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Comprehensive Refurbishment of the Diagonal 640 Office Building

Jordi Badia, arquitecto

FAD Awards finalist 2014  Interior Design
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An intervention on a practically contemporary existing piece of architecture achieved through respect, sensitivity and intelligence, capable of endowing the building with new attribute and atmospheres. A new image and new content that enhance interest in the original building. The reform will be used as an opportunity to efficiently manage the energy charges and sustainability of the ensemble.

This intervention, undertaken on the existing architecture of virtually contemporary characteristics built in the 1990s by the architects Tous and Fargas, involves the comprehensive refurbishment of the building to improve its energy efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, obtain LEED certification and update its public image.

The project strategy consists of recognising the existing values such as the great central hall, one of the largest in the city, its covered plaza concept with its great glass ceiling, the panoramic lifts or the triangular ground plan. It involved the systematic elimination of the elements added in recent times to achieve open-plan, luminous and more convenient spaces.

Part of the project’s global strategy is the new construction of the awning, an architectural element of large dimensions that, like a great urban canopy, seeks to become an intervention model that will lead to improving the quality of the public space in this sector of Diagonal Avenue in Barcelona.

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Localización Location: Diagonal 640, Barcelona. Spain. Promotor Promotor: DEKA Immobilien Cristalia. Project Manager: Jordi Cuadras, BOVIS Lend Lease. Autor Author: Jordi Badia, arquitecto. Colaboradores Collaborators: Jordi Framis, Merce Mundet, Jaime Batlle, Ismael Heras, Mireia Monras, Eva Damia, Mariona Guardia, Aleix Arcarons, Eva Jimenez, Enric Navarro, Andrea Salvador, Ivan Lorite, Zoi Casimiro, Xavier Gracia, Gonzalo Heredia, Laura Sanchis Director de obra Site director : Jordi Badia, arquitecto. Director de ejecución Execution Direction: Xavier Ferran, Bovis Lend Lease. Coordinador de seguridad y salud Health & Safety coordinator: Enric Pardo, Bovis Lend Lease . Constructor Constructor: G56 Construcción, Imtech, Inbisa construcción (Byco, SA), Sades de electrificaciones y suministros. Jefe de obra Site Surveyor: Angel Jimenez G56, José Mª Roca Imtech, Manuel Rosado Inbisa, Agustí Haro Sades. Gestión del edificio y los usuarios durante el proceso de obra Managing the building and the users during the works process: CBRE. Fotografía Photography: Pedro Pegenaute, Manfred Zentsch, Joan Massagué
Jordi Badía
Pedro Pegenaute