Projecte Home Catalunya is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded in 1995 that promotes people’s autonomy through the treatment, prevention and awareness of addictions in Catalonia. They have helped more than 22,000 people with addiction problems. They are a team of 160 professionals, between workers and volunteers with centres in Barcelona, Montgat, Montcada i Reixac, Tarragona, Tremp, Tortosa and Balaguer.
The entity aims to improve efficiency in the care, treatment and socio-labour reintegration of people with addictions and their families, as well as carry out greater prevention of addictions in Catalonia, with an innovative and inclusive will, economic sustainability and with a greater capacity for advocacy and social transformation.
With the Horizon 2022 Project, the Home Project Catalunya entity seeks to culminate a process of innovation to be more efficient in tackling addictions.
The specific objectives in which the main lines of the Horizon 2022 Project are set out are the consolidated growth in Catalonia, increasing the knowledge of the organisation in Catalan society, increasing the social sphere, improving the entity’s self-awareness and deepening knowledge management. The schedule of actions is structured over four years until the year 2022.
2019 was a year of diagnosis in which a strategic plan was implemented to improve the entity’s information systems, the Service of Attention to Addictions in the Lleida-Pyrenees region was deployed, specifically in the town of Balaguer, and the First Aid Service in Barcelona was strengthened.
The current year has been aimed at the following actions: consolidating the Socio-Labour Insertion Service in the country, strengthening universal prevention also in the country and strengthening all teams by increasing the number of staff. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the entity to meet new needs in order to to adapt the different programmes and services to the new reality in a context of health, social and economic crisis.
For 2021, it is planned to deploy a Communication Plan, to consolidate the Addictions Care Service in the Lleida-Pyrenees region (Balaguer) and to start prospecting in the province of Girona for the creation of the Addiction Care Service in this area in 2022.
The Bosch Aymerich Foundation, with its commitment to the work of Home Project Catalunya and the field of health and education, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Gresol Foundation-Home Project to contribute to this Horizon 2022 Innovation Project for efficiency in the approach to addictions.
The agreement was signed on 25 March 2020 and was attended by Elena Cabarrocas, Patron, Antonio Bosch, Patron and Rafael Faus, Director of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, as well as Oriol Esculies, Director of Home Project Catalonia and Jordi Feu, Director of the Management and Communication Area of the Gresol Foundation-Home Project.
Participatory opera is a project that aims to focus a passion for arts in secondary school students on opera and to encourage them to actively take part in a show.
The Monster in the Maze aims to bring opera to secondary school students through music, acting and movement.
The opera “The Monster in the Maze” is a reinterpretation of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur from a collective and participatory creation in which hundreds of young singers from various schools in the city of Barcelona share the stage with professional musicians and performing artists. It is a story of determination and survival that leads us to situate the action in the present, creating a parallel with the migration and refugee problems that are so affecting our society.
The overall artistic experience that young people will have for themselves will be very positive and impacting. The theme of the work and Paco Azorín’s interpretation of it, allow a comprehensive training project to be developed that involves various areas of knowledge, beyond the artistic and musical, and raises awareness to current reality.
Within its areas of activity, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation aims at education and culture. On 21 February, a collaboration agreement was therefore signed with the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation.
The event was attended by the Patron Elena Cabarrocas, and the Manager Rafael Faus, from the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, and General Manager Valentí Oviedo and Director Helena Roca of Sponsorship, Patronage and Events from the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation.
700 High School Certificate and Baccalaureate students, 20 schools, 50 members of the Oriol Martorell Children's Embryo Choir, 50 members of the Bruckner Choir's Embryo Youth Choir and 50 members of the Adult Embryo Choir of the Coral Càrmina are taking part in this edition.
The première of the opera, scheduled for 24 March, and the corresponding performances were cancelled because of the security measures established by the Government of Catalonia for the prevention of the coronavirus, and the Department of Education of the Government of Catalonia called for the suspension of all activities, bar educational and curricular, organised by schools outside the centre and which involve students from various schools simultaneously.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, after the fire suffered in 1994, a hidden treasure has been rehabilitated.
For more than 80 years, the stained glass windows that illustrate one of Wagner's great works in the lobby of the Cercle del Liceu can now be seen from Carrer Sant Pau.
Restoration work on the façade of the Gran Teatre del Liceu has been carried out by the architect Xavier Fabré.
The stained glass windows of the Cercle del Liceu facing Carrer Sant Pau had been covered with wooden shutters since 1930. They could only be seen from inside the Cercle.
