Telecommunications Market Commission
Batlle / Roig Architects   May 07.2016


The building for the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) is situated in the 22@ district. In this case, the building forms part of a complex, 22@ Business Park, developed by Grupo Castellví and containing a large business complex of over 41,000 m2 of offices and hotels, delimited by four streets: Bolivia, Ciutat de Granada, Sancho d'Àvila and Badajoz.
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The CMT building stands on a long, narrow site that presents its main façade to Carrer Bolivia and is delimited to either side by a passage. One of the old Can Tiana factory buildings stands at the centre of the site, and the project sets out to recover and incorporate it into the CMT's functional programme. The main volume comprises three basement floors for car parking and eleven floors above grade with offices and services. The ground floor, providing the function of access and entrance, connects with the old mill building, the original structure of which is conserved as an auditorium with capacity for 330 persons, a large meeting room and services for CMT employees. The roof of the mill was adapted for use and connects with the first floor.

The main volume, containing the offices, is organized around a central nucleus of entrances and services, and the workstations are laid out around it, making full use of the spatial freedom enjoyed by a building that opens out on all four sides. This allowed us to explore a volumetric formalization that sets the building apart from its surroundings, highlighting its lengthwise asymmetry and ncreasing its height in relation to the axis of the street.
This formal freedom produces a singular form, faceting the faces of the building and moulding it as a unique, recognisable piece that finds its reason for being in an innovative relation between exterior nd interior.

The variation and superposition of exterior spaces and workspaces serve to direct the volume owards the old factory and establish a subtle, utilitarian relation. The distant presence of the sea and a south-facing orientation determine the correct position of the terraces.

The decision to bring a unitary treatment to the building's outer appearance led us to protect its façade using a horizontal slat system throughout its volume that continues over the old factory, connecting the two. The slats serve to cover the upper terraces and installations, and form an wning at the ground floor entrance.


Lat: 41.3948
Lng: 2.14877
Region: Europe
Scale: Building
Field: Compositive
City: Paris