Breaking volumes at different scales (077)

The MACBA, the Film-Library, and now the new Massana school building: all of them big public buildings to be inserted into a dense, small-grain urban structure. In the case of the Massana school, the strategy is to decompose the volume into two bodies that do not even seem to be part of the same building - justifying the great hall. Each one of these bodies is at the same time composed from a series of prisms generating terraces and cantilevers over the square, in the case of the one that configures the main facade.  If we approach the detail of the facade, the ceramic coating, each one of the baguettes, seems to respond to this same strategy of decomposition of the volume looking for the fragmentation, the creation of lights and shadows.

Massana Art School

Plaça de la Gardunya, 9
08001 Barcelona Barcelona
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Ph 1-2, 4, 14 Andrés Echarri

Ph 3, 5-7, 13 Estudio Carme Pinós

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Estudio Carme Pinós