Wood and bright colours define Spanish youth centre by B720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos - architecture and design

Wood and bright colours define Spanish youth centre by B720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

A youth centre in Spain designed by Barcelona and Madrid studio B720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos uses warm colours and wooden elements to create a "comforting" place.
B720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos designed the centre in the Catalonian municipality of Badalona for the Germina Foundation, an organisation that works with children and young people at risk of social exclusion.

The centre occupies the ground floor of two existing buildings, as well as a six-storey new-build on the previously empty site between them.
The new buildings houses spaces for the foundation's administrative staff alongside a kitchen, play area and a series of workshop areas.
Photo by Rafael Vargas
A wooden interior was chosen to contrast with the "more austere" concrete exterior that blends in with its urban location "The duality between a comforting interior space [is] intended to provide a second home in which children will feel well cared for," said the studio.
Photo by Rafael Vargas
"Despite the fragmented plan, it seemed appropriate to create a sense of unity throughout the interiors, not only in physical but also visual terms," continued the studio.
"Against the dividing walls with no natural light, a large articulating furniture element spans all three programs, creating a solution for the myriad needs of each space in one single gesture."
Photo by Rafael Vargas
At ground level, a shared space in the new block links the three buildings. Above thi...
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