Mark Olson is an Architect serving Chicago neighborhoods Gold Coast Old Town Lincoln Park Wicker Park Bucktown West Loop South Loop
Barcelona Tower Competition

Barcelona, Spain

Competition entry board
Proposed precast concrete tower in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain directly across from the Plaza del MACBA serving as a youth hostel. The tower introduces a series of voids and projections in order to create a textured facade whereby inhabitants can commingle along the cliff like exterior. The precast panels are arranged so as as to create a rigid exterior shell while allowing for niches and perches for people to view the city of Barcelona below. The competition asked that the tower act as a vertical place marker in the old city and the proposal attempts to create a 100m tall structure of hard material with punched openings in order to create a dialogue with the surrounding medieval construction. The precast thus becomes a lacy skin enhancing the lightness of the slender tower while alluding to the predominate masonry construction of the surrounding district.

Close up of typical balcony arrangement

Typical interior of unit

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