University For Administration "Esade"
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Area: 20000 m²
Features: Precast colored reinforced concrete
Client: Jesuit Order
Author: Manuel Nunez Yanowsky, Elena Pawlowsky
Date and phase: Project and construction 1993-1995

ESADE, the University for Administration and Management, is situated in one of the most beautiful residential areas of Barcelona in Spain.  V-shaped, its main façade takes the exact rounded shape of the street and reveals, behind the building, a garden with plants typical of Mediterranean countries.

The main entrance looks on to a “cathedral atrium”, ogival shaped, and traversed by an overhead footbridge. Owing to the mirror effect, the footbridge seems to be without boundaries. The construction method adopted was architectonic precasting, using small moulds. 

The heavy precasting technique was adopted instead of the traditional Spanish method of using burnt clay (which is said to create problems with acoustics). The use of concrete eliminated this problem, which is of particular significance for university buildings.

The concrete pieces for ESADE are full body coloured pink. This colour is well adopted to the environment of the “sunny” city.