Two projects carried out by Sorigué have been selected as finalists at the 62nd edition of the FAD Awards for Architecture and Interior Design. The projects include the transformation of the former Mas Ravetllat estate into the new Doctor Pla i Armengol Gardens in Barcelona's Guinardó district — finalist in the City and Landscape category — and the construction of a 79-unit social housing building in Sant Boi de Llobregat — finalist in the Architecture category.
In this year’s edition, the judges of the FAD Awards, one of the oldest and most prestigious architecture awards in Europe, have chosen 27 finalists and 49 projects in the different categories from a total of 484 submitted works.
New park spanning 3.6 hectares
The project transforming the former Mas Ravetllat farm estate into a new public park has been selected as a finalist in the City and Landscape category. The responsibility for renovating this space, built at the beginning of the 20th century and spanning 3.6 hectares, fell on two Sorigué Group companies. Constraula, a company specialising in urban maintenance and rehabilitation, and Ambitec, a landscaping and gardening company.
The new Doctor Pla i Armengol Gardens, a project executed on behalf of the Barcelona City Council, currently has inclusive children's play areas, two shaded areas with a pergola, two observation points, a wet area, a vegetable garden, wooded areas and a home garden, featuring sculptures and fountains restored to match the era.
In the words of the FAD Awards judges, the project “works to revive the site’s history and biodiversity on an urban and metropolitan scale”. According to their verdict, it “highlights the interesting crossroads between nature, historical gardening and heritage, with native plants and protected areas”. Lastly, the addition of insect hotels is seen as an urbanisation strategy for creating hybrid ecosystems “needed both by the people and all the species with whom we share the city”.
The new social housing building located on Baldiri Net i Figueres street in the Saló Central district of Sant Boi de Llobregat in Barcelona has been selected as a finalist in the Architecture category.
The project was designed by the architecture firm estudio Herreros alongside Mariona Benedito and Martí Sanz from MIM-A and was built by the Building arm of Sorigué for the Metropolitan Institute of Land Development and Property Management (IMPSOL).
The 79-unit building consists of a ground floor for two commercial premises, three basement levels for parking and seven storeys for homes. The new construction is located on a plot of land measuring over one thousand square metres, which was undeveloped prior to the construction.
According to the judges, the project involved “a careful typological exploration of the independent housing block”. They highlighted the incorporation of large patios and excavations to create community spaces that function as places of transition “between the large sphere of construction taking place outdoors and the domestic, humane and welcoming sphere of housing”.
FAD Awards for Architecture and Interior Design
The FAD Awards for Architecture and Interior Design are one of Europe's longest running and most prestigious awards in this field. The prizes were awarded in four categories: Architecture, Interior Design, City and Landscape, and Ephemeral Interventions.
According to this year’s judges, the selected proposals reflect assertive architecture in dialogue with space and nature.