archikubik, restoration and reconversión of Rei Martí water deposit
Photos: Adrià Goula
In Barcelona’s Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, close to Antoni Gaudí’s Torre Bellesguard, is this water storage deposit built at the end of the 19th century. Located beneath a pinewood, the underground premises were accidentally rediscovered in the late 1990s, when some dwellings went up in the adjacent lot. The local firm archikubik – Marc Chalamanch, Miquel Lacasta, and Carmen Santana – was commissioned to refurbish the place and turn it into a 600-squre-meter cultural facility. The intervention respects the original structure of pillars and arches set 3.5 meters apart, the brick vaults of Catalan tradition, and the marks of time, water, and lime, which the lighting emphasizes. On the other hand, the perimeter walls and the floors are clad with wood, a material which facilitates acoustic control of the multipurpose space. The main accessway acts as an exterior foyer and the square negotiates the grade difference between the street and the deposit by means of large concrete walls.
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