Post-truth in architecture? (044)

The unfinished Plaça d’Europa project arises from a contradiction. The objective was to provide the city of Barcelona with a more representative entrance from the airport, with towers that appear to be of tertiary use. And we say “appear to be” because many of these towers were in fact designed for residential use. This contradiction justifies the façade solution adopted in these towers. While the outer glazed façade (a stick curtain wall) creates the tertiary image, an inner brick enclosure typical of conventional construction defines an interior elevation that is more suitable for residential uses. Unfortunately, the outer skin has a glazed finish; it does not aim to take advantage of the possibilities that the glass + cavity + mass combination can provide for thermal effects such as a Trombe wall.

Plaza Europa Barcelona residential towers

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Plaza Europa 1 a 25
08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Spain
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2007
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Ph1, Ph3-9: Cristina Pardal

Ph2: Alonso y Balaguer arquitectes associats