The great new development will be the intervention of lighting; in this sense the Bosch Aymerich Foundation has collaborated with the Gran Teatre del Liceu by providing an economic fund for the lighting of stained glass. Depending on the occasion and celebration, the façade of the Liceu will have different colours through the effect of the LED lights.
The project has not yet been developed. Different alternatives are being studied and are expected to be implemented throughout 2021.
On 27 September the opening ceremony of “Espai Bosch Aymerich” was held
at the Cap Sa Sal residential complex. The event, which coincided with the
annual meeting of the architects of the Girona COAC demarcation, was attended
by the president of the community, Mr. Xavier-García Milà, who made a
presentation of the history of Cap Sa Sal, by the Patron of the Bosch Aymerich
Foundation, Mr. José Antonio Pérez Melón, who made a mention of the figure of
its creator, and by the president of the Girona COAC demarcation, Mr. Marc
Riera and the Mayoress of Begur, Ms. Maite Selva.
The Espai Bosch Aymerich was created out of the interest of the members
of the Community of Proprietors, who wanted to create a space that would keep
the CREATOR and his WORK together for life.
The Community has original plans presented to the Council and that were
respected in its construction, as well as a large photographic dossier of the
different phases of construction of the building, some of which have been
included in the Espai Bosch Aymerich. The Bosch Aymerich Foundation has
provided the reproduction of the model of Cap Sa Sal to be displayed in
conjunction with the maps and photographs from the community archive
Cap Sa Sal is located on the Begur coastline, where on 4 July 1963,
after 8 years of great works, given the topographic and massive nature of this
architecture, a luxury hotel was opened.
Cap Sa Sal was conceived as a luxury hotel, where great figures of the
time, such as the former Empress Soraya (the wife of the Shah of Persia), and
internationally renowned artists such as actor Rock Hudson and the musician Xavier
Cugat were accommodated, and which hosted performances by Júlio Iglesias and
Raphael. Its image and reputation made it a setting for films of the time such
as “El turismo es un gran invento”, “La dinamita está servida” or “Some girls
do”, among others. After 1979, the hotel had to change its activity, given its
economic status, and it was then that a new business plan was proposed and the
building was turned into a private residential complex, now run by its own
community of proprietors.
50 years later, the appearance of its impressive façade on the cliff mound where it is located, at the beginning of the Ses Negres Marine Reserve, remains the same, although its activity has been transformed.
Cap Sa Sal residential complex, Begur, Girona (1968)
THE PROLIFIC TRAJECTORY OF A VISIONARY REVEALED AT THE ALT EMPORDÀ DELEGATION OF THE COAC
The exhibition presented a
selection of projects by the architect, engineer and entrepreneur Josep Maria
Bosch Aymerich, from the documentary collection that the Fundació Privada Bosch
Aymerich, which manages his legacy, has conceded to the COAC Historical Archive
On 20 February
2019, the Alt Empordà Delegation of the College of Architects of Catalonia
(COAC) in Figueres hosted the inauguration of the exhibition “Col·leccions COAC / Josep Maria Bosch Aymerich”.The exhibition specifically included the “leisure
and tourism” section, which used models, plans, drawings and photographs
to present the projects of the Hotel Cap Sa Sal in Begur (1955-1963) , the
unrealised project of the Flotel (floating hotel) (1978), the Chalet for Mr.
Bloch, and the Masella. Pirineu de Girona ski resort (1965-1967).
The event was
attended by Mr.Roger Subirà, architect and curator of the
exhibition, who reviewed Bosch Aymerich's professional career as an architect,
engineer and entrepreneur.
“Col·leccions COAC / Josep
Maria Bosch Aymerich”
The exhibition, which opened on 8
November 2018 at the COAC exhibition hall in Barcelona, presented the figure
and work of Bosch Aymerich within the set of 20th century architecture in our
country. And it did so through four large sections: “large clients”, “corporate
landscapes”, “leisure and tourism” and “social services”. The display was
produced from a collection of models, plans, drawings and photographs selected
from documents that the Bosch Aymerich Private Foundation ceded to the COAC
The centre in Figueres displayed
the section of leisure and tourism, which focuses on the central years of the
work of Bosch Aymerich that coincide with the great explosion of the tourist
industry in Spain.
These projects present a greater
stylistic diversity and formal freedom. Projects full of optimism that include
peculiarities and curiosities such as a large floating tourist complex with
architecture clearly influenced by the utopian architectures of the Archigrams
of the sixties.
Large tourist complexes were also
revealed with interesting architectural complexes of organic growth and spatial
deployment, especially on the Andalusian Costa del Sol, typical of the sixties
and seventies, mixed with elements of Mediterranean vernacular architectures.
