Mixed-Use Courtyard Building

The objective of this University of Calgary term-abroad design studio was to urbanize, in the formerly industrial Diagonal Mar area of Barcelona, an empty triangular lot wedged between a park with luxury high rise towers on one side and a long, zig-zagging social housing project from the 1960s on the other.

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Urban design by Junette Huynh, Abhinav Sunil, and Christopher Hutchison.

Students first worked in groups of three on an urban design proposal for the triangular site, and then developed components of the plan individually.

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The above building mixes compact luxury as well as affordable housing units over a base containing retail units as well as a roof-top health club (by Abhinav Sunil).

Circulation diagram

Massing responds to street hierarchy as well as courtyard typology and solar orientation (by Abhinav Sunil).

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Compact dwelling units are combined with generous ‘break-out spaces’ that can be appropriated for informal lounging or for collectively organized activities (by Abhinav Sunil).

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Cross section (by Abhinav Sunil)

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Rendering of courtyard (by Abhinav Sunil)

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About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, CIEE Architecture and Design program, as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

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