The client wanted to build a new industrial pavilion. The goal that he told us that we should reach, it’s the most repeated during this time of economic constraints: must be cheap! In spite of acknowledging the quality of the work of the architects, which was the reason why he placed the order, that shouldn’t justify an increase of the expenses. The solution should be as accurate as the bareness of the order.
The starting idea was found in the origins of the composition of the classical architecture. If it wasn’t heretical, it could be suggested that the classical orders were deconstructed. In fact, considering the actual disciplinary context, distant heir of the Modern Movement, what was done was to divide in three parts the vertical plan of the façade, finished with an overhang. Each one of these parts is constituted with the strict necessary materials needed to respond precisely to its function. Therefore, the section synthesizes the solution and testifies its frugality.
The lowest plan is built with concrete blocks that have a good mechanical resistance to possible strikes done by vehicles outside or done by the workers inside. The middle plan is built with metal sheet that is the necessary surface to bound the volume and to protect its interior. The highest plan is built with translucent sheet that allows daylight to illuminate the interior of the pavilion in a generous and homogeneous way, during all working period. The overhang is built with metal sheet that protects from the rain. The different vertical alignments of these three plans regarding the pillars disclose the structure, which becomes part of the composition, too. Moreover, as the structure doesn’t need to waste resources in coverings, it reveals the building system, taking part of the precision and economy of the solution.
The height of the two lowest plans allows the exact insertion of both industrial doors. It was a built one storey volume with OSB in its interior, to shelter the complementary functions of the industrial activity: bathrooms and administration.