Sorigué has begun construction on this prefabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) building located on Calle Lola Iturbe in Barcelona’s Sant Martí district, commissioned by Barcelona City Council.
Over the next 15 months the business group will be constructing Catalonia’s tallest timber structure, a nine-story 42-unit building.
This project is one of the two developments awarded to Sorigué in August 2021 by the Municipal Housing and Rehabilitation Institute (IMHAB), which is aimed at expanding the city’s affordable social housing stock. It is designed by Urbanitree, the architecture firm of Daniel Ibañez and Vicente Guallart.
Laying the “First Timber”
The ceremony to mark the start of construction took place on 20 December with the symbolic laying of the “first timber”. The Councillor of Housing and Rehabilitation, Lucia Martín, led the ceremony alongside the Director of the IMHAB, Gerard Capó, and the Minister of Urban Ecology and Housing and Councillor of the Verneda i La Pau neighbourhood, Eva Campos.
Other attendees included Sorigué group representatives such as Marc Salvadó, Building Manager; Xavier Fincias, Group Head of Building; Domingo Bargalló, Head of Building Production; and Jorge Manuel Molina, Building Contract Manager, as well as the architects for this development: Vicente Guallart, Daniel Ibañez and Pieràngela Humet.
Sustainable and Efficient Construction
This building will be constructed using prefabricated components, offering a lower environmental impact compared to traditional construction while helping to