batlle i roig arquitectes: can bisa social housing
batlle i roig arquitectes: can bisa social housing batlle i roig arquitectes: can bisa social housing
sep 24, 2012

batlle i roig arquitectes: can bisa social housing

‘can bisa social housing’ by batlle i roig arquitectes, barcelona, spain image © andres flajszer all images courtesy of batlle i roig arquitectes

spanish practice batlle i roig arquitectes have renovated a 19th-century mansion into a social housing block on the riera de cabrils watercourse in barcelona. its location appealed to the city council to convert it into a cultural center with multi-family housing, but the idea quickly became infeasible with the amount of space available, allocating the public auditorium, bar and meeting rooms on the ground floor and residences above.

the dwellings are housed within two volumes in the shape of an L whose widths reflect the dimensions of the streets and wrap around a courtyard space between the original estate and the added structure. the facade extends the vernacular of the manor, both of which contain a white stucco finish, with a single sloping roof that grows as it makes its way further from the historical focal point. hand-made ceramic planters by carme balada are spread throughout the exterior circulation to organize different areas of the complex. part of the demolished factory was left intact in one of the facades as homage to its historical origins.

street-side elevation image © andres flajszer

view from courtyard image © andres flajszer

middle space between housing block and mansion image © andres flajszer

image © andres flajszer

(left) ceramic planters present throughout the exterior spaces (right) a portion of the original factory’s facade is preserved image © andres flajszer

corner entry image © andres flajszer

image © andres flajszer

perforated metal shutters image © andres flajszer

housing block and mansion image © andres flajszer

approach from a park image © andres flajszer

image © andres flajszer

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level -1








  • The images are compelling…perhaps due to their sun-bleached cliché, but the overall presentation is difficult to read, therefore engage…reducing this piece to basic eye candy with the pretense of serious architecture. Also, our profession needs to get over its pre-occupation with photos of empty, post apocalyptic building documentation.

    Chaszr says:
  • can bisa > can abis > social housing ?

    crap lui says:

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