WASTE TREATMENT FACILITY OF VALLÈS OCCIDENTAL AREA
The Waste Treatment Facility (CTRV, in Spanish) is located on a hillside overlooking the Coll Cardús massif in the municipality of Vacarisses, which is in the Vallès Occidental district.
This site is currently occupied by a controlled waste landfill site that is near its capacity limit. Because of this fact, its managing body is considering a regulated closure of the facility and is studying possible future uses of the area. The CTRV location was chosen by taking into account various criteria regarding logistical and economic suitability as well as the minimization of environmental impact resulting from the waste management installation and its operations .
The activity of the landfill site has led to unfriendly topographical alterations and modifications in the natural environment. For this reason, we decided to establish the facilities in those areas where the landfill activity had already damaged the natural environment. Despite the size of the plant facilities, the project intends to achieve maximum landscape integration with the environment. In order to achieve this goal, we are pursuing maximum topographical adaptation by minimizing the impact from roofs and facades through the subsequent landscape restoration.
The project involves the construction of two large treatment areas under a large roof. These areas, which are separated by a driveway, are of different heights and situated at different levels. This is the reason why the roof changes its geometry according to the programs and dimensions of each facility.
The roof will fulfil a variety of requirements such as forced air vents and skylights, among others. They will also blend together by means of a graphic structure that can be transformed into a landscaped roof.
The various circles contain earth, gravel, and native groundcovers and shrubs. Over time, they will balance the impact of the facility without resorting to camouflage or mimicry.
AUTHORS ENRIC BATLLE DURANY, JOAN ROIG DURAN, ARCHITECTS
CLIENT CONSORCI PER LA GESTIÓ DELS RESIDUS DEL VALLÈS OCCIDENTAL
COLLABORATORS XAVIER RAMONEDA, MARIO SÚÑER, ARCHITECTS / IDEMA, ENGINEERING