Las Arenas

A large monumental archway and fabulous yellow structural trees raise the ‘piazza in the sky’ suspended floating over Barcelona in Las Arenas leisure and entertainment complex designed by the London firm of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Photos by David Cardelús
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús

The former Las Arenas bullring is a neomudejar building from the late nineteenth century in the Plaça d' Espanya on the limit of the dense urban fabric of the Eixample district: the decline in popularity of bullfighting in Catalonia deprived meaning to the building and imposed a renewal of its use in which one of the conditions of the new project was to preserve the facade.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús

With this in requirement mind, the office of Richard Rogers proposed and intervention in the building to create a new landmark in the Barcelona cityscape that had to implicate the use of the most advanced techniques of contemporary architecture and engineering.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús

The most spectacular of the proposals for the new shopping and entertainment venue is the creation of a ‘piazza in the sky’ 100 meters in diameter that crowns the building where cafes and restaurants surround the perimeter of the square to make it a great public balcony with unique panoramic views over the city.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, David Cardelús · Las Arenas
David Cardelús
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