Tower in Plaça Europa in Barcelona+
The building is located within the Plaça Europa residential complex, which gives back to the city of L’Hospitalet an old industrial site characterized by its proximity to the main axis of vehicular traffic between Barcelona and the airport, that is, the Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, as it goes by this municipality.
Situated within an urban plan based on high-rise construction and green public spaces, the plot assigned to the project nevertheless has a peripheral position, halfway between the first line of the square overlooking the sea above the highway – stretch along which it is buried -, and the city of L’Hospitalet, with which it maintains a visual connection, mainly from its west and south facades.
The building takes up the northern half of a plot, whose longitudinal axis has a north-south orientation in order to free up an ample green space towards the south-east. The access by car to the building is located at the southern end of this green space.
The new building includes twenty-two floors above street level. In terms of building type it is an office tower whose slender proportions near it to a skyscraper, also because it rests on a floor plan of reduced dimensions and rises almost 100 meters high.
The structural enclosure supporting the building is formed of metal columns consisting of two platens connected by a tubular core. These elements altogether form a structural skin that, as a sort of “brise-soleil,” protects the building from direct solar impact. It is in this sense the essential element to guarantee the building’s performance in terms of efficient energy use and climate control.
Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, España