One of the four finalists in the Multifamily Housing category of the a+ Arquitectura Plus Awards 2023, organised by Grupo VIA and Daikin, is the rehabilitation of La Carboneria in Barcelona. Cesar Ruiz-Larrea (Ruiz-Larrea Arquitectura), Esperanza Valle (L35 Architects), Gema Alfaro (ALFARO-MANRIQUE Atelier), Iñigo Ortiz (Ortiz.Leon Arquitectos), and José García Osorio (VIA Group) make up the jury for the current competition.
Only members of architecture or interior design firms are eligible to participate in the online voting phase, which is now open. On-site voting by attendees of the Arquitectura Plus Awards event in Madrid on November 23, 2023, will also be considered in determining the winner.
Please vote for La Carbonería and your other favorite projects by doing the following:
✅Check the finalist projects
✅ Decide your favorite project in each of the categories. La Carbonería is in the Multifamily Housing category
✅Go to the La Carbonería presentation
✅Click on the “Voting” button at the end of the La Carbonería presentation.
✅A form opens: vote for your favorite project in each category. In Multifamily Housing, select “Office for Strategic Spaces (Angel Borrego Cubero) – La Carbonería”.
Our project “The Rehabilitation of La Carbonería” has been shortlisted in the XVI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. The Jury has selected 126 out of the 524 entries presented in the “Built” category.
On May 16th 2023, Ángel Borrego Cubero will give a conference at ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture in which he will talk about the challenges we have faced and the solutions we have adopted for the rehabilitation of La Carbonería, the oldest standing building in the Eixample iconic neighborhood of Barcelona. Built in the 19th century by Narcis Tarragó, at a time of confrontation between Ildefons Cerdá and the Barcelona City Council over what the future Eixample should be like, the building bears the imprint of those tense moments in its strange configuration: it has got 4 facades. The most spectacular of them remained hidden and inaccessible until 150 years later when the history of the building was studied and it was decided to protect it due to its relevance in understanding modern Barcelona. On how we have addressed the diversity of significance layers that the building holds, how we have recovered that façade for the city and other stories about the building and its rehabilitation process, are themes Ángel Borrego will tackle in the Aula de Graus, next Tuesday, starting at 1:00 p.m.
We thank the ETSAB Cultural Activities Area team for the opportunity to present our works; in particular, to Enric Granell Trias, Deputy Director of Culture of the ETSAB; and Carolina B. García Estévez, Deputy Director of Publications.
We are happy to be able to share some of the fascinating history of the La Carboneria building and its rehabilitation project, as told by Ángel Borrego Cubero in conversation with David Stevens, on MONOCLE’S The Urbanist.