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Born Culture Centre

Enric Sòria y Rafael Cáceres, arquitectos y museografía e interiorismo, Dani Freixes, arquitecto

FAD Awards finalist 2014  Architecture
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Various vicissitudes more typical of history than of architecture frame the lengthy and complex process of rehabilitating the old Born Market, which has gone from an intended Provincial Library to a Culture Centre without this having reduced the architectural value of the final result.

The Market of El Born, an emblematic example of 19th-century industrial architecture, was designed in 1874 and finished in 1876, when it assumed the functions of the city’s central market until the year 1977. In 1998 the initiative to build the Provincial Library of Barcelona entailed the excavation of the subsoil, which uncovered the remains of the city destroyed as a consequence of the War of Succession (1714). Subsequently Heritage decided to conserve this archaeological site and finally, in the year 2004, it was decided to transform the old Born market into a Culture Centre for the interpretation of Barcelona’s modern history.

To meet this purpose, the coexistence of the Market with the site was approached as the sum of instances of different historic moments and events, with the primary objective of the intervention being the functional recovery of a complex organism while maintaining consistency with its historical and formal reality. Thus the interior space of the old market is configured as an indoor plaza, a protected space that can be crossed, with the functional programme being the cultural offering not so much of a 19th-century market but of a 21st-century agora.

The project achieves these objectives by adapting its geometric, material and constructional essence to the criteria of the existing architectural ensemble, avoiding any foreign or aggressive formal characterisation of its spaces. In this regard, consistent with the structure of the old market, the ensemble of central spaces is left open and usable like a covered square, an extensive vantage point over the 18th and 19th centuries.

The intervention, in terms of interior design and museography, has successfully sought to introduce its functional programme and make it compatible with the architecture within the framework of a series of premises expressed by the author:

“The Born had to be a monument of iron architecture, but not only a monument.
The Born had to be an archaeological site of historical importance, but not only a site.
The Born had to be a civic centre, with programmes of activities for the city, but not only a civic centre.
The Born had to be a museum in which to display the pieces found in the site, but not only a museum.
The project had to meet and balance all of these needs while respecting and enhancing the architecture.”

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Localización Location: Barcelona. Spain. Autores Authors: Enric Sòria y Rafael Cáceres, arquitectos. Promotor Promotor: Institudo de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona. Gestión Management: Bimsa. Direccion de obra Site director: Enric Sòria arq. Colaboradores Collaborators: Simone Brusaferri, Marcos Ruiz de Clavijo, Montserrat Esquerdo, arquitectos. Aparejadores Technical Architecs: Javier Pazos, Joaquim Pamies. Estructuras Structures: Ramon Ferrando, arq. de 2BMFG . Instalaciones Installations: Amaya Arizmendi / Ingrid Cardelús arq.s . Instalaciones especiales Specials Installations: Xavier Gotzens (Project Xpress). Constructor Contractor: Copisa (trabajos previos), UTE Sapic-Tau (restauracion y arquitectura interior). Superficies Area: 15300 m2. Presupuesto Budget: 29.420.811,69 €. Año proyecto Project date: 2004-2011. Ejecución Completion: 2005-2012. Museografía e interiorismo Museografía and Interior design: Varis Arquitectes-Dani Freixes,Eulàlia González y Vicenç Bou, arquitectos con Bopba- Josep Bohigas, Iñaki Baquero, Fransec Pla, arquitectos. Ejecución Museografía Completion Museografía : Enero 2010 - Septiembre 2013. Colaboradores Collaborators: Producción soportes museograficos y Equipamientos audiovisuales: Sapic-Croquis-Euphon UTE. Iluminación Lighting: Com-Led. Maquetismo Models: Susana Canals, Grau Alcazar, Fab-Lab Bcn-Iaac. Diseño gráfico exposición permanente Diseño gráfico exposición permanente: Marta Llinàs / Valeria Dubin (Estudi Canó). Diseño gráfico corporativo y señalización Diseño gráfico corporativo y señalización: Dani Navarro (Forma & Co). Producciones y realización audiovisual Producciones y realización audiovisual: Àlex Segura / Eva Tuneu / Jordi Moliner / Jorge Redondo / Pep Anglí (Avalon Media), Manu Balaguer / Joan Mallarach (Full Screen), Lourdes Móstoles (Sono), Laura Mainader, Hug Cirici, Joel Lozano. Coordinación de producciones y contenidos audiovisuales Coordinación de producciones y contenidos audiovisuales: Pep Anglí. Diseño tienda Store design: Jorge Pérez. Aparejador edículos Aparejador edículos: Javier Pazos. Fotografía Photography: Mihail Moldoveanu y Luis Casals
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Rehabilitación de Cubierta: Teules 2001
Ascensores: Ascensores Ersce, S.A.
Pavimento Cerámico: La Comercial Ceramista Gaya Hnos,
Pintura: Muraltec,
Pavimentos de Tarima de elondo, Linoleum Forbo y falsos techos Termochip: Revestimientos y Parquets, S.L.U

Dani Freixes
Enric Sòria
Rafael Cáceres
Lluis Casals
Mihail Moldoveanu