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Carlos Ferrater


Biography

A native of Barcelona, Carlos Ferrater (1944) has worked mainly in Spain. Active since the early seventies, he founded the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) in 2006 with Xavier Martí, Lucía Ferrater and Borja Ferrater.

On the whole his work reveals a highly personal path and vocabulary of construction, starting with “a number of mechanisms based on order (...) on a great capacity to adequately resolve the intricate spaces inside the building with a limited repertory of formal elements” (Montaner). 

Very attentive to colours, details and “geometry as a tool for creating a harmonious relationship between natural and artificial elements” (Treccani), Ferrater’s work may be divided into phases. 

An initial formative period (including the housing complexes in Sant Just Desvern, 1974-1978) was followed by the constructions of the eighties, including significant architectural solutions: the El Port building (1980) and the Guix de la Meda home (1984), both in Girona, and the apartment building at Carrer Bertràn 67 in Barcelona (1982).

His third phase of full maturity lead to construction of works such as the town market in Sitges (1986), Estartit yacht club (1991) and Hotel J. Carlos I, also in Barcelona (1992). 

These are constructions which strive “to achieve synthesis and greater simplicity” and, in the case of Hotel Juan Carlos, to create fascinating dramatic effects.

In the past two decades Ferrater and his studio have concentrated primarily on large-scale constructions and major infrastructure projects (though he has also produced minor projects in the minimalist style, primarily residential buildings). 

In Barcelona he designed the Eixample housing complex (1992), the Botanical Gardens (built in 1998 and ‘99, though the concept dates back to a decade earlier), and the Congress Centre (2000). Other projects in Spain include the Intermodal Station in Zaragoza (2003) and Murcia Airport (2012).

Carlos Ferrater selected works

- Aeroporto, Murcia (Spagna), 2012
- Due appartamenti, Bilbao (Spagna), 2011
- Science Park, Granada (Spagna), 2008
- Torre Aquileia, Jesolo, Venezia (Italia), 2008
- Edifici intermodali e multimodali dell’aeroporto di Barcellona (Spagna), 2007
- Auditorio e Palazzo dei Congressi, Castellón (Spagna), 2004
- Stazione intermodale Saragozza-Delicias, Saragozza (Spagna), 2003
- Centro Servizi sociali, Barcellona (Spagna), 2003
- Giardino Botanico, Barcellona (Spagna), 1999
- Palazzo dei Congressi di Catalogna, Barcellona (Spagna), 2000
- Studi cinematografici Arruga, Sant Just Desvern (Spagna), 1997
- Centro Fitness, Barcellona (Spagna), 1996
- Scuola, Lloret, Girona (Spagna), 1996
- Casa studio, Llamapies, Girona (Spagna), 1993
- Tre complessi residenziali, Barcellona (Spagna), 1992
- Hotel Juan Carlos I, Barcellona (Spagna), 1992
- Casa Guix de la Meda, Girona (Spagna), 1984
- Edificio ad appartamenti in Bertràn 67, Barcellona (Spagna), 1982
- Edificio El Port, Girona (Spagna), 1980
- Complesso di appartamenti, Sant Just Desvern (Spagna), 1977

Official site

www.ferrater.com

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