This space highlighted works such
Hotel Cap Sa Sal,
The topographic and massive nature
of this architecture, in which Rubió i Tudurí worked as a landscaper and Josep
Guinovart as a muralist, shows one of the clearest examples of the early
tourist development in our country.
Masella, Pirineu de Girona, ski
Many of his family homes are second
homes and some of the most successful examples of his architecture, to such an
extent that some were included in the Docomomo Ibérico catalogue of modern
AN EXCEPTIONAL FIGURE IN THE ARCHITECTURAL
PANORAMA OF THE 20TH CENTURY IN CATALONIA
Josep Maria Bosch Aymerich
(1917-2015) was a brilliant student. He combined his studies in engineering and
architecture - completed in record time - with his directorship of the Humet
school for student reinforcement.
His achievements as a student
allowed him to be a delegate for the National Institute of Industry in the
United States, where he completed his training at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and met the main figures of the modern movement.
In 1947, he
returned to Barcelona as the technical director of the Zona Franca, where he
played a key role in establishing the SEAT factory.
In 1953, he
joined Frederic H. Harris - the American engineering giant responsible for oil
installations in the Persian Gulf - and created Harris Bosch Aymerich SA, with
whom he undertook works such as the motorway network of the Basque Country,
the dock of the Port of Barcelona and the American bases.
He also founded companies and
institutions such as the North American Study Institute and Banco Madrid.
difficulties in achieving large commissions in Catalonia, he left notable
buildings such as the Hotel Cap Sa Sal in Begur, the housing complex
for Seat workers on the Paseo de la Zona Franca, the North American
Study Institute on Via Augusta, the L'Aliança clinic and the head
offices of the Hoechst chemical company on Travessera de Gràcia, all four
in Barcelona. Moreover, some of the key projects of his career, such as a skyscraper
in Plaça Catalunya, never saw the light due to the opposition of the
As a developer,
he pioneered the importation into Spain of the American model of extensive
residential suburbs in sectors such as La Moraleja. He was also a key figure in
the tourist development of the Spanish coast, especially southern Spain and the
Catalan Pyrenees, where he founded the Masella ski resort. Until his
death, his table was full of great projects, such as those of districts
developed by him in Madrid, Manchester and London.
In 2018 an agreement was signed with the College of Architects to exhibit a selection of projects by the architect, engineer and businessman José María Bosch Aymerich, from part of the documentary collection that the Bosch Aymerich Private Foundation, which manages his legacy, cedes to the COAC Historical Archive.
On 8 November 2018, the College of Architects of Catalonia inaugurated the exhibition "COAC Collections / José María Bosch Aymerich", which showed a collection of models, plans, drawings and photographs selected from the collection of documents that the Bosch Aymerich Private Foundation ceded to the COAC Historical Archive.
Corporate buildings, tourist complexes, ports, airports, hospitals, housing developments, military bases, motorway networks, among others, make up a professional curriculum which has more than 500 projected works in more than fifteen countries.
In this exhibition, divided into four parts ("large customers", "corporate landscapes", "leisure and tourism" and "social services"), a selection of twenty-two projects was presented -such as the never-built skyscraper in Barcelona's Plaza Cataluña, the Cap sa Sal Hotel in Begur, the "Toblerone" building in Almería or the building for Banco Madrid in the Paseo de la Castellana- with which the aim was to contribute to situating his figure and work in 20th century architecture in our country as a whole.
22 projects in 4 spaces to explain a prolific work
Such a vast trajectory cannot be presented in a single exhibition. However, the College of Architects has selected twenty-two projects to illustrate a very broad professional curriculum. The exhibition has been organised into four spaces for this.
1.- Large Customers
The customer list of Harris Bosch Aymerich SA reaches around one hundred and fifty companies, institutions and governments worldwide.
The versatility of Bosch Aymerich was key and defines his professional career. Thus, for the same customer, everything from industrial facilities and large infrastructures to emblematic buildings for corporate headquarters and residential neighbourhoods for workers could be resolved with equal professionalism. In fact, the portfolio of products offered was classified in a list of up to fifteen different categories.
In this space there were projects for customers such as:
SEAT: housing complex for workers on the Paseo de la Zona Franca in Barcelona (1953)
United States Army: military airports and all types of buildings on Spanish bases, including single-family homes for high-ranking personnel (1950 and 1956)
Free Trade Zone and the Port of Barcelona: from quays and oil pipelines to road and railway accesses to the Morrot Zone. Proposal for a large residential development project on the maritime side of Montjuïc (1966). The project was not carried out.
