Civil center + offices, Barcelona

This exercise was to develop an architectural project, focused on structural design, of a large multi-purpose building (10,000 m2). Based on three volumes of different sizes and uses (civic center, showroom and offices), the main condition was to dispose the lower volumes in 30º angle relation between them, while both connected with the higher volume.

It is worked on the architectural and structural design at the same time. Once the final solution was defined, it was proceeded to global structural analysis and pre-dimensioning of most significant structural elements. The relationship between volumes, the angle, different sizes and weights, presents problems with structural and expansion joints. The glazed inner courtyard, where circulations are supported, helps to solve these problems in a consistent manner.

Structural analysis program used is Autodesk Robot. The sample dimensioning is handmade.

Project (2010)
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