The international jury named by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe has shortlisted a building by the Municipal Housing Trust for this year’s contemporary architecture award. The building is the only shortlisted project in the city. The building in question is a block of flats for the elderly, which has just been built in the neighbourhood of Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou, between C/ Bolívia, C/ Badajoz, Pl. Glòries and C/ Ciutat de Granada.
The block has 105 flats designed for elderly people, and on the ground floor there is an elderly people’s community centre, a primary medical care centre and a mental health facility.
The building has seven or eight homes on each landing, with a central corridor. The homes will be for rent and each have some 40 square metres, the layout consisting of a bathroom, a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a balcony. The flats feature sliding doors, moveable walls and spaces which can either interconnect or act as separation to achieve various degrees of privacy.
The 40 projects shortlisted out of 355 from all over Europe can be seen at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB).In mid-February the five finalists for the award will be selected, with the winner to be announced in the middle of May.