The London building in the Urban Fira residential complex is a new multi-family building developed by AQ Acentor. It contains 210 homes, eight commercial properties, and a naturally ventilated parking for 345 cars, 120 motorcycles, and 220 bicycles. It also has 78 storage rooms. The building offers a large communal area with green areas, playgrounds, paddle courts, and swimming pools. It is located in the city of Barcelona.
Sustainability is integrated as one of the design pillars of the building, which is certified in BREEAM and DGNB. The volume and layout of the apartments guarantee their optimal conditions of sunlight and ventilation. It also allows the owners to enjoy the apartment’s terraces.
The parking is designed to be naturally ventilated and illuminated. In the first basement, there are some large flowerpots from which medium-sized trees grow towards the outdoor common areas.
The composition of the facade is designed based on a study of the building’s sunlight and an analysis of the shades generated by the surrounding vegetation. Its range of colours seeks to optimize the thermal behaviour of the envelope.
Optimization of design and management
The use of BIM methodology to develop the project has allowed us to optimize the collaboration between the different involved agents, validate the used solutions and avoid cost overruns.
The digital model of the building provides greater control and coordination during the construction of the building and ensures that all established quality standards are met. Similarly, this digital model allows the management of the building during its life.
The project has a mainly residential use. Of the 210 dwellings, 64 units are social housing, 146 are private housing. With a constructed area of between 45 and 110 m², all of them have large terraces and views of either the street or the community area. All rooms have natural ventilation and lighting.