Torre Júlia, assisted living housing. Pau Vidal, Sergi Pons, Ricard Galiana

The Torre Júlia explores a mixed-user typology that combines housing and service uses, stacking up apartments for the elderly and related services. The resulting complex provides greater autonomy for the elderly residents and lower managment costs for the public administration. The careful design of the common spaces translates into better quality of life for the occupants by promoting socializing and community activities. The Torre Júlia is located in the foothills of Collserola, on a property that was expropiated to build the Ronda de Dalt ring road, part of the urban transformation spurred by the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona. Sited at the end of the Via Julia, one of the main commercial streets in the Nous Barris neighbourhood, the tower forms part of a giant block of public facilities, which includes two schools, the Montañesa soccier field, a planned swimming pool and an nursing home.