Illa Fleming
1995-1999 Jaume Bach with Gabriel Mora
 
address
Rda. General Mitre – C. Dr. Fleming
Barcelona
Spain
client
Layetana M2
contractor
COMSA
collaborators
J. Gilabert, F. Roldós (quantity surveyor), Robert Brufau i Associats (structure), J.G. Asociados (mecanichal engineering)
photos
Lluis Casals, Josep Maria Molinos, Wenzel.
description
The requalification of the area around the former stadium of the Real Club Deportivo Español in the Sarrià district of Barcelona released a large area of development land in a privileged area of the city. This area was a trapezoidal plot with great visual impact located between avenida del General Mitre, calle del Dr. Fleming and calle de Can Ràbia.
The plan proposed buildings location at the perimeter of the plot, like the buildings of the Ensanche. This closed solution did not seem to be the most appropriate for a district of isolated blocks and a plot located in the centre of a series of views that it was wished to maintain. Therefore, the construction was concentrated in two towers and a block of the same height located at the perimeter of the site with a landscaped area in the centre.
The two towers have a square ground plan with two conventional dwellings per floor, while the block contains apartments for the elderly with common services on the ground floor (dining room, cleaning, infirmary). Under the street level, the programme was completed by a series of shops, stores, multicinemas and parking accessed through a square covered by a large pergola. This pergola floats between the block of apartments and one of the towers, emphasising the public nature of the space and marking the main corner of the site.