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Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Spain Architecture News - Feb 4, 2020 - 14:57   4842 views

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Arquitectura Anna Noguera studio has completed the Turó de la Peira's Sports Center and layout of the interior urban block in Barcelona, Spain

The studio implemented a green-filled lattice system as the envelope of the building to help avoid thermal loss inside. In 2014 the Barcelona City Council held an architectural competition for the landscape planning of an interior urban block and a sports facility consisting of an indoor heated swimming pool and a sports court.

The winning proposal was valued for its landscape integration of a singular greened building in an interior urban block and its commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment.

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Preexisting Conditions, a Harsh and Desolate Urban Environment

Turó de la Peira Quarter is characterized by the abundance of low-cost social housing from the '60s and a high density of buildings. A district with a lack of green areas and a shortage of public facilities.

The urban environment before the intervention was an unstructured space consisting of a sum of residual spaces. A space occupied by a sports court tucked between neighbouring buildings, a pool of obsolete facilities. An urban landscape of hard pavement, concrete walls and total absence of vegetation.

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Urban Regeneration with a Green Infrastructure

The concentration of the two facilities in a single building allowed to free space to create a new garden. A space of permeable surfaces, where the unleveled slopes are bridged with green slopes. A place of social relationship, a preamble to the new facility. A garden that provides quality of life and serves as a support of biodiversity.

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Volumetric Integration, the Building is One Further Element of the Garden

The new facility is composed of the overlap of two large spaces; a Heated swimming pool on the ground floor and sports court on the upper floor.

The building is placed half-buried, adapting to the topography and bridging the difference in level between the two streets. The facade to Sant Isle Street has an urban character, with a corner porch that extends the sidewalk and invites us to enter.

The building minimizes its impact on the garden with a green gallery that surrounds it. The volume is one more element of the garden, not mimicking but dialoguing with it.

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Naturalize Interior Spaces

The proposal places special emphasis on the perceptions that the space transmits to the user. The natural lighting, the vegetation and the use of wood provide a warm atmosphere, away from the coldness of other similar facilities.

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Energy Efficiency and Self-Sufficiency

Passive Architecture

The design of the building has been carried out with passive architecture criteria. The compact and embedded volume in the ground minimizes the façade surface avoiding thermal losses. The climatic conditioning and ventilation of the court take place exclusively with natural systems. 24 skylights and lateral windows monitored by sensors, ensure proper cross-ventilation and lighting.

The thermal insulation of the whole enclosure has been selectively treated according to solar orientation. 

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Use of High-Efficiency Systems:

The building has an aerothermal system that allows the recovery of heat for the production of hot water.

Renewable Energy Production:

The photovoltaic panels occupy the entire roof deck and generate 95.534 kWh per year.

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Construction Systems and Materials Sustainability:

The studio used 100% Prefabricated Laminated Wood Structure. The excellent characteristics of the wood concerning its lifecycle were one of the reasons for choosing the prefabricated system in laminated wood. It was also assessed its good mechanical performance, its adequacy to the environment of the pool, its lightness and consequent savings in the foundations and its short construction time (8 weeks).

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Green Facade:

A green gallery surrounds the building protecting it from the sun and creating a bioclimatic space. The plantation system is hydroponic, chosen for its lightness, the durability of the substrate, the capacity of water retention and ease of installation. From the court, the entire green facade is perceived through the curtain wall, enjoying its flowering changes according to the time of the year.

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Water Recycling:

A large tank located in the basement collects the water from the roof for recycling and use for the entire irrigation of the green facade through a hydroponic system. In the garden’s site development, draining strips at the bottom of the slopes collect rainwater to return it to the water table.

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Interior urban block garden and ground floor plan

Arquitectura Anna Noguera completes Turó de la Peira's Sports Center with green lattice system

Longitudinal cross section

Project facts

Address: Sant Isle Street 50-54 08031 Barcelona - Spain 

Construction Time Frame: 2016-2018 

Floor Area: 4.430 m2  Building + 3.952 m2 Landscaping 

Owner: BIMSA, Institut Barcelona Esports (IBE), Ajuntament  de  Barcelona 

Architects: Anna Noguera, Javier Fernandez

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