Posted: 20 May 2013 08:59 AM PDT
Frederic Perers and Jordi Tamayo recently have completed the Multiplastic.
Created in 1955, Multiplastic has become a classic of commercial landscape of Barcelona, always dedicated to the sale of plastic products. Multiplastic carefully selects items sold from a design concept that equates aesthetics and functionality, and that values innovation above all. The shop offers reference product manufacturers such as Lékué, Guzzini, Menu, Alessi or Habitare.
Frederic Perers (Barcelona, 1974) and Jordi Tamayo (Barcelona, 1972), authors of the new interior design of Multiplastic, have deployed a project that recovers the industrial character of the original space, visible especially in the beamed ceiling and the iron columns. The creation of a neutral container helps to differentiate the product from the domestic industry, and the lighting creates an atmosphere that updates the presence of the company’s corporate blue. Finally, the interior also plans to redefine the boundary between the commercial space and warehouse space, and the relationship of the store with the street, with a clear insight in both directions: from the street to the inside and vice versa. Multiplastic has been included in the Barcelona Design Tour by BCD.
Perers and Tamayo met in 1997 working in the Antoni Arola Studio. Perers is an interior designer, author of projects such as Splash Laundromat, the Tortosa Museum and the Espai Ermengol. Tamayo is an interior and product designer, he has worked for companies such as Valira, Rabasa and Ofita, and he is the author of New Oven.
+ All images courtesy Frederic Perers and Jordi Tamayo
Posted: 20 May 2013 08:35 AM PDT
The large complex of buildings nestled on level ground along the new Hausmannstaetten bypass road covers three functions: tunnel control centre, central repair shop and road maintenance depot. In order to keep the intrusion to a minimum, the building was interpreted as part of the landscape. It follows the course of the road and the green roofs, which regulate the climate and blend in with the fields farmed in strips. A planted embankment forms the boundary to the bypass. Additionally, the way the elongated position of buildings is chosen, they contribute to noise protection in favor of the neigbouring small houses. On the one hand, the complex consequently uses the existing topographical conditions to minimise noise, energy and routes. On the other hand, its clear, simple design vocabulary stabilises the atmosphere of the heterogeneous environment.
The building complex at the west portal of the Himmelreich tunnel at Hausmannstätten enters into a consistent dialogue with the surrounding landscape. By dint of its size and development along the tunnel entrance, the structure impacts on the landscape, of which it forms an integral part.
The green roofs follow the course of the street. The earth banks already on the building site and neighbouring plot, heaped up for tunnel construction, are only partially rearranged and form the new topography in combination with the roofs. The top edges of the roofs and earth banks are at the same height. Seen from the country road, the impression is one of having parts of the landscape in front of you. The eye ranges over the green roof surfaces to the Graz Basin with its plot pattern of short strip fields.
The architecture is characterised by a calm, pragmatic style. The aim was to stabilise the surrounding area, that is dominated by suburban detached houses and commercial developments. The reserved architectural language serves as a background for the heterogeneous neighbourhood.
In addition to the areas of extensive roof and embankment greenery, the materials used are above all long-lived.
To cater for the heavy burden of the weather and works transport (frost and thaw salt), extremely robust natural materials are used such as reinforced concrete (also for crash guards), wood in the interior protected from the weather, steel and industrial glass. These materials define the appearance of the façades. In some areas high-quality, resistant materials are used, for example stainless steel in the washing bay – simply for reasons of severe exposure to corrosion due to steam.
+ Project facts
Project: Tunnel Monitoring Complex Hausmannstaetten
Architecture: Dietger Wissounig Architekten
Project Facts: Competition: 2010
+ All images and drawings courtesy Dietger Wissounig Architekten, photo by JASMIN SCHULLER
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