CIA Andaluza de Minas, Almería: warehouse to handle iron ore, known as the "Toblerone", an emblematic building that for years determined the urban landscape of the city’s port area. In order to exhibit this project we have to thank the collaboration of the Diario de Almería for providing front pages where the building was published and to the Provincial Historical Archive of Almería for the contribution of documentation on the project.
2.- Corporate landscapes
Bosch Aymerich helped to build some of the highest quality urban landscapes in our city centres with his buildings. Landscapes characterised by great corporate architectures that, while they may have been ignored by critics, are well recognised by citizens. In the Castellana of Madrid, the Diagonal beyond Francesc Macià or the upper part of the Via Augusta, the buildings of Bosch Aymerich are very present in the public imagination.
Some examples that could be seen in this space are:
Transatlantic Commercial Bank, Barcelona (1968)
Hoechst Ibérica, in Travessera de Gracia 47, Barcelona (1961)
Building in Plaça Francesc Macià, Barcelona (1958) - project not undertaken
Institute for North American Studies. Via Augusta 123, Barcelona (1960)
Building in Carrera de San Jerónimo 15 and 17, Madrid (1964)
Bank of Madrid Building in paseo Castellana, 51, Madrid (1978). Currently headquarters of La Caixa.
S.O.V. police station. (Currently General Directorate of Insurance), in Paseo de la Castellana, 44, Madrid (1974-1977)
Skyscraper in Plaza Cataluña, Barcelona (1958 and 1961) - project not undertaken
The most important building in Bosch Aymerich’s trayectory. In its various versions, it constitutes an interesting reflection on the capacity of architecture to create centrality. Its approach, more Anglo-Saxon than continental European, contributed to the fact that the project never saw the light, but the drawings and models make it possible to imagine an alternative version to one of Barcelona's most emblematic urban landscapes.
3.- Leisure and Tourism
The middle years of Bosch Aymerich's work correspond to the great explosion of the tourism industry in Spain.
It is among these projects where we will find more stylistic diversity and more formal freedom. These are optimistic projects that include quirks and curiosities such as a large floating tourist complex with architecture clearly influenced by Archigram's utopian architectures of the 1960s.
We will also find, especially on the Andalusian Costa del Sol, large tourist complexes with interesting architectural ensembles of organic growth and spatial displays, as was typical of the 1960s and 1970s, mixed with elements of Mediterranean vernacular architectures.
In these spaces we highlight works such as:
- Hotel Cap sa Sal, Begur (1955-1963).
The topographical and massive character of this architecture, in which Rubió collaborated as a landscape architect and Josep Guinovart as a muralist, is one of the clearest examples of a first moment of tourist development in our country.
- Ski resort of Masella, Alp, Das and Urís (1965-1967).
Many of their single-family homes are second homes and constitute some of the most successful examples of their architecture, to the point that some of them entered the modern architecture catalogue of the Iberian Docomomo.
4.- Social Services
In spite of being less defining typologies of his career, there are architectures of great quality and excellent functional resolution.
The problem of solving housing for the most disadvantaged classes always worried him, and he went so far as to promote minimal housing neighbourhoods at a very affordable cost, in England.
He designed almost thirty schools all over Spain, but the buildings destined for the health sector stand out especially: clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. He built hospitals both in Spain and in the Persian Gulf countries.
His amenity buildings are characterised by their impeccable functionality and by architecture of great constructive solvency and formal dignity. The project drawings demonstrate his interest for detail and the integration of technical elements into the architecture, from the first stages of when the building is created. Surely it is in these typologies where the most benefit is derived from a total integration between engineering and architecture.
Some of these buildings achieve very notable formal results and have a great urban presence. Among others, we find:
Puerta de Hierro Hospital, Madrid (1957-1964)
The chapel of the hospital has received the maximum heritage protection, but in spite of its quality, the building is in a state of total abandonment.
Quinta de Salut L’Aliança, Barcelona
Visitors and media repercussions
Of the 17 COAC Exhibitions organised by the Association of Architects of Catalonia, this has been the exhibition with the most visitors and which has had the greatest impact on the written and digital press.
We at the Foundation are very happy that this has been the case, in order to make the figure and work of our founder, José María Bosch Aymerich, better known.
The works to enclose the terrace / porch in the Bellesguard Tower of Gaudí were finished in February 2016, creating a closed space in the exterior that facilitates events being undertaken to promote this great work of Antoni Gaudí, which on the other hand, is unknown by many.
Contribution: € 33,000
"Creation of the Bosch Aymerich space in Gaudí's Bellesguard Tower"
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