Zero flat – Leve_projects

architects_ Leve_projects
location_Barcelona, Spain
project year_2015
photography_Eva Serrats Luyts

authors_Eva Serrats Luyts, Francesc Pla Ferrer, Adrianna Mas Cucurell (architects), Daniel Cid Moragas (art historian) and Innovation Lab ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
collaborators_Judit Aguilar, Alicia Ripoll, David Domènech, TDI Enginyers, Xavier Ferrés, Javier Meliz and Jordi Ballesta
partner companies_ Esquerdes S.L., Toco Fusta, Ecomatalasser, Colt, K-Control Solar y Catal-Pur
sponsors_Isolana Fundación Privada, Lamp Lighting, Gabarró, AIA Salazar Navarro, Pcl, Decoinnova Pintores, LG, Forbo Flooring Systems, Orac Décor, Schüco, Persiana Barcelona, Sumace, and Bruc Jardí
engineering_AIA Salazar Navarro Arquitectura
property_Foment de Ciutat S.A.
developer_Arrels Fundació

from the architects_

This temporary flat for the homeless is situated in the old district of Barcelona. An experimental model to be repeated in other situations and locations.
The private lives of people who sleep on the streets take place outside but also in a situation of invisibility. Coming off the streets and returning to a dwelling requires a decision and an adaptation process. This is why in ZF the entrance hall, conceived as a space in which to reinforce ties with the new arrival, has taken on a leading role.
Denominated Agora, an interior plaza equipped with a bench and a water fountain, it is a meeting place between the volunteer who awaits and the temporary occupier who arrives at dusk. An entrance hall-plaza where the newcomer is provided with a welcome pack comprising a mattress, a blanket and a portable lamp that offers the possibility of moving around the flat without having to depend on the general lighting.
The act of going to sleep in ZF is also closer to what occurs in an enclosed cash dispenser than in a standard dormitory.
In the dormitory, also called the Large Hall, the bunk beds provide a continuous, flexible and functional structure that extends throughout the space. In this way it is the temporary occupier who chooses from the different surfaces available the place on which to unfold their mattress on that evening. This portable bed which, together with a shutter hanging from the ceiling, creates a small fold inside the dwelling, a place in which to take shelter.
The other spaces in ZF are a pantry, bathrooms and the volunteers’ home.
Making the most of the hours when ZF is unoccupied, it offers a second daytime use as a classroom or polyvalent meeting space for the training of volunteers and for educational visits. For these purposes the bunk bed becomes a table or a seat.


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