The building is a rectangular volume with a 282,73m2 site area. It is two storey and it has an only 43,23m frontage facing south to the Miracle road. It was built in the 60s, after the collapse of the retaining wall of the Fira Square. Previously, the building was occupied by the Senior Center, with access by the ground floor and was not having elevator. A circular volume placed on the back of the building was incorporating a spiral staircase that connected the Fira Square with the level of access to the building. This volume was getting up in the square, obstructing the scenic viewpoint placed in the trafficable roof of the building.
The project respects the original volume of the building and only the facade and interiors have been adapted. The volume corresponding to the circular spiral staircase is removed from the trafficable roof to benefit the viewpoint space in the square.
Instead of it, a new rectangular volume with staircase and elevator has been attached to the front of the building. The new vertical connections core simultaneously solves the mobility access to each of the floors and it also relates, through a weight of 14m, the level of the Fira Square with the lower area of the Miracle road, with sports area and occasional parking.
In order to provide the building with a more significance image, in the south facade windows are joined between the two stories, creating bigger holes emphasized by metal boxes giving depth and strong appearance to the facade. The windows and the new vertical connections core have a double skin consisting of metallic strips to protect the building from south solar radiation and to guarantee the privileged views to the castle and the saline valley.
With reference to the exteriors, the project clans up the base of the building with the landscaping of the slope and the conditioning of a footpath with benches and trees.
+ Project facts
Pictures: Francesc Rubí
Client: Cardona City Council
Budget: 1.238.463 €
Area: 565,46 m2