CENTRE CULTURA CONTEMPORÀNIA BARCELONA - RENOVATION
Barcelona, Spain, 2008-2011
Diputació de Barcelona
The old theatre, built by the architect Josep Goday in 1912, has been remodelled. The rest of the spaces have been ordered and cleaned of unnecessary structures, and the vertical circulation has been reorganised.
The elevation facing Joan Coromines Square, opposite the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) conserves the arches remaining from one of the cloisters of the old hospital, the Casa de la Caritat almshouse.
The passage opened between the theatre building and the old hospital chapel, connects Valldonzella Street to Coromines Square and widens on the ground floor as it reaches the square to create an exterior covered atrium that protects the new entrance door of the remodelled building. Two arches of the cloister facade have been left open to signal this entrance.
The entrance halls have been placed within the interior trapezoidal space that exists between the facade with the arches and the volume of the theatre. They link the levels housing exhibition and cultural spaces via escalators. The entrance halls also connect with the new passage below the square, which is both an exhibition area as well as the umbilical cord of the main building of the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB).
The new roof of this space encompasses the theatre's southern facade and helps to fuse it with that of the cloister.
Within the geometry of the arches in the protected facade, new openings have been added, in which the letters CCCB can be half read and which allow views of the square from the interior through unexpected cuts.