Mare de Deu in Habitatge y Futur


Mare de Deu in Habitatge y Futur


Are 97 sustainable rental housing for young , walk to Montjuic


Regesa , a company that depends on the County Council Barcelones through innovation and inclusion of new production systems and energy harvesting has finished work on the first block of flats with a micro – cogeneration. This time is the promotion of the Port de Deu More in Montjui’c , which incorporates energy management marked by innovation through a system of electricity generation from the combustion of gas.

The system proposed as an alternative solution for the supply of domestic hot water (DHW ) a single installation for all the promotion , based on micro – cogeneration reciprocating engine and boiler support, which comes to give similar benefits to solutions solar energy , covering all households . Thus, the micro – CHP system provides the basis of the thermal demand of the building , leaving the ends to the conventional generator ( boiler) , and generates electricity for export to the grid. Thus, the system in addition to providing homes 100% of hot water as needed, monthly flat rate, eliminates the installation of individual in each of the boiler housing .

The solution of the micro – generation enables significant energy saving in the overall promotion of the order of 40 % , and savings for users of housing , according to statistics because the young tenants be reduced their consumption by 20 % below invoice usual in this type of housing.



The building is located Montju’ic walk in the street More Deu del Port , within an axis is changing as the Free Zone , will receive its first occupants in the last quarter of 2009 , once the municipal drawing made by the city of Barcelona , as this promotion is part of the municipal housing program Barcelona City Council .

In recent years we are seeing the construction of social housing evolving social needs , not only to ensure a constant level of provision of affordable housing for all citizens, giving added value , getting architecture, urbanism, sustainability and energy savings merged into a single concept. Therefore , building systems are improved, is seeking new and more sustainable , innovates and commitment agreements with institutions and energy companies such as Endesa who participated in this promotion , universities , etc. . , Looking for innovative ways to better quality of life for users of housing and cities.

For example , the developer brand, in many cases, the example raising awareness other industry and the public of the benefits of sustainable practices . The building of the Port de Deu More is a good example of this merger , both constructive solutions and technology solutions for sustainability.

The building, designed by the architectural firm of White & Associates Lleó , consists of 97 homes rented for young people, of which four , ground floor , are adapted for people with reduced mobility.

Fruit of the unique construction system modules concrete homes laid symmetrically repeated along the two facades of 102 meters, in modules of 40 square meters each, consisting of an open space over the bathroom. It is an efficient sustainable building generates less waste , reducing environmental impact and improving energy efficiency and sustainability .

We must therefore speak of a global concept of construction, where the classical concepts of structure , cladding , partitions , fixtures and finishes change , once out of the classical foundations of any building , allowing housing having a daily basis to build all the walls , whether internal, external or internal dividing walls, including all the facilities that are located within the walls and ceilings, concreting all at once ( with special concrete ) so that when dismantled formwork modular housing , there remains only implement their finishes.

This method minimizes waste and debris and becomes dry and much cleaner work, which together with the system of double-layer walls , adds to the benefits of energy efficiency and sustainability of combined housing built .



The facades are part of the constructive solution of overall modularity . The building is covered on both fronts , north and south , with a double skin. A concrete cover , the result of the modular system with glass windows glazing type and a second , outer , formed steel slats Sunflower effect they have dual functionality overheat protection and light contribution , according to their orientation .



The building is a unique five-storey volume , a system of perforated holes and open spaces , the wearing different collective housing . Gaps appear in both facades communicating with the access corridors to homes and at some points through the building from side to side , forming terraces and patios , covered and uncovered , which are integrated with two communal lounges in the body the building.

In many countries of northern Europe and as have been incorporated in other promotions commitment to social spaces , which in this case are marked by empty architectural project .

The building has the vital center, a diagonal sequence of open spaces that breaks the monotony of the set built by distributing covered terraces and patios around the mountain Montju’ic , visually merging with it and thus becoming in links between public spaces and private domain environment .




I write these lines to highlight a newly finished building in Barcelona , which I find particularly interesting in the present rather disenchanted situation in which we find ourselves. This is not an exceptional work for its size and for the uniqueness of its program , but a directly operational , and dotacional residential building in the Zona Franca , the architect Blanca Lleó and promoted by the company REGESA .

I try to reason my interest in this building , beyond those recurring terms such as ” good architecture ” rather blur with a vague sense and discipline the true ideological and technical springs that legitimize architecture and transported to society.

Let me first highlight the urban dimension of the building , ie its ability to revitalize the neighborhood in which it is inserted , not only through the interaction of its mere presence, but in its ability to attract a qualified urban context , linking to turn with interior tours of the building , which itself claims to be a continuation of the city itself , with its own streets , points of connection , community facilities , … well as strictly private homes. This is important because normally the administrative planning processes tend to empty the architecture of its urban form and much of the ” urban ” decisions , are set apart from its final realization . A second aspect is constructive reflection from the proposed architecture, the invention or adaptation of a specific system to construct the building , appropriate to the circumstances that converge on it . In this regard it should be emphasized that in our current context , is already a value not assume the inertia of traditional ways of building and try to innovate in this area so careless over the last decades. In this case the structure is achieved by a system of pre-existing molds and formwork concrete walls arranged along the perimeter of each housing unit .

Finally would highlight the value of an architecture that aims at minimizing power consumption for obtaining your indoor climate. Thus the envelope is solved as a superposition of independent – glass layers, air chamber and adjustable slats , which allow you to filter available in the outer radiation conditions . I do not know if there is a parametric estimate of the savings achieved in any case is an effective system to prevent internal overheating.

The architecture and appearance of the whole emerges as a result of these sensible initial intentions , the way it is not the goal but the result of a previous will, an urban , constructive energy and will. On the other hand , if we analyze these aspects more fully we realize that basically are related to environmental aspiration of our contemporary society as the urban quality tends to decrease commuting , proper construction implies a tighter use materials and reducing energy demand allows an almost linear decrease of C02 emissions. In other words, architecture is always a significant tangible to the aspirations of his time instrument.

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