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The market place is a cultural and social blog in which texts written by us on architectural issues are posted. The aim of the blog is to promote constructive thinking and to develop critical view of architecture, public space and design across different fields and from a variety of points of view.

24.03.2019, 07.08 h

Guanyadors del Concurs Centre de Salut Son Ferriol, Palma.

1st Prize! 🎉 🎉🎉 Project competition for the new Health Center in Son Ferriol in Palma.
Proposal made jointly with Munarq

From a realistic position and taking into account the available resources, the initial expense of the construction and use of the building is put in place in its useful life, considering the final economic impact of users

Relationship with the environment
Building integrated in a domestic disposition, ground floor +1 and parking. The height of this one is related to the constructions of the Ferriol environment. By replacing existing equipment, it presents the obligation to build the new one, reducing the construction standards of a building of this nature as much as possible.

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04.03.2019, 08.02 h

Internal structure _ New Cellar

The new building is configured in three levels:
The cellar and the productive part of the building are located on the basement floor. In this plant there is a covered outdoor patio that allows the location of the cava accumulation tubes.
To a superior and half-buried plant is the most public and research part. Here you can see the dining room, the dining room, the laboratory, the reception and welcome area and the dressing rooms of the workers.
Finally, on the top floor, there is the administrative part.

All the plants, and based on a study of the configuration of rooms of the classic farmhouses, are distributed around a large central space that configures the different units of the set: a unified strategy that responds to the needs and use of each plant

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19.02.2019, 04.52 h

Living, eating and working

Living, eating and working are three basic statements in the life of any person. In an urban context, these three actions usually happen in different spaces: we sleep at home, eat at the street and work, in many cases, in an office. In the rural context this does not, or has been, the most usual. Life in the field means that these three actions can be in the same place, and this is the peculiarity of the project of a new winery in the Penedès.

Working in the rural world – and, in this case, that of cava – implies understanding the field, rural culture and human relations of exchange. Marketing with the elements that the earth implies, often, depends on meteorology and of having a second look towards the surroundings that surround it.

Living a house in the field implies that the spatial configuration itself is closely linked to how and what we work out. The spaces set up in each plant respond to a specific use that is related to the type of trade and work carried out abroad. Specifically, in a cellar there are specific spaces according to the use: cava, pantry, kitchen, entrance …

The kitchen is and will be the most symbolic piece of any house, but in the field this one becomes the piece with the greatest weight of the house. It is the meeting point for users and where more time is spent during the day. The way we eat and what we eat is a representation of how we act as a society.

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25.01.2019, 12.41 h

Enjoy leisure in healthy spaces

On average, we spend 90% of the time indoors closed, either at home or doing leisure activities. Can this affect our health and well-being? Yes! Being in unhealthy spaces for a long period of time can affect our body, therefore, building a healthy space will be key to enjoying a good quality of life.

At La Boqueria Taller de Arquitectura we design healthy interior environments that do not harm health and, in turn, respect the environment as much as possible. Both the materials used and the construction methods determine the interior environment of any space. A healthy space should take into account the indoor climate, determined by air, temperature, humidity and electroclima, and external factors that may intervene.

In this way, it will be necessary to ensure correct ventilation and renewal of the air in space, maintain an ideal temperature between 20 and 24ºC (expandable at 17-27ºC) and ensure a relative humidity between 40 and 60%.

If you have more questions about how to create a healthy space or want to know more references and advice, do not hesitate to contact us! We wait for you;)

Photo: Center Food and Yoga

Photograph of: Aedis 3d

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07.01.2019, 04.19 h

SHOPS More than facades

These weeks we have been working in some stores on Calle Carretes in the context of the project “Windows, rather than facades.”

The students of the training program have taken part in the shop windows and the vinyls have been placed with information on social projects in the neighborhood, opening some blinds that were closed.

Thanks to the coordination of DIFUSOR, the urban artists Z-E-B-U painted the shutters of the shops that participate in the project.

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24.12.2018, 09.39 h

Recognition of the Confederation of Cooperatives of Catalonia (CoopCat)

CoopCat # awards from La Boqueria for its contribution to social transformation Confederació de Cooperativas de Cataluña (CoopCat) has recognized the work of 14 Catalan cooperatives that stand out for their contribution to # socialtransformation through their commitment to the territory. La Boqueria Taller d’arquitectura is among these companies, together with DIOMCOOP, Agrària de Torelló, Femmefleur, Rocaguinarda Cultural, Aiguasol – Avançats d’Energia Solar Tèrmica, Sostre Cívic, La Fàbric @, Escola Ginebró, El Elfost natural products, EDUVIC, SAT LTDA Apícola El Perelló 1363-CAT, Tandem Social and Som Connexió. These acknowledgments from CoopCat, an entity that brings together # cooperative federations, highlight the social transformation of cooperatives and highlight the # intercooperation, # entrepreneurship and work for # qualityocupation. The awards ceremony took place on Friday, December 14, 2019 at the Filmoteca de Catalunya and counted on the interventions of Guillem Llorens, president of CoopCat; Chakir El Homrani, Conseller de Treball, Afers Socials i Famílies of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and Quim Torra, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

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08.11.2018, 03.43 h

Leisure and architecture

In La Boqueria Taller we have “La plaça del mercat”, a theoretical space where we encourage thought to have a critical and constructive view of different topics related to architecture. On this occasion, we focus on the link between architecture and design: we consider the relationship between leisure and restoration with architecture and public space, especially in Barcelona: how do they build the city?

Culture is what explains the way we eat, live and visit cities and, in fact, food is one of the greatest exponents of leisure. Currently, food is democratic: we eat what we want, when we want, as we want and with whom we want.

