse aimed at understanding the three significant layers that form the complex: the archaeological remains found in the subsoil; the fragmentary presence of the remains belonging to the period of the Paleochristian bishopric; and the complete presence of the Romanesque phase.
Iberian, Roman and post-medieval marks and remains are found here and are shown, though in a subordinated manner, as part of the general museographic discourse. A discourse that focuses on giving as much visibility as possible to the structures that formed the earliest Episcopal period of Terrassa without erasing any of the remains of the different vicissitudes that have left their mark on the life of the complex.
This situation reveals that the principal supporting and display plane for these remains, beyond those that exist in the vertical archaeology, are concentrated at the level of the new floor, where they all coexist and form a metaphorical and diverse map that indicates the exact position of each one of them in the subsoil as well as the specific historical period to which they belonged.
This considerable complexity reflected in the paving retains its own genetic code that structures and organises it, establishing the bases for efficiency in communicating it. This code is based on different colours, textures and measures. Each colour and texture explains the particular era to which it belonged, each measure explains situation and a state so that the general flooring, which must always be archaeologically reversible, is made from different cobblestones dry-laid on a bed of silica, gradually forming the adjacent urban space and penetrating in what was once a closed and introverted space in order to incorporate it and open it up, formally and strategically, to the new post-industrial urban landscape that supports this new intervention, where the manner of recovery and valuation of the archaeological remains has something of the way in which the romantic artists recreated their images.
Evaluation of the jury
For the suggestive and wide-ranging repertoire of resources used in this space that speaks of the place where it stands, of the diversity of the people, and which avoids clichés and fashions.



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Emplazamiento: Plaza del rector Homs s/n. Terrassa, Barcelona. Autores: RGA Arquitectes. P.Riera, J. Sotorres, M. Batlle, B. Busom, arquitectos. Colaboradores: A. Busqué, V. Velázquez, arquitectos (proyecto y dirección de obra). Aparejadores: J. Sotorres, S. Murciano. Estructura: BOMA. Instalaciones: AIA Instalaciones Arquitectónicas. Museología: D. Ferran. Arqueología: F. Tuset, A. Moro, M.G. Garcia. Jardinería: J. Chueca. Coordinador: J. Fauquet. Contratista: Freyssinet. Promotor: Plan Director del Conjunto Monumental de las Iglesias de Sant Pere de Terrassa, formado por Generalitat de Catalunya, Ajuntament de Terrassa (Museu de Terrassa), Diputación de Barcelona, Obispado de Terrassa y Parroquia de Sant Pere. Fotografía: Lourdes Jansana.
Contact
Pere Riera
Barcelona
Josep Sotorres
Barcelona
Montserrat Batlle Salvaña
Barcelona
www.rga.es
Barto Busom Masjoan
Barcelona
www.rga.es
RGA Arquitectos
Barcelona