© José Hevia
Wood facades are seldom in Spain. Due to fear of fire hazards and scorching heat in summer leading to rapid deterioration, wood is not the first choice in building materials. This is slowly changing. Related discussions on resource saving and sustainable construction are also changing the image of the city. Thus, the municipality shared the risk of building the community centre on the northern edge of Barcelona as a near complete wood structure. The warm tones of the larch siding contrast with the stone-clad surroundings that typically characterise Barcelona. In the interiors, light coloured and warm surfaces made of pine prevail. Only the load bearing elements in part consist of steel, due to the long spans in some spaces.