The interventions related to the Universal Forum of Cultures 2004 have supposed a great reconstruction process in an area of Barcelona which has been derelict until recent times. The area comprises 214 Ha, and it includes the renovation of important urban infrastructures, the restructuring of the Besos Water Treatment Plant, the creation of a new Besos marina and the implementation of a new area of centrality with hotels, centres for congresses, shopping centres, offices and dwellings. The designs took up part of the sea by means of rectifying the coastline. The final goal was to recover a territory which was of little use by making a spotlight with potential activity, due to its excellent and strategic location, where the most important infrastructures and roads of the city join together. Esteyco worked actively in several projects related to the main area where the acts of Forum 2004 took place: the development of the Esplanade, the Coastal Ring Road coverage, the Sailing School, the Auditorium and the Photovoltaic Pergola. The project of development was carried out with the collaboration of the Architects Elias Torres and Jose Antonio Martinez Lapeña, and it covered an area of 90 Ha. The main characteristic was the existence of a technical floor over the cover structures of the Water Treatment Plan and the Coastal Ring Road, where a complex network of services is lodged, permitting the maximum flexibility for its future exploitation. Over the technical floor, some coloured asphalt and flowerbeds were spread, conferring the last finish to the esplanade. Cost of works: 18.069.906 eur.
• Sketch showing the plan of the Esplanade designed by the Architect Elias Torres. • General plan showing the facilities and development services. • Aerial photograph showing Forum 2004 during construction.
ESPLANADE AND SEVERAL INTERVENTIONS IN FORUM 2004, BARCELONA CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS Barcelona, 2000-2002
Published on Jan 23, 2013