Building density and activity mixing turn this place into one of the smallest, most transited crossings. After the city council limited the cars entry, their number considerably decreased leaving a street furniture surplus, an invisible palm and an inadequate pavement. The purpose was to get rid of the obsolete traffic equipment at the time we provided a special entity to the space. We used the fact of the palm to turn it into the symbol of the crossing.
The granite stone pieces circular arrangement makes obvious the presence of the palm tree and gives the impression of unique, single and outstanding place. Street furniture elimination allows the street to breath. The aim to achieve is to perceive the space as a square more than a simple crossroad. This is just the first phase of the project. A public space doesn't belong to the collective conscience until it offers a long term activity that users who live there can take part on.
Location: Barcelona, ES
My Role: Designer Architect
Additional Credits: (2010-2011) 41 23 05 N / 02 10 05 E
Team: Mariona Nubials / Carles Tuca / Eduard Valencoso
Location: Barcelona (Central Old town), Barcelona, Spain
Butget: ± 85 000 eur