PROJECT GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Souhth East Coastal Park
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Architect: Farshid Moussavi [→]
Area: 50,000 sqm
Team credits: FOA Partner in Charge:Farshid Moussavi and AJejandro Zaera Polo with Lluis Vies. Niccoldeo, Danielle Domeniconi, Marco Guarnieri, Sergio L-Pio, Terence Seah, Daniel Valle, Juanjo Gonzalez, Pablo Ros
Landscape Architect: Teresa Gall, Barcelona
Structural Engineers: Obiol, Moya y Asociados SL, Barcelona
Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Proisotec. Girona
Quantity Surveyors: Tg3, Barcelona
Client: Barcelona City Council Completion
The South-East Coastal Park and Auditoriums project forms part of the infrastructure built by the City of Barcelona built as Host City for the International Forum of Cultures in Barcelona in 2004. The project aims to resolve the location of two open-air auditoriums and the provision of abundant vegetation in a coastal location exposed to salty breeze. FDA resorted to topographical devices to achieve these requirements.The park's topography provides open air auditoria and spaces for events and activities, wind protection and suitable habitats for local vegetation. The topography has also been designed to control the views and site-lines for users.
Areas of the park are differentially protected from the prevailing south-westerly wind to provide suitable conditions for vegetation and also to provide zones planned for different activities as well as site-lines and shaded areas.The park allows and encourages a wide range of sportsand leisure activities, from walking to running. Cycling. skateboarding and relaxing areas through a network of paths and activity zones. Views are deliberately controlled by the demarcation of these zones: narrow, focused views broaden to wide open views. The proposal tries to develop an alternative to the traditional dichotomy between the rational geometries of the French landscape, and the organic and picturesque qualities of the English landscape, by proposing a topographical device that reacts differentially to the functional requirements, producing a complex. nature-like effect that is ruled by precise constraints rather than through mimicking nature.