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Portfolio Carles Tuca i Vancells

recent works and collaborations (2008 - 2011)

Carles Tuca i Vancells

recent works and collaborations (2008 - 2011) contact: email - Linkedin - Carles Tuca Vancells skype - carlestukus issuu - Carles_Tuca

Contents Residential Architecture


House for NĂşria House for Mick Debarge House

06 10 14

Working Spaces


Renewal of the IBE headquaters

Urban Spaces The Palm’s Cross Square and Playgroung Preventive Urbanism

Annex Exhibition at CCCB


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rom my point of view, domestic architecture is a membrane that controls what happens between your

intimate world and the rest of the universe. Adaptation to the site in a physical / organic level as well as personal is important to have a good relation with the exterior. You have to enjoy the site and the site must enjoy us. The inner side of the membrane should be an intimate and personal space of protection and comfort. An extension of ourselves. The projection of our interior to the exterior.


Residential Architecture House for NĂşria


House for Mick


Debarge House



House for Núria

Seva, Barcelona, Spain. (2009 - under construction)

038 Arquitectura Eva Gayolà, Albert Santaló and Carles Tuca *


he project is composed by three modules that search the best orientation depending on the activities that they

hold. In the ground floor the room’s module turns towards the east, protected by a circulation stripe in the west. The collective zone of the house opens completely towards the south. The last module is a mezzanine whish looks to the landscape.


1.Situation 1. Ground floor 1/200 2. Mezzanine floor 1/200

1.Long section 2. Cross Section 1/500 3. Construction



1. Elevation: south-east south-west north-east north-west 1:200


he building structure is made of cross-laminated timber panels. This material makes walls thinner, that is to

say, improves the house surface efficiency. The weight of the main structure is reduced nearly to the half, lowing the foundation costs. It also accelerates the construction and makes it cleaner.

* This house is an idea and project by Eva Gayola Vi単as (038 Arquitectura), I just collaborated as a draughtsman. 1. Little sketch 2. Construction - 2


Can Salvi (House for Mick)

Cabanelles, Girona, Spain. (2011 - construction)

038 Arquitectura Eva Gayolà, Albert Santaló and Carles Tuca


here are just three exterior walls risen up from original building. They enfold a 80 m2¬ surface close to a square.

Next to the west façade is possible to intuit a small annex. The ruins show the existence of a two pitched roof and two stories. The adaptation of the house to the site allowed the entrance either in the ground floor or in the first floor.


1. Surroundings 1/500


he rests of the building are located in the «Solà de Badós» neighbourhood, on the sunny slope of the mountain, in

big clearing of a forest reserve. There are more house, some ruined, some restored. The ruins are in little piece of ground free from trees and surrounded by paths. In the north, east and west there is the forest; towards the south, fields, a stream and the landscape. Can Salvi, together with the other cottages -ruined or restored-, belongs to the rural landscape of the countryside and its history.

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1. Environment 2. Region of Cabanelles 3. The ruins



a proposal is based in the town-planning rules

area’s “rural

and the client’s will. He doesn’t want the exact

and is two storied. The day zone is in the ground floor,

restitution of the building, but he wants to keep the old

the night zone in first floor. The ground floor conserves

cottages style. La composition is simple. The volume

the original space, in the exception of the bathroom

rises over the existing walls, without big windows

and the stairs. The first floor is much more comparted

and following the buildings’ formal criteria of the

in rooms and an open space that can be close up.


architecture”. The house faces the south

1. Cross section 1/100 2. Sequence open space/close space

1. Ground floor

2. 1st floor 1/100


Debarge House

Sils, Girona, Spain. (2011 - under construction)

038 Arquitectura Eva Gayolà, Albert Santaló and Carles Tuca


he project began with a ground floor plan provided by the client and the condition of a possible posterior

construction of a mezzanine. A three different volume succession follow the different functional divisions of the plan. Inside, spaces of different height are obtained and outside is expressed with different roof composition. Imperfect symmetry unifies the volumes keeping the same façade height in the entire perimeter.

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1. Situation 2. Plot 3. Idea’s diagram

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1. South-west and north-west elevations 1/200 2. 3D drawing 3. mezzanine’s drafts 4. 1er sketch 5. Plan 6. Cross Section 1/250



working space is where productive activities are hold. The huge diversity of activities and their specifications

require vey characteristic elements, functions and shapes. Anyway, anything a working space would need must optimize the productive process and help those who participate in it. These spaces should improve single concentration at the time that guarantee a good communication flow. High formal contrast points creation allow evasion, that collaborates in the brain and body’s relax.


Working Spaces Renewal of the IBE headquarters



Renewal of the IBE

Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. (2008 - 2009)

Works and maintenance dep. - IBE G. Ordóñez, V. Omonte, C. Tuca and E. Valencoso


nstitute Barcelona Sports (IBE) is a city council organism responsible for the management, upkeep and promotion

of the sport equipments and events of Barcelona. Some important sport events in the city were the reason for the improvement and renewal of their headquarters. The works and maintenance department of the institution was in charge of the interior renewal and the supervision of the work as well as the design of some furniture.


