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La Tabacalera, the tobacco factory, is an iconic building in Tarragona that, despite the intense activity of its past, is today empty and awaiting new uses. In 2017, the municipality of Tarragona launched a competition in search of strategies for shaping the city’s new cultural hub.

The scale of the intervention, similar to the British Museum in London, required projecting the proposal over 30 years. The first phases, however, already shift the common city axes and foster connection with the river, following its flow and locating the museum on the north face of the plot. The building is progressively incorporating other uses and widening the permeability of the plot in the east – west direction.


Location: Tarragona, Tarragona

Floor Area: 59.700 m2

Year: 2017

Collaborators: TDI Enginyers - Enginieers

Josep Domingo - Architect

Pau Serra - Architect

Jordi Ferran - Architect

Pablo Herranz - Architect

Daniel Lorenzo - Architect

Iván Pino - Technical Architect

Jesús Escolano - Technical Architect

Anna Boltà - Junior Architect

Josuè Aguadè - Architect Student

Andreu Melgar - Classic Archeologist

Daniel Solés - Librarian

Judith Prast - Archeologist

Josep Carod - Economist

LoCa Studio Architects Barcelona
LoCa Studio Architects Barcelona
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