WORLD TRADE CENTER IGUALADA, S.A.
Proposal submitted by b720 Arquitectos, winner in a contest of restricted character convened by the World Trade Centre Igualada. S.A. The proposal responds to the social and economic requirements of the new Igualada, a town in a process of development.
The set comprises four buildings divided into four distinct zones of uses (area offices, commercial area, hotel and parking) generating a recognizable set. The commercial space is positioned as a socket, differing from the upper floors of offices, and maintaining a continuous cornice. Among the commercial space and the offices space a mattress is created, as a large crack shaded, with variable height that breaks its rigidity.
The higher volume of the new World Trade Centre, where are located the offices and hotel rooms, differs from the bottom, moving and generating a gallery deck that serves as a shelter against the rain and as an access to the commercial area.
The outline structure is based on an orderly and repetitive grid. At the extremes, between the second and third building, it is generated some powerful overhangs indicating the turning point of the project and marking the gateway to the city.
The intervention is unique, but falls short in the union areas of the different plots, looking for the most travelled areas of the project.