1. Offices situaion in Montjuïc hill 2.Previous state (corridor) 3. Previous state (offices)

1. Final plan - Ground and first floor 1/250



1. Closets’ details 1/100

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1. Meeting room details 1/50 2. Reception hall table details 1/50 3. Exhibitor details 1/20



1. Meeting room 2. Circulation and waiting 3. Staricase 4. Reception hall

1. Offices 2. City sport councillor’s office 3. View from the Olympic swimming pool



rban spaces are collective – open or closed- places modified to favour human activity. Their addition

creates a network suitable for transport and communication, social interaction and commerce. The capacity of a space to generate activity and to provide quality of life to their users, determines its placing in the city schema of citizens’ collective conscience. A space achieves to be part of the network when it keeps a good relation with its surroundings, it carries out its role – node or/and connection- and guarantee concordance between formalisation and activity. Designing spaces that definitely occupy their place in the network, certainly means to construct a city.


Urban Spaces The Pam’s Cross


Square and Playground


Preventive Urbanism



The Palm’s Cross

Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. (2010 - 2011)

Projects and woks Dep.- Aj. Barcelona Mariona Nubials, Carles Tuca and Eduard Valencoso


ome chosen streets of the city centre were repaved in order to prioritize on foot moving and displacements.

One of the chosen points was the crossroad between “Tallers” street and “Ramalleres” street. The number of cars moving along these streets considerably decreased after the circulation reorganization. Every day hundreds of people walk through this space that has a street furniture surplus, very little hygiene, an invisible palm tree and an inadequate pavement for walking. [Exclusivamente para uso acadØmico]


1. Situation 2.Previous state


he black granite and white granite stone pieces circular arrangement attempts to make obvious the presence

of the palm tree and gives the impression of unique, single and outstanding place. Street furniture elimination allows the space to breath and commerce activity protects it from uncivil actions. The aim to achieve is to perceive the space as a square more than a simple crossroad.

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1. Slove’s analysis 2. Training sketch 3. Square plan 1/200



1. The Palm’s Cross

1. Photomontage 2. Woman who walks 3. The palm tree


Square and Playground Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. (2010 - 2011)

Projects and woks Dep.- Aj. Barcelona Mariona Nubials, Carles Tuca and Eduard Valencoso


he demolition of two XVIII century residential buildings creates two empty plots. They are located in a block

surrounded by two important edges in the city centre. This situation has propitiate the transformation of the zone into background. Finally the two plots turned into two motorbike parking lots.

Demolished buildings Aqueduct Ancient medieval streets Hung gardens 30

1. Location 2.Historic plan 1858

1. Ancient Fishes’s Square 2. Isidre Nonell Square previous state



he neighbours wanted to recuperate the space for the people and the bikers did not want to lose the place for

their motorcycles. The Barcelona History museum wanted to restore the ancient roman aqueduct, visible in one of the two squares. The challenge of the project is to give the public space back to citizens, increase the number of playgrounds in the city centre and emphasize the presence of the aqueduct while replacing the bikers’ parking lot.

Circulation Sojourn Urban built linked


1. Trading plan 1/900 2.First sketchs 3. Executive plan 1/500


he proposal consists of the division of the space into three areas. In the south a circulation edge that joins

the two squares. In both square centres, a sojourn space that presides the squares: a playground; and a shadowed parterre. The third area is more connected to the urban built activities: in the west one, a space dedicated to the aqueduct that shows the entrance of a new public equipment - women’s house -;an arranged area for a restaurant terrace in th east.

1. Motorbike replacement 2. Cross sections 1/200



1. New 8th May “women’s day” Square 2. Street works

1. Aqueduct and future entrance of “women’s house”



1. “Isidre Nonell” Square 2. Top View 3. Special terrace zone

1. Path 2. View from the path


Preventive Urbanism Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. (2010 ...)

Projects and woks Dep.- Aj. Barcelona Mariona Nubials, Carles Tuca and Eduard Valencoso


reventive urbanism is a city council measure that tries to reduce certain uncivil-considered behaviours and

conducts that the most part of voters find undesirable. Furtive urinations, to sleep in the street, to do drugs and, generally, unrespectable actions that entail an undue appropriation of the public space or imply social exclusion are examples of conducts that preventive urbanism attempt to avoid. Must be said that is difficult not to say impossible to eradicate some behaviours without social services support.

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1. Public urinary prototype 2. city centre fence and playground

1. Rose Square intrevention 2. Artistic space in a cul-de-sac 3. Poetry reading space



Annex Exhibition at CCCB



Exhibition at CCCB Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. (2009)

Working Group: David Domínguez, Hugo Hernández and Carles Tuca


me3 is an Architecture Festival that takes place every two years in Barcelona. Collapse, in every level:

economic, ecologic and social was 2009 festival’s subject. «Xarxa Delicada» -Delicate network- passed a selection to be exhibited at the CCCB museum “Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona”. The installation plays with shape to express collapse. It consists of a closed and stable structure of lineal elements made with wooden sticks that CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona)

represents reality. FAD The simplest structure that obeys these MACBA (Foment de les Arts i del Disseny)

(Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona)

conditions was an element formed by four segments that crossed one with each other, at least, three times. We considered this structure a Fractal: An element that could be Amb el suport de:

repeated infinite times to create bigger structures that have Departament de Medi Ambient i Habitatge Departament de Cultura i Mitjans de Comunicació

the same properties.


1. Exhibition poster 2. Prototype


asically we represented two types of nets. The first one is more extensive and flat. Fractals share their elements

to generate the net. This kind of net attempts to represent how oriental societies and philosophies work. Oriental society and its dynamics have much more collective spirit than others. The second net is compact and cloud-shaped. It has a more hierarchal structure where fractals work one after the other, but not together. They don’t share the content but the container. This kind of net is like occidental societies are. They tend to create more egoist, selfish and solitary dynamics.

1. Oriental network 2. Occidental network 3. Xarxa Delicada



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