The project of affordable homes for young people and the space of the Colla Castellera Jove de Barcelona constructed in the old Fabra i Coats industrial complex in the district of Sant Andreu del Palomar has been recognised at the 2021 FAD Architecture and Interior Design Prizes. The FAD Prizes are among Europe’s oldest and most prestigious in this sphere, and yesterday their 63th edition was held in the Auditorium of the Barcelona Disseny HUB. This year there were 21 finalist projects in the various categories, selected among the 368 works submitted to the competition.
In the 2021 edition, the FAD Prizes jury wanted to acknowledge projects capable of defining new scenarios for private and collective life, and reflected on the possibilities of construction materials and systems, paying particular attention to sustainability. For this reason, in all the categories prizes have been awarded to works of rehabilitation or reuse of existing spaces.
In regard to the project by Miguel Roldán and Mercè Berengué at Can Fabra, the focus was on its capacity of reconverting an old factory into social housing, rehabilitating and conserving the industrial heritage and not only creating individual homes but also vertebrating a collective space which creates a sense of community. The jury also emphasised how this operation, a pioneering work in our setting, has taken into account sustainability and integration with the surroundings, using wood in the structures, a material with a very low environmental impact which also becomes a thermal envelope for the building.
Another recognition for Can Fabra
With this prize, the Can Fabra development of affordable homes for young people receives one more recognition. In 2021 it has won the first prize for multi-family housing at the AIT-Award, and last year it received the Advanced Architecture Awards 2020 and the 2020 Mapei Prize. These awards have acknowledged the architectural, social and environmental aspects of an innovative project which aims to create affordable, quality housing while conserving the industrial heritage.