April 10, 2017

RCR Arquitectes Contributes Sleek Cor-Ten Pavilion to Tussols Athletics Park

RCR Arquitectes’s Cor-Ten steel pavilion in Olot, Spain, services an facility that includes a rubber-surfaced running track. Photography by Simón García.

Evincing the monolithic qualities of a Richard Serra sculpture, Cor-Ten steel and a low-slung form define the Tussols Athletics Park’s new pavilion. And the whole park turns out to be the work of a trio whose profile is rising in the design world to a level equivalent to Serra’s in art: RCR Arquitectes principals Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta just won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The terrace’s strips of Cor-Ten steel. Photography by Simón García.

The pavilion is a substantial 160,000 square feet. “But we thought the Cor-Ten steel could make it almost disappear,” Pigem explains. Deference to maintaining the beauty of the surrounding environment—an oak forest near Barcelona, in Olot, Spain—was a prime consideration. The running track, long-jump pit, and soccer field have all been sited, whenever possible, in existing clearings.

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