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THE ‘FOREST ROAD’ IN THE ROQUES BLANQUES CEMETERY RECEIVES A NEW DISTINCTION TO ITS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: THE EMAS 2018 AWARD FOR IMPROVEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOR

NEWS 22/10/2018

The ‘Forest Road’, located in the Metropolitan Cemetery of Roques Blanques, in El Papiol (Barcelona), managed by the company Àltima Serveis Funeraris Integrats and which is also designed by Batlleiroig, is the largest natural space in Spain where to bury ashes in a controlled and respectful way with the environment. This project has also recently been recognized with the Catalunya Construction Award 2018 for Innovation in Construction. 

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Image of the Butterflies Garden, in the ‘Forest Road’ of the Roques Blanques Cemetery

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‘EL FAR’ ECHOES OF THE CATALUNYA CONSTRUCCIÓ AWARD 2018 TO THE FOREST ROAD OF THE ROQUES BLANQUES CEMETERY

NEWS 03/07/2018

The local media ‘El Far’ has published an article about the Catalunya Construcció Award 2018 for Innovation in Construction that our team picked up last week for the Forest Road of the Roques Blanques cemetery, in El Papiol. The text highlights that this installation has been positioned as “green cemetery, pioneer in Spain thanks to the different initiatives respectful with the environment”. 

‘El Far’ highlights the words of the General Manager of Àltima Cemeteries, Joan Ventura, who points out that “this award is the recognition of the firm commitment of Batlle i Roig and Roques Blanques to make this cemetery a unique space where the nature is always a priority and the graves are integrated respecting the configuration of the land, without representing at at any time an impact for the environment”.

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‘THE FOREST ROAD’ IN THE ROQUES BLANQUES CEMETERY WINS THE CATALUNYA CONSTRUCCIÓ AWARD 2018 FOR INNOVATION

NEWS 28/06/2018

Batlleiroig has won the Catalunya Construcció 2018 Award for Innovation in Construction for its project ‘The Forest Road’ in the cemetery of Roques Blanques, in El Papiol. The awards, granted by the Quantity Surveyors, Technical Architects and Building Engineers, were delivered yesterday at the Auditorium of the University of Barcelona during the Construction Night. It is the second consecutive year that Batlleiroig wins this award: last year, it was won by The Style Outlets Viladecans. 

‘The Forest Road’ consists of a grouping of burials in the Roques Blanques cemetery that redefines the traditional model of burials and cremations, applying criteria respectful with the environment and integrating it within the Natural Park of Collserola. To make it a reality, traditional dry construction systems and elements have been used, such as wood, sand and vegetation.

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THE LUXA BUILDINGS OBTAIN THE LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION OF SUSTAINABILITY

The LUXA building complex completed by Batlleiroig in the 22@ district, in Barcelona, has just obtained the LEED Gold certificate, awarded by the US Green Building Council, which is one of the most internationally recognized certifications in the assessment of sustainable performance of buildings.

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THE STYLE OUTLETS VILADECANS APPEARS IN ‘LA VANGUARDIA’

The Viladecans The Style Outlets (Baix Llobregat), designed by Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, has become the first Catalan shopping mall which receives the Breeam certificate because of its sustainability. Specifically, it recognizes its compromise with environment in its design and in its post-construction.

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Enric Batlle joins the “Responsive Cities” Symposium on 13th November in Barcelona

Enric Batlle, one of our founding partners at Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, is one of the panelists of a round table about dynamic ecosystems, as part of the symposium “Responsive Cities”, promoted by the IAAC-Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, that will take place on 13th and 14th November in Barcelona.

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The Roques Blanques cemetery, at the TV3′s “TN Vespre”

Coinciding with November the 1st, All Saints Day, yesterday the News Programme of TV3 (Catalonia’s Public TV) dedicated some minutes to talk about different cemeteries in Catalonia to know how people celebrate this day in memory of the deceased. One of the main themes was the Roques Blanques cemetery, in El Papiol, designed by Batlle i Roig.

