Barcelona (ES)

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Barcelona (ES)

Scale L urban
Team representative architect & town planner
Location Torrent de l’Estadella, Sant Andreu district, Barcelona
Population Barcelona, 1,620,343 / Sant Andreu, 148,232 / Bon Pastor, 12,594
Strategic site 80.5 ha - Project site 29 ha

Site proposed by Barcelona City Council, Urban Ecology Area
Actors involved Urban Ecology Area
Owner(s) of the site Public/private

Commission after competition Planning documents and/or draft projects

More Information

Urban City Strategy

We propose a reflection to complexify the industrial activity by hosting new residential uses. In the Torrent de l’Estadella we find a case of urban recycling. Breaking with the ghetto effect of a monothematic neighborhood will be the priority objective of a transformation that determines a process of actions where answers can be found. A second objective will be to establish a debate between urbanism and contemporary habitat. We hope to generate a renovating landscape where we can find economic opportunities, synergies and offer value-added services. At the same time it exemplifies some urban codes that help us define a more livable city.

Site Definition

Torrent de l’Estadella is an industrial estate located north of Barcelona. The space to be projected has a rectangular shape and the subdivision comes from an old agricultural area. Tangentially to the site there are two important railway lines. One of them (Sant Andreu - La Sagrera) is in transformation and represents a new centrality. Regarding mobility, it is a place with good accessibility and easy connectivity with the surroundings, the city and the metropolitan area. The architecture of the site in the project area does not have heritage elements, although some factories can be remodeled and reused. In the surroundings we find a great diversity in the buildings: newly built houses, more industrial estates, historical center of Sant Andreu and various valuable buildings. Regarding the public spaces, two areas should be highlighted: in the center of the site, an old torrent, which gives the place its name and physically structures it, and the new linear park of Rec Comtal, under construction, on the train tracks. It is important to maintain production, and therefore the industrial activity must be maintained; however we find it interesting to concentrate the transformation actions within its limits, especially in the north of Carrer de Sant Adrià and in front of the new park.

How Must Metabolism and Inclusivity Be Developed and Connected?

Understanding that work on the city has to be done with new tools is essential today to be successful. Metabolism as a set of physical reactions must ensure that the essentials of the territory are maintained and include what is necessary to create a new habitat. All this, while maintaining the structures that respond to their morphology. With this we can overcome closed enclaves and bring the city closer to new, more sustainable ways. This open framework facilitates a systemic analysis of the improvement of urban ecology, economic competitiveness and quality of life. This approach is based on the idea of incorporating urban structures such as telecommunications, matter, water, energy, mobility and nature to the redesign of the cultural models of the city. Inclusive dynamics, and especially equitable ones, bring us closer to a social justice that articulates the territory. We will confront inequalities by optimizing the functioning of the city and facilitating access to rights as a common good. Understanding urban renewal and finding solution spaces to change the rules of the game will define the project. This has to plan both the present and future actions and guarantee the continuity of the regeneration results to which constant transformations will be added. Projecting a process represents an architectural challenge, but also a social, economic and ecological one. We have to find a way to organize the proposal to meet the needs and express a new potential that survives over time while generating a shared ecosystem and affecting all levels of urban organization from architecture to people. So we have to define new and diverse scales of action.

Questions on the site

Demographic of adjacent neighborhoods? Wheelchair design requirements?

On the characteristics of the neighborhood you can consult the web:

Passeig de la Verneda is broken and suspended over the south edge, what’s further plan for it? What is the future plan for public transport in a wider area?

Can share more information of development site along Carrer de Sant Adria and Carrer del Canem? Figure ground, massing, program etc..

All the information available and the program is the one provided in the Brief. On the characteristics of the neighborhood you can consult the web:

Likewise, from Google Maps you can access current images of the plant, volumetry and street views of the site.

Local standard of private housing, community housing? Can share any reference?

Cf. link to the Barcelona Housing Plan:

 Where you can consult: • Volume I: Analysis and diagnosis  • Volume II: Plan for the Right to Housing 2016-2025 • Volume III: The situation in the districts • Volume IV: Annexes • 2016-2025: Executive summary


Any information about history of Industrial activity in recent years? What is the changing pattern? Do we have to re- provide on-site if we replaced the space with other use?

Regarding industrial dynamics in Barcelona, you can consult number 45 of the PAPERS magazine “POLYGONS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY: TRENDS IN LOCATION AND ACCESSIBILITY”

As well as the municipal websites on the industrial estates of the Besos river:

Are there also 3D files available?

The cartographic documentation is the one provided. No 3D file

Are there concrete plans for the empty plot by Carrer del Canem? 

As indicated in the Brief, a project is currently underway on the empty plot of Calle Canem, and therefore should be considered a consolidated industrial space. The contestants can freely act on the entire location and especially on the priority areas.

 Of the ca 7 ha of housing, 50% should be "community" housing. Does that mean co-housing or social housing? 

All residential buildings will be multi-family and 50% will have social uses

A certain fraction of the space should be for "facilities" what is meant by this?

Facilities" are public facilities. According to current urban planning regulations are:

a) Teaching equipment. Teaching centers, public or private, and sports annexes.

b) Healthcare equipment. Healthcare and geriatric health centers, public or private, of public, social or community interest, and cemeteries.

c) Cultural and religious facilities. Temples, religious centers, centers or facilities for congresses, exhibitions, meeting rooms, of public, social or community interest and sports and recreational annexes.

d) Sports and recreational equipment. Sports buildings and facilities; camps; recreation or expansion centers; spas and bathing establishments and other non-residential tourist establishments of public, social or community interest; and ancillary services.

e) Supply equipment and supplies. Slaughterhouses, markets and other supply centers, always publicly owned, although possibly privately managed, and service areas.

f) Administrative and security technical equipment. Centers or buildings for public administration services, security or military services and others of public interest.


This site is connected to the following theme

Intensifying Districts

New energy has to be found for these sites through a treatment that respects the existing environment introducing specific elements and actions able to develop a resilient city.
These sites address the scale of a larger neighbourhood that needs to be requalified and intensified, as well as to be enriched with different qualities, such as uses, public space, natural elements, etc.

Specific documents

Questions on the site

Fr. 18 June 2021
Deadline for submitting questions

Fr. 2 July 2021
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