Foros 2016: Harquitectes

Under the title “The Nature of Buildings”, the members of Harquitectes will be giving an open lecture in the framework of the Foros 2016 cycle, “Origin”, organized by UIC Barcelona School of Architecture.

In their own words, published by El Croquis: “We are interested in the behaviour of the building and its potential to supply and adapt the conditions for the envisaged and also unplanned activities. When we factor in time, the architecture ceases to be merely a building-object and becomes its behaviour. The sustainable nature of our architecture emerges from this approach.”

From left to right: David Lorente, Xavier Ros, Josep Ricart, Roger Tudó
Harquitectes is an architecture studio established in 2000 and based in Sabadell, Barcelona. It is managed by four partner architects: David Lorente Ibáñez (Granollers, 1972), Josep Ricart Ulldemolins (Cerdanyola del Vallès, 1973), Xavier Ros Majó (Sabadell, 1972) and Roger Tudó Galí (Terrassa, 1973). All of them licensed between 1998 and 2000 in the E.T.S.A. Vallès, where Josep and Roger teaches Projects and Construction subjects. Xavier also teaches Projects in the E.T.S.A. Barcelona.

Their work has received some recognitions and awards –for built works and also in ideas competitions. It also has been published in many national and international media and selected for several exhibitions. They have been invited as lecturers in many events in Europe and America. This week, they have been awarded by the XIII Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in the category “Urban planning and city landscape” with their project House 1014.

Among Harquitectes featured projects, we can find works such as:

Casa 1101

The plot, located in a residential area of Sant Cugat, near Barcelona, had enough good attributes to become the project main line. One of the main goals for Harquitectes was to achieve a close and essential relationship between the house and the garden in such a way that they both became the extension of each other.

Casa 1014

The plot is located in the historical city centre of Granollers and placed into an urban fabric of dwellings between party walls. The available space is narrow and elongated, only 6.5 m wide; and accessible from two streets. Owing to the dilapidated state of the existing building, only the main façade, reasonably well preserved offering a certain heritage value, could maintained.

Habitatges 137

The Urban Planning for ‘Plaça de l’Església’ in Granollers intends to regain the role of this square within the old part of town. The project site is the key factor for the consolidation of this centrality, due to it occupies the space that gives continuity to Barcelona Street and connects with ‘Plaça de la Porxada’. The three facades of the building become a single skin that, thank to the continuous use of the stone even in the shutters, unifies the volume and consolidates the characteristic predominance of the massive-wall facades in the old quarter.

Gym 704

They started from the following assumptions: First of all, to place the gym separately from the existing school building to avoid any kind of inconvenience in the functioning of the school during construction. To use prefabricated building systems to reduce the run time. To use both prefabricated and industrialized light systems in order to reduce the weight of the building, because the soil resistance conditions were very dubious, so that is the reason to use low embodied energy materials and, finally, to incorporate passive climate systems into the design to reduce energy consumption over the lifetime of the building. The programme of the building is defined by the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya in its “gym-multipurpose room” model for primary schools.

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This is a good opportunity to continue learning from the branches of architecture so we invite you to join us at Foros 2016:

Date: Monday, 14 March 2016 – 7 p.m.
Lecture: The Nature of Buildings, by Harquitectes
Place: UIC Barcelona School of Architecture, Aula Magna (Main Hall) – C/ Immaculada 22, Barcelona
Language: Spanish
Admission: free

Guillermo Marfà Permanyer, UIC Barcelona School of Architecture.

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