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The Roques Blanques cemetery opens the biggest natural area to bury ashes in Spain

The Roques Blanques cemetery of El Papiol, designed by Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, recently opened an space called ‘The Forest Road’, an space destined to bury biodegradable urns made by natural wood containing the ashes of the deceased. That way, Àltima Funeral Integral Services, the company in charge of Roques Blanques, wants to cover the increasing demand of cremations in Barcelona, which are the 46.5% of all the burials in the city.

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Iván Sánchez speaks at the COAC about rain as an ally of landscape construction

Iván Sánchez, chief of Landscape Department of Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, gave a talk the 27th September at the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) about the influence of rain in the landscape construction. The company LafargeHolcim organized this conference directed by the architect Núria Polo, head of Prescription of this enterprise in Spain.

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Batlleiroig aims for three awards of the World Architecture Festival 2017

The World Architectural Festival is a contest that acknowledges the best pieces of architecture done every year around the world. The current edition, which is going to take place from 15th to 17th November in Berlin (Germany), the WAF2017 has recognized that Batlle i Roig Arquitectura has completed two architectural works well-deserving of a price in two categories: the Pull&Bear headquarter in Narón (La Coruña), nominated in the section of offices, and the Insect Hotel, in El Masnou (Barcelona), in the categories of display and small projects.

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ENRIC BATLLE, CURATOR OF THE EXHIBITION “CORNELLÀ NATURE WITHIN THE GREEN METROPOLIS”

Under the motto “Cornellà Nature within the Green Metropolis“, the Cornellà de Llobregat City Hall and the Área Metropolitana de Barcelona have collaborated to communicate the Cornellà Natura municipal project, inscribed inside the values and challenges defined in the Green Metropolis exhibition, which highlights the importance of ecological, social and economic values, and their coexistence with ecology and urban leisure.

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THE BIKE LANE BETWEEN BARCELONA AND ESPLUGUES WILL BE FINISHED THIS 2017 AUTUMN

Last Thursday 6th of April, the intercity bike lane that we are building between Barcelona and Esplugues de Llobregat was on local News.

The lane, which is 4.5 meters wide in the narrowest stretches and is being constructed following sustainable criteria, is expected to be inaugurated at the beginning of this autumn. This bike lane, which will be bidirectional and will run along a pedestrian path, is the beginning of the pedestrian and cyclable connection between Barcelona and his metropolitan area, by trespassing big transport infrastructures, and opening a whole territory that until now it was unconnected.

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ENRIC BATLLE CONFERENCE AT MIPIM2017, THE INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE MARKET IN CANNES

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MIPIM, the world´s leading property market will celebrate a new edition at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, from the 14th until the 17th of March. Enric Batlle, representing Gina Barcelona Architects,  will lead a conference titled “Barcelona, merging public space, nature and production”. The conference will take place on Wednesday March 15th at 5PM at the Barcelona Catalonia Stand.

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Enric Batlle gives his opinion as a user of electric bicycle and car for this special report of the newspaper La Vanguardia.

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Click on the image to go to the report (Spanish).

 

BATLLE I ROIG, WITH THE BIKE

In Batlle i Roig we are not only confident that electric bicycle is called to be the XXI Century transport system, but already practicing sustainable mobility!

Our Founding partner Enric Batlle is the last one who has joined the cycling team and we will gradually become more..

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We will need a bike park in our garden soon!!

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BATLLE I ROIG IN 30 MINUTS PROGRAM OF TV3: THE BIKE COMES BACK

On Sunday, December the 11th, a report on the future of the city and the role of the bicycle in this process of transformation was broadcast on “30 Minuts” program of TV3. A wide report that shows how in big cities the bicycle makes its way as an alternative way of transport, without being able to avoid, however, to create certain tensions.

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You can see the full program here.

THE WORKS FOR THE CYCLE LANE WHICH WILL JOIN BARCELONA WITH ESPLUGUES BEGINS

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The works for the Cicle Lane,

which will link Barcelona with Esplugues de Llobregat

have already begun.

The project, carried out by Batlle i Roig Arquitectes, has as main objective to merge Barcelona with the Baix Llobregat through a low aggressive intervention over the surroundings. An initiative that wants to promote sustainable transport, reduce pollution and promote the health of people.

The path, with 880 meters long, will start in Cervantes Park (Diagonal) and will consist in 100% bike friendly tracks which will combine differentiated spaces for pedestrians and bicycles.

