Remodelling of the Banc Sabadell main office in Sabadell, Barcelona
Banc Sabadell was once a local bank and was founded in the city of the same name near Barcelona. The bank has recently undergone remarkable growth and now has a strong presence in Spain and abroad.
Our task was to modernise the bank’s historic headquarters, the place where it was born.
A number of issues were raised by this undertaking:
1.The relationship between the new and the old. Since the entire building is old, we had to proceed with a complex blend of historical restoration, functional and technical improvements (without a physical presence) and new additions.
2. An interior requires painstaking care over the details. This is what we have attempted to achieve.
3. It is a subtle task (and ought to be so), though the reconsideration of the space and its physical characteristics—the natural lighting, the acoustics and the transparency—is radical.
This is a project that has (and ought to have) the intensity and subtlety of a sonata by Schubert but does not (nor should it) have the grandiosity and stridency of a symphony by Mahler.
Josep LLuís Mateo
Typology: Office building
Surface: 3,486 m2
Site: Plaça Sant Roc, 20. Sabadell (Barcelona)
Photo: Pedro Pegenaute and Beat Marugg