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Good Practice 2017
Category: Spaces, products and services already in use

Provisional Urbanization of the Industrial Enclosure at Can Batlló

Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, SLP


Logo of Batlle i Roig Arquitectura Photos before and after executing the project

The Can Batlló industrial complex is located in the core of Sants-Montjuïc district of Barcelona, in La Bordeta neighbourhood. It comprises 9 hectares, which equals a third of the neighbourhood’s surface.

The textile industry, which was the economic engine of the area at the beginning of the 20th century, became a problem due to its activity decline in the 70's and generated a great barrier obstructing La Bordeta’’s connectivity.

Within this context, the enclosure gave birth to a new ‘trade city’ consisting of different workshops rented out to 200 different small businesses.

In 2008 a new planning and urbanization project is commissioned to Batlle i Roig studio. Unlike previous plans that cut off the enclosure with new vials, Batlle i Roig proposal completes the Parcerisa street up to the Gran Via and preserves a large green area in the enclosure’s center, where the rehabilitation of industrial historical buildings was foreseen. In the park’s perimeter, housing units are arranged adapting to the urban context. The proposal is completed with a second set of facilities and free space around the modernist building of the old Magoria station.

However, the impact of the economic crisis stalled the whole process until the 11th of June 2011, when a local neighbour association broke into the enclosure and organized leisure protest sessions in order to regenerate and recover the complex (even if it had to be done with its own resources). Therefore, Batlleiroig resumed the provisional urbanization project. The works finished in 2015, giving back the complex prominent role within the district’s activity.

Despite the high patrimonial value of the whole, the previous state of Can Batlló enclosure did not ensure the necessary security and accessibility conditions, and its urban infrastructure was not prepared for a social use.

The proposal, which opens up to the city, is based on a municipal commission that emerged from the enormous citizen impulse.

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