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This project is part of the action that will link the Diagonal of Barcelona with the Parc del Riu Llobregat through a civic path. Click here to see the project.

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OUR PROJECT FOR VIA CÉLERE, IN EL MUNDO

 

At Batlle i Roig Arquitectes we work to make the commitment to quality and sustainability of the international developer

Via Célere a reality.

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Via Célere has promoted this residential project with two primary premises: a real quality in the architectural proposal and an almost unprecedented commitment to energy efficiency. An Energetic Class A building, concerned with the environment and above all, designed to provide the highest quality experience to the user.

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Photo: Courtesy of Eugeni Bach

 

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Batlle i Roig, certified company in Quality, Environmental Management and EcoDesign ISO systems

Batlle i Roig is now a certified company in Quality, Environmental Management and EcoDesign systems, in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001: 2008 / ISO 14001: 2004 / ISO 14006: 2011 respectively.

 

For the activities:

- Design and development of building projects

- Design and development of planning projects

- Design and development of urban design projects

- Design and development of public space and landscape projects

- Preparation of technical reports

- Construction Management

15th international ARCHITEcture biennale 2016: BATLLE I ROIG AT INTERNATIONAL PAVILION -REPORTING FROM THE FRONT-

This year, Batlle i Roig Architects is double-represented at the Biennale di Venezia: at the Catalan Pavilion and the Central Pavilion.

 

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CURATED BY ALEJANDRO ARAVENA

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15th international ARCHITEcture biennale 2016: BATLLE I ROIG AT CATALAN PAVILION -AFTERMATH:CONSEQUENCES-

This year, Batlle i Roig Architects is double-represented at the Biennale di Venezia: at the Catalan Pavilion and the Central Pavilion.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RECOVERY OF LLOBREGAT RIVER AT AFTERMATH EXHIBITION,

AT THE CATALAN PAVILION

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BATLLE I ROIG, DOUBLE-REPRESENTED AT 15th international ARCHITEcture biennale 2016

This year, Batlle i Roig Architects is double-represented at the Biennale di Venezia: at the International Pavilion, curated by Alejandro Aravena, and also at Catalan Pavilion, curated by Prokopljevic, Lacuesta, Prat.

 

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15TH INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION

BIENNALE DI VENEZIA - Reporting From the Front

Catalan media in our Installation at International Pavilion.

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Images Credits: Carolina Rosich TV3

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Images Credits: Òscar Callau Catalunya Ràdio.

 

 

 

OUR GARRAF WASTE LANDFILL INSTALLATION AT VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE, AT TV3 NEWS

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Carolina Rosich, from TV3 News, interviews Enric Batlle during the 15th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia Inauguration at our installation at the International Pavilion.

Behind, a Garraf’s Landfill Restoration GigaFoto, that immers the visitor into the visual and sonorous atmosphere of the Vall d’En Joan new landscape, restored by Batlle i Roig Arquitectes.

Credits: Coverage: Carolina Rosich TV3 / Gigafoto: www.jordisurroca.com

 

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BIENNALE DI VENEZIA - Reporting From the Front

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Enric Batlle, Santi Vila (Catalan Minister of Culture), Joan Roig, Ramon Torra (General Manager of AMB-Barcelona Metropolitan Area)

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JOAN ROIG AT ANTONI BASSAS’ DEBATE ON THE SCORE OF THE 15TH BIENNALE DI ARCHITETTURA DI VENEZIA

Antoni Bassas’ –Audiovisual Director of ARA Newspaper- interwiews Joan Roig and other catalan architects on the score of the 15th International Biennale di Architettura

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FARMING THE LIFE, MAY 25th 

15TH INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION

BIENNALE DI VENEZIA - Reporting From the Front

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Collaborators: Iván Sánchez, Mario Súñer, Joan Batlle, Livia Valentini, Alejandra Liébana.

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BATLLE I ROIG AT VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2016

We are pleased to share that Batlle i Roig Arquitectes will take part in the 15th Biennale di Architettura di Venezia. You will find our projects exhibited in Central Pavilion, curated by Alejandro Aravena and also in the Catalan Pavilion, an exposition curated by Jelena Propljević, Jaume Prat and Isaki Lacuesta, and organized by Institut Ramón Llull.

