Palau Sant Jordi
Arata Isozaki designed Palau Sant Jordi for the 1992 Olympics located adjacent to the main stadium on Monjüic, the elegant structure with its undulating roof hosted gymnastics, handball and volleyball events. Nowadays it also accommodates concerts (24,000 seating capacity), international touring acts like U2, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones have all preformed here. This refurbishment project consists of two existing VIP lounges within the arena structure, the pods which measure 395 sq.m. between them, are self-contained structures within a structure. The project by Miàs Architects, who were recently short listed for the refurbishment of the Camp Nou stadium, features shiny aluminium panels and artificial light to re-imagine the interior of the pods. Constructed using 3D technology there are a total of 418 different panels which are laser cut, some are perforated others have different textures and finishes applied. The lighting aspect consists of linear strips of LED lights that are arranged in both orthogonal and diagonal strips that criss-cross all the surfaces, creating a sense of dynamism and movement which is reflected by the metal panels.
The effect is otherworldly, a science-fiction set straight from a Star Wars film that reflects the odd reality of what is must be like to tour the world from city to city without really actually experiencing any of these places. Miàs has specialised in the language of bespoke metal construction over his career (see B-Guided #50) with numerous award winning built projects in Barcelona and around Catalonia.
- Palau Sant Jordi VIP Lounge Club
- Passeig Olímpic, 5-7, 08038 Barcelona
- Miàs Architects
- Photos; Adrià Goula