A project by Martinez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos. Photographs by Juan de Dios Pérez.
ARCHITECT: Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain
CLIENT: Infraestructures de Llevant
SIZE: 4,500 sm
Designed by José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torress, the 4,500 m2 photovoltaic canopy is a powerful addition to the industrial facilities that have always been present in this area of Barcelona.
Built in 2004 for the “Forum Barcelona 2004” event, it sits over a 14 ha esplanade shaped like an open hand that works as an extension of the Diagonal Avenue and covers a large part of a water treatment plant.
The canopy itself produces both energy and provides a shaded place in this otherwise hot and inhospitable area. The skewed plane, oriented south with a 30º inclination, is supported by four concrete twisted legs that stick out of the Sailing School underneath.
Martinez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos is Barcelona-based architecture office founded in 1968 by José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres Tur. Among their best-known projects are the Vila Olímpica Housing Complex (Barcelona), the La Granja Escalator (Toledo), the Restoration of the Ronda Promenade in the City Walls (Palma de Mallorca), the Restoration of Gaudi’s Park Güell (Barcelona), and the Forum 2004 Esplanade and Photovoltaic Power Plant (Barcelona).
Juan de Dios Pérez is a photographer and professor in several photography schools in Barcelona. He has participated in numerous collective and individual exhibitions, including Amateur, Abtauchen, Memorias Anónimas, Sombras, and Territorios del Instante. He is a regular collaborator with publishers such as Santa & Cole and designers such as Mariona García.
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