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Batlleiroig introduces charred wood to the Spanish office building

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Catalan architecture, landscape, and planning firm Batlleiroig has realized the first blackened timber facade in Spain. Its design for the Entegra building marks the first use of the material on an exterior in the country. Located within Barcelona’s 22@ district, a product of urban renewal within the city’s Sant Martí neighborhood, and adjacent to the beachfront El Poblenou area, Entegra hosts 4,138 square meters (44,500 square feet) of office space.

22@, which was redeveloped to house Barcelona’s aspirational tech center, was part of Ildefons Cerdà’s well-known master plan for the city. Incorporating interior courtyards and chamfered block corners, Cerdà’s mid-19th century plan has been subject to a plethora of interventions over the years but retains its character in a large swath of the Spanish city. While the area around 22@ is home to a number of significant buildings from the early 2000s, including Jean Nouvel’s Torre Agbar and Herzog and de Meuron’s Forum Building, Entegra is smaller in scale, making it more sensitive to sustainability than many of its nearby predecessors.

Street-level podium of an office building
The open podium allows access to the interior of the block. (Oriol Gómez)