CLIENT:INFRAESTRUCTURES 2004, BARCELONA CITY COUNCIL
For Barcelona, the actions connected to the 2004 Universal Cultures Forum involved a great reconstruction operation in an area of the city that was mainly residential until recently. The area covers 214 hectares and includes the renovation of important metropolitan infrastructures, the conversion of the Besós treatment plant, the creation of the new Besós marina and the implementation of a new central area with hotels, conference centres, shopping centres, offices and homes. By straightening the coastline and reclaiming land from the sea, the end purpose is to recover land for the city and to create a focus of activity of great potential, given its excellent location at the meeting point of major roads and infrastructures.
In this ambit, Esteyco participated in various projects relating to the main area – the landscaping of the esplanade, the covering of the Ronda Litoral, the Sailing School, the auditorium and the photovoltaic pergola.
The landscaping project, undertaken in collaboration with the architects Elías Torres and J A Martínez Lapeña, covers an area of some 90 hectares. The main feature is the existence of a raised floor on the treatment plant roof structure and the Ronda Litoral housing a complex system of utilities to provide maximum flexibility for future use. Coloured paving and flower beds extend over the raised floor to give the final finish to the plaza.