Site: Mataró, Barcelona
Use: Residential

Along with the commission to rehabilitate Nau Gaudí, the first ever built project by Antoni Gaudí, Mataró City Council has requested Brullet De Luna Architects proposal to undertake a general masterplan of the area surrounding the Nau building. Included within this masterplan the design of the façades of the new complex of housing units was commissioned. The housing building closes the square where Nau Gaudí is inserted.

The project involves obtaining a suitable façade to accompany Antoni Gaudí’s work. The starting point of the project is the search for materials with powerful tectonics capable of coexisting with the presence of the historical building.

A combination of brick and wooden construction was determined to be the best option, framed within a screen of steel sections. The resulting texture combines the materiality of the old early 20th-century factories, the structural order befitting technical rationality, and the necessary homeliness for a building of housing units. Also of importance is the proposal of a deep façade with a gallery-balcony that generates an intermediate space, interesting from both the climatic point of view and for the play of space that it creates, generating a gradient between public and private space.

Nau Gaudi Housing Units view of the square, nau gaudi, and apartment building facade

Nau Gaudi Housing Units sketch by Manuel Brullet Tenas of the facades, floor plan, and section
Nau Gaudi Housing Units general axonometric view
Nau Gaudi Housing Units floorplan with square
Nau Gaudi Housing Units facade detail elevation section and floor plan

Project Name:Nau Gaudí Housing Units
Site: Mataró
Use: Residential
Project date: 1998
Construction end date: 2000
Property: Construcciones Sarrià 2000 S.L.
Land area: 2.711,70 m2
Floor area: 11.343,30 m2

Authors:Manel Brullet i Tenas, Alfonso de Luna i Colldefors
Contributors:Joan Jordi Homs i Casas
Surveyors: Oscar Pozo i Nielfa, Josep García i Puche
Facilities: Aldemi Claris 3000 S.L.
Structure: Construcciones Sarria 2000 S.L.
Builder: Construcciones Sarria 2000 S.L
Photographer:Carolina Garcia, Eduardo Armentia
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