Las Arenas

Las Arenas

Las Arenas

Scheme: Las Arenas

Practice: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Client: Metrovacesa

Photographer: David Cardelus

This is a radical transformation of a redundant bull-fighting arena into an enormous leisure and entertainment complex. The brick elevations are clasped by concrete beams, supported by raking legs. Inside, concrete columns support radial cantilevered steel cinema pods. More characteristic yellow steel legs support a 100-metre diameter dish with a laminated timber gridshell roof. Skirting this structure is a cantilvered public 'plaza in the sky', with bars and restaurants enjoying wonderful panoramic views of Barcelona. A veritable tour de force.


 
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