A benchmark of sustainable lifestyle that promotes the well-being and health of its users in contact with nature.
The Vita Student Student Residence is located in the Pedralbes neighborhood of Barcelona, in a privileged environment. A central location, next to several prestigious universities, surrounded by green spaces and at the foot of Collserola mountain range. The building organizes its 9,213 m² and 274 rooms into three interconnected volumes with a ground floor and four floors.
A new way of living in contact with nature
The design of the residence promotes a new way of living, with rooms designed and equipped to enjoy total privacy complemented by common spaces and services that encourage community life and relationships between students.
The volumetric organization of the complex frees up a sizable space on the plot, respecting the existing trees and providing the building with quality outdoor spaces in contact with nature. Thanks to the proposed layout, all the rooms have good visuals towards the exterior spaces, ensuring students and teachers access to nature from each of the spaces.
Quality outdoor spaces in contact with nature
The most outstanding common area is the large garden inside the plot, where there is a swimming pool, an outdoor amphitheater, a barbecue area and seating areas, spaces that allow you to enjoy endless outdoor activities, one of the design priorities.
On the building’s roof, with exceptional views of the city of Barcelona, there is another area for shared use and meeting. All these exterior spaces take on special relevance in a climate and culture like ours, differentiating Vita Pedralbes from other residences located in the urban area of the city.
Spaces that enhance community life
When accessing the building through Avenida Esplugues, through an open hall, you have a direct view of the interior garden. The same lobby connects with a large communal area on the lower level, illuminated through a large skylight that projects natural light throughout the day. We found all kind of community spaces in this place, such as study rooms, games rooms, community dining rooms, a living area, a gym….
A simple and quality facade
The façade is characterized by its simplicity, quality and colour, fully integrating itself into the landscaped surroundings of the plot. Its design and modulation respond directly to its program, adjusting to two situations differentiated by its orientation and environment. On the one hand, the north and east facades are directly related to the street, which is why a more protected facade has been designed that combines opaque areas with hollow areas where the balcony doors of the rooms are located. On the other hand, the south and west facades are the most exposed to the sun and in direct contact with the garden; For this reason, lighter facades have been proposed with terraces and vegetation that provide sun protection and provide the rooms with quality outdoor spaces in contact with nature.
A ventilated facade has been designed with a green extruded ceramic finish with a fretwork-shaped geometry framed with aluminum slats that emphasize its modulation. This finish and its geometry generate a play of shadows that varies during the day, characterizing the image of the building.