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It is an architectural project located in the Sant Martí environment between the Greek and Roman ruins, the museum and the Mediterranean Sea.

When we got to the entrance to Sant Marti, topography opens slightly, leaving it a plain that extends to the ruins.

At the beginning of this level and through the trees, lies this building for a research center and audiovisual promotion of Mediterranean cuisine and a place for events between April and October. It starts in this area a pedestrian lane, passing a side of the proposed volume that leads us to the main entrance walking under a portion that rises from the ground, becoming the front part of the project that creates public spaces, covered by an emergin surface made of corten steel, that transfer its silhouette on the pavement.

Of this volume, which rises arise patios, or openings of which some triangular structure made up of pairs giant HEB 600 supports the weight of the front part of the building. All materials are recyclable, or already recycled. Like de composite decking floors, metallic structure, or the outern skin of the façade, composed by “clay strips”, in 3 different angles. As well the glass of the windows have 3 different glazing opacities depending on the uses behind them.

The geometry comes from an irregular mesh of hexagons that create a kind of vessels sometimes forming courtyards around which are organized programs such as kitchens and catering areas which may require more light, or more natural ventilation. Or sometimes filled when needed open spaces are needed lihe the T.V. set or the exhibition hall.

The hexagonal geometry and the emerging surface which was flipped, are the result of the addition of the encoded text “The Hutting Studio (a painter’s atelier in Paris) chapter of the book” The life instructions for use ” by Georges Perec AND! The previous analysis of the place through a single variable, the flooding study, which gives site-specific data.

Enric Martínez-Mas Master Thesis of Architecture, 2009