The project grew out of a master plan for Sector
Esperit Sant which is located on the periphery of
Northeastern Barcelona. The area was void; an
emptiness arising out of its location as “in between”
space between three municipalities, at this time
undergoing urban erosion.
The theory was to develop a multi-functional social
condenser that could invert these processes. The
functions for the area were pre-designed by the
Masterplan: to include parks, sports facilities,
schools, and a circulation system with new
connections for traffic and pedestrians. As the
site for Parc del Molinet provided an interesting
topography, with the only trees around and views
to the city of Barcelona. The concept for the park
hinged on taking advantage of these givens.
The lay-out is based on the geometry of the spiral,
which links all the episodes of the park. Starting
at the belvedere it runs through the amphitheaters
which were already existing.
The design can be understood in three different
parts. The first being the defining of edges, making
links and giving access to pedestrians.
The second part is the densest portion of the
park and the highest position in reference to the
surrounding roads and was designed as a sequence
of “episodes” ultimately leading to the belvedere.
The third part of the park are the amphitheaters
and the design was a matter of superimposing a
geometry on the landscape following the traces of
the existing amphitheaters.
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