Police Station of Catalan Police in Gracia District

Technical data

Intervention level: Scheme Design, Detail Design and Site Supervision.
Client: Department of Interior, Government of Catalonia.
Location: Barcelona
Project year: 2004
Construction period: 2005
Total built: 2.787 m²
Budget: 4.550.896,23 €
Construction company: PAI
Other technical:

  • Collaboration with *
  • Josep M. Oller, Enric Peña, technical architects.
  • JG & Asociados, engineers, installations consultancy.
  • Miquel Angel Sala, architect, structure consultancy.


  • ARCHITECTURE OF PUBLIC FACILITIES IN CATALONIA. 2000-2010. Government of Catalonia. Department of Planning and Public Works. Barcelona 2010.
  • TASARIM Nº182, Tasarim Yayingrubu. Istanbul, Turkey 2008.
  • CATALONIA COSTRUCTION AWARDS 2007. College of Technical Architects of Barcelona. Barcelona 2007.
  • A10 NEW EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE. #11. A10 Media BV. Die Keure, Brugge, Belgium, 2006.
  • INDE INFORMACIÓN Y DEBATE. January 2006 College of Architects of Catalonia. Barcelona, 2006.

Awards: Catalonia Construction Awards by College of Technical Architects of Barcelona. Longlisted in the Category: Site Architects and Construction.


Within the grounds of the former military hospital in Barcelona designed and built the building for the “Autonomous Police” in the neighborhood of Gracia. Topographically is characterized by the presence of two separate platform by a major natural slope of about 15 meters of altitude and respectively associated with Esteve Terrades Street, the most extensive and highest, and the Military Hospital Avenue strip at hand and where it is located the building. The latter, provides guidance and ordering this from the “Special Plan” by a succession of independent volumetric bodies, alternating with square yards, thus providing greater visual permeability into the enclosure and place value on the wooded slope in the background .

These characteristics of the place in line with planning regulations and program requirements, define the origin of project proposals: first, the desire to minimize the visual impact to the wooded profile of the back, and secondly, the spaciousness intentions, respect and public reception accessed from the Military Hospital Avenue.

The answer to this double desire was born the idea that forms the building, that is, the volumetric sliding toward the front suspension without spoiling the whole unit reading is reinforced by the use of a single stone material, hampered by a regular geometric and structural mesh providing an image of sincerity

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