Barcelona – A formerly industrial site in Barcelona’s Poblenou neighbourhood (nicknamed the 'Catalan Manchester' in the 19th century, now a place of urban renewal) has been transformed into a sun-drenched innovation hub named Acid House Barcelona. Taking the bare bones of an old factory, Arquitectura-G designed the 500-sq-m workspace venue, which now effectively accommodates a collective of different creative businesses and projects including Vice, Nomad Coffee, Offf and others.
The building itself is composed of two aisles, the main with a double-pitched roof volume and the other a double-height ceiling space. Respecting the original factory layout, the practice, working with structural consultant Toni Casas and TDI Enginyers, strategically placed each company according to the parameters of the pre-existing space: there’s the primary workplace in the main aisle, and an office, classroom, workspace and bathrooms in the adjacent. On the ground floor, offices, shop windows, a cafeteria and meeting rooms obscure private spaces from direct street contact.