photograph by xavier basiana, 1997
previous state. ground floor
previous state. first floor
address/ carrer hondures 28-30. barcelona
surface area/ 395 m2 (1.360 m2)
project architect/ vora (pere buil, toni riba) + el globus vermell
project team/ zoí casimiro, quim olea
services/ arcbcn enginyers consultors
budget control/ gerard codina
building coordination architect/ vora (toni riba) + el globus vermell
building technical architect (coordination execition)/ gerard codina
client/ sagrera foundation
photographs/ adrià goula
the nau ivanow is an artistic center focused on scenic arts. it is placed in a former industrial area, near the train tracks.
the building was built in 1967 for a paint factory. since 1997 it has been operating as an artistic center and cultural dynamizer of the neighborhood, since 2010 within the creation factories program of the culture institute of barcelona. it has a theater on the ground floor, and creation and rehersal spaces on the upper floors.
the refurbishment was commissioned to adapt the building to present regulations,
mainly compliance of fire evacuation. the little transformations have been made so that the performance of the building is also improved.
in relation to the theater space, the transformation brings a new dressing room and new spaces for technical control and storage.
in relation to the vertical communications, the staircase is placed in the same position, but wider and reversed to better open up to the entrance door. all the toilet spaces around the staircase and the (pre-existing) forklift are reorganized.
the construction seeks to express itself on a material level, distinguishing itself from the existing plastered surfaces. this materiality, based on brick fabric, links to some external walls of the building. a bit of that outward expression is brought to the heart of the building. the construction is very basic, bare. the pre-existing walls that have been embraced by the transformation express, through traces and under a unifying layer of white paint, the memory of the original staircase walls.
partial refurbishment of the nau ivanow, an industrial building from the 60’s, which is nowdays an arts center based on scenic arts.