Site Location Parc Bit, Palma, Mallorca, Illes Balears
Project Scales XL/S - territory / architecture + context
Site Family IMPLANTING - Productive milieus
Post-competition phase Design and construction of one of the elements resulting from the definitive plan (public space, Metro station, collective housing/residence)
How Can the Site Contribute to the Productive City?
In 1994, British architect Richard Rogers won an international competition for the design of Parc BIT, a technology and administration park located in a rural area, eight kilometres outside Palma, near the Balearic Islands University campus. The project aimed to attract residents who preferred to work from home or do computer research. According to the mission statement, it implied, "understanding people's future needs, minimising energy consumption and reducing pollution". The brief envisaged a community of 5,000 people and buildings that would not be more than three stories high.
Later on, the authorities considered that a residential complex to house scientists and researchers who worked on this technology park was not necessary in a context like Mallorca, and in 2007, the Special Plan was modified accordingly. One of the consequences has been a great need for transport, especially in peak periods.
The Regional Planning, Energy and Mobility Department now wants to build a Metro line and station that will help significantly to reduce the need for private vehicles to reach Parc BIT, a hub with daily movements of more than 3,000 staff, 86% of whom use private motor vehicles to get there.