Litoral Norte Park, Environmental Facilities and Energy Observatory

Barcelona´s Northeast Coastal Park, designed by Abalos & Herreros, successfully combines two unlikely elements –a municipal waste-management complex and a waterfront park and beach- innovatively integrating necessary infrastructure and public space. The park served as part of the site for the First International Forum of Cultures, organized by UNESCO to promote cultural diversity and sustainable development and staged in Barcelona in 2004.

Originally cut off from the city by a ring road, the site had served as the city´s major services area, where a now defunct sewage treatment plant and electrical generator were also located. To showcase sustainable urban design, the existing incinerator now powers a new waste-to-energy generator. The steam heat produced by the incinerator is used to make electricity for hot and cold water as well as heating and air-conditioning for the Forum grounds and the new Diagonal Mar mixed-used district. At the base of the incinerator is a new recycling center.

info

2004-2000

client: Infraestructuras 2004 (P+C), Ajuntament de Barcelona, Área de Mantenimient I, Serveis-Tersa (I)

location: Forum Barcelona, Spain

program: Environmental Facilities and Energy Observatory

area: Total Area: 117.800 m2 built. Parc Litoral: 56.417m2. Incineradora del Besós: 39.576,64m2. Central de District Cooling & Recogida Neumática: 78.221,45m2

status: Built

credits

ARCHITECTURE: Ábalos&Herreros
Project Directors: Iñaki Ábalos, Juan Herreros, Renata Sentkiewicz
Construction Directors: Ábalos & Herreros
Collaborators: Mario Pascual (coordinación de proyecto), Juan José González, Pablo Martínez (coordinación de obra), Wouter van Daele, Pablo Puertas, David Sobrino, Roger Subirá, Irene Zúñiga.

ENGINEERING: IDOM, CLABSA

STRUCTURE: Obiol y Moya (Agustí Obiol), Nilo Lletjos

M/E: PGO Grup

ECONOMIC PROPOSAL: José Torras

EXCAVATION: Hera AG Ambiental

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Mònica Vila

COLLABORATING ARTIST: Albert Oehlen

LIGHTING: ESPAILLUM (José María Civit)

RENDERING: José Alcobeda, Miguel Kreisler

MODEL: Queipo Maquetas (Jorge Queipo)


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