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Bachelor of Architecture

Rachel Carter-Jones

My site is located in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic, historically a centre of arts and culture. A Roman wall encloses a medieval structure that was knocked down in 1967. The proposed form follows the footprint of the once existing medieval building – completing the commercial street line. A more defined public space is created, still leaving part of the Roman wall and tower exposed.

The building is a ceramics workshop, one of Catalonia’s oldest traditions, with a gallery and cafe. Local businesses will benefit from the many visiting tourists. An external market place has been formed to sell the workshop’s creations.

In the centre of the Roman tower sits the kiln, with the chimney rising above it - becoming the heart of the plan. Spaces are formed around this feature in a radial grid. Heat being produced by the kiln is utilised with a heat exchange unit. Circulation spirals around the chimney.

A sensitive approach has been taken with the ruins – walkways lead through existing openings with ceramic pieces displayed in alcoves.

The outer leaf is made up of two thick contrasting layers of in situ concrete. The structure takes inspiration from the existing Roman wall – a solid defensive tower. Smooth, polished concrete is used for the ground floor. Upper floors are formed of red pigmented, board marked concrete, linking to the clay traditionally used in Catalonia. The two contrasting concretes relate to the tactility of the pottery process.

Rachel Carter-Jones - External images of the proposed building from the surrounding narrow streets.

External images of the proposed building from the surrounding narrow streets.

Rachel Carter-Jones - Main section through the building.

Main section through the building.

Rachel Carter-Jones - Series of axonometric drawings highlighting the spaces formed.

Series of axonometric drawings highlighting the spaces formed.

Tags: Chimney, Concrete, Urban Fabric

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