If we look back over time, the first public spaces were already food exchanges, that is, for trade. With the urban planning approach of the Barcelona expansion, new public spaces were created that were annexed to new programs, such as hotels or cafés and restaurants. With the opening of the city, the first visitors appeared. The first hotels not only wanted to supply the foreign public but also the people of the cities themselves, so that the ground floors of the accommodations left room for cafes, restaurants and terraces.

In a city like New York, some hotels even, like the Rockefeller Center, included a club for men, conference rooms, gyms, smoking clubs, etc. This is one of the first cases of modern building in which different programs associated with the cult of leisure are included.

In the case of food, we find supermarkets and markets, as well as restaurants, bars and other types of establishments. While cooking in homes has been gaining ground as a family living space and has evolved by leaps and bounds, for the rhythm of life that we lead we continue looking for practicality and immediacy at lunchtime, something that we have found solution in the “take-away”, the street vendor, the food-trucks or the “drive-through” restaurants. Paradoxically, we also seek in this activity a part of leisure and pleasure of the senses.

We see, then, that food has managed to occupy public space, something that perhaps hotels have not done so much. Our dining room has become the street, so the design of the public space must act as a catalyst, whether in parks, squares, stairs, bleachers or curbs.

The approach between architecture, leisure and food passes, in addition to a good design and adequate functionality, for a way of living, for how we understand the city and, therefore, for a culture

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30.10.2018, 08.49 h

7th edition of the Fair of the Solidarity Economy of Catalonia (FESC 2018)

This weekend, the 7th edition of the Fair of the Solidarity Economy of Catalonia (FESC 2018) was held at the Fabra i Coats premises of Barcelona, ​​which received more than 11,000 attendees over three days. La Boqueria Taller we have been present with a table, along with other magnificent initiatives LaCol Cooperativa, Celobert Cooperativa, Cid Roof, Arqbag Cooperativa, La Borda Cooperativa, La Dinamo Foundation and Volta Cooperativa de Arquitectura, among other great initiatives.
From La Boqueria Taller, we would like to congratulate the Solidarity Economy Network for the organization of the Fair and for all volunteers and volunteers who have made this space for debate and construction of alternatives possible once again.
The social and solidarity economy welcomes all the economic practices oriented to the human needs, managed in a participatory and democratic way, and social and ecologically responsible. These practices are present throughout the economic cycle, from production, distribution and marketing to consumption, savings and investment, forming the social market. In fact, this form of economy offers all the products and services required to meet the needs of people’s daily lives.
The FESC is a showcase for all these products, such as housing, food, leisure, education, communication, technology, services to people and companies, insurance, training, education and technology, among others. This event, organized annually and with international projection, brings together the great diversity of experiences and practices of the social and solidarity economy of the Catalan territory. We have participated in more than 210 organizations, contributing to demonstrating that the social and solidarity economy is a consolidated and real alternative.
This year’s edition, under the slogan “From those cobblestones, these initiatives”, has been a tribute in May of the 68th in its 50th anniversary. The central theme has been sovereignty, because the sovereignty of a territory or a society is, in fact, a set of sovereignties that we must build between all and that goes far beyond the construction of a state. These various sovereignties (food, technology, energy, etc.) lead us to an organizational challenge to enable the whole society to participate and be responsible for everything that affects it.
The more than 60 talks were divided into three areas: sovereignty in the management of resources, economic sovereignty and relational sovereignty. This year’s edition has expanded the exhibition area and, in addition, a collaborative report has been prepared to collect the contents of the talks in writing and in real time


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17.10.2018, 10.13 h

Structural contralaminate wood house in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona)

As a result of the collaboration with LaCol Cooperativa de arquitectos, we have made this single-family house in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona). The project consisted in the construction of a house with a low environmental impact, both in construction and in operation. In addition, it has a design that allows users to make changes over time.

The structure of the house is of contralaminate wood and a dry construction has been chosen, choosing, as far as possible, the most sustainable materials. At the same time, it is remarkable the fact that, at the time of building the house and in its subsequent operation, the maximum energy efficiency and the minimum environmental impact have been sought.

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10.10.2018, 08.23 h

La Balma: habitatge cooperatiu

Des de La Boqueria Taller treballem per a la defensa de dret a l’habitatge com un element essencial per oferir un habitatge digne a totes les persones, a través del suport al desenvolupament de nous projectes d’habitatge cooperatiu.

Actualment, treballem conjuntament amb laCol Cooperativa d’Arquitectes, en un exemple d’habitatge cooperatiu en cessió d’ús. Es tracta d’un model d’accés a l’habitatge en l’àmbit de l’economia social i solidària.

La Balma és un projecte d’habitatge cooperatiu impulsat a través de la Cooperativa Sostre Cívic, que compta amb la cessió d’ús d’un solar municipal amb un futur edifici al Poblenou (Barcelona), on hi construiran una vida en comú. La Balma és un grup que pretén fomentar formes de convivència més comunitàries, que potenciïn la interrelació entre les persones que habiten l’edifici i, alhora, amb el barri i persones externes a la cooperativa. D’aquesta manera, s’espera aconseguir la construcció d’un edifici que necessiti el seu entorn.

Els projectes d’aquest estil permeten generar habitatge assequible, oferint estabilitat i flexibilitat, al temps que possibilita generar comunitat i optimitzar serveis amb la creació d’espais comuns. A més, permet implementar sistemes de baix impacte ambiental en el disseny i ús de l’edifici.

A La Boqueria Taller acompanyem el grup en el disseny i construcció d’edificis d’habitatges amb espais comuns i amb un baix impacte ambiental.

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