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Garraf’s Landfill Restoration at “Drawing Landscape”, from CANAL 33.

The cultural program Tria33 issued, last November 14th, an special documentary named “Drawing Landscapes. Architecture and Environment”. The TV channel presented 4 Landscape Architecture projects that are a reference in Catalonia.

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Our project for the Roques Blanques Municipal Cemetery has been awarded first prize of Best Environmental Initiative

Our project for the Roques Blanques Municipal Cemetery has been awarded first prize in the category of Best Environmental Initiative of the II Cemeteries of Spain Competition 2015.

Roques Blanques cemetery is characterized as the largest public cemetery, in expanse and capacity, and for being exemplary in its mixed management system and its environmental integration in the Collserola Natural Park.

Batlle i Roig Arquitectes are pleased to share this acknowledgement of ĀLTIMA and to congratulate them for their continuing commitment to innovation and respect for the environment.

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BATLLE I ROIG AT “EMERGING LANDSCAPES” EXHIBITION FROM IIT COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE CHICAGO

The Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture Chicago  has invited us to participate in the exhibition organized under the theme ”Dialogues on Urbanization: Emerging Landscapes” with our Garraf’s Landfill Landscape Restoration project

An initiative of IIT Dean, Wiel Arets, and part of the prestigious Master of Landscape MLA of this university.

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The exhibition acknowledges the work of the most influential landscape designers on the international scene and is organized under 11 categories that reflect the challenges facing us in what they call the “Age of Planetary Urbanization.”

The opening also featured the lecture of Adrian Geeuze, Co-founder West8, Rotterdam.

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Batlle i Roig presented the proposal for the competition for design the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (Toronto)

On 16th March Batlle i Roig Arquitectes with Clément Blanchet Architecture  (Paris), RVTR  (Toronto) y Scott Torrance Landscape Architect  (Toronto) had presented the proposal with the title: “Jack Layton Ferry Terminal Park” in Toronto.

This week our proposal and the other four teams are presenting for public input. All five plans are available for viewing on Waterfront Toronto’s website and the City Hall until Friday. The final result will be on 20th March.

The other four competitors are: West 8 (Rotterdam), Diller and Scofidio (NY), Quadrangle Architects (Toronto) and Stoss architects (Boston).

 

You can vote the proposals here.

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Batlle i Roig Arquitectes, shortlisted at the competition for design the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (Toronto)

Batlle I Roig Arquitectes with Clément Blanchet Architecture (Paris), RVTR (Toronto) and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect (Toronto) are shortlisted at the Competition for design the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park (Toronto).

The goals to achieve are to create an inspiring vision for the long-term transformation of the Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park to be articulated in a Master Plan of 4,6 hectares, and also to develop a short-term landscape enhancement proposal.

The other four competitors are: West 8 (Rotterdam), Diller and Scofidio (NY), Quadrangle Architects (Toronto) and Stoss architects (Boston).

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THE CYCLE LANE BETWEEN BARCELONA AND ESPLUGUES, NEWS IN LA VANGUARD

The Municipal Mobility Commission approved last December, unanimously, the project to extend the cycle lane network between the neighborhoods and municipalities in the northern area of Barcelona.

Within this scope of action, Batlle i Roig Arquitectes will solve the current pedestrian discontinuity between Cervantes Park, northern boundary of Diagonal Avenue in Barcelona, and Avinguda dels Catalans in the municipality of Esplugues de Llobregat. During the last few days, this project has attracted the attention of citizenship for being a key point in the system of pedestrian connectivity of the area.

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ENRIC BATLLE LECTURES AT IV SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL

The Fourth Biennial of Sustainable Architecture organized by Habitat Futura today will be attended by Enric Batlle among its speakers.

Enric Batlle’s Conference about our building of the Commission of Telecommunications Market in 22 @ Barcelona specifically addresses its environmental value within the field of corporate buildings.

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BATLLE I ROIG, SHORTLISTED AT 8th LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL

8th Landscape Rosa Barba Biennial, up to be cellebrated on September 2014, will count on the Lectures of Enric Batlle & Joan Roig that will be celebrated the first day.

Our project, the Vall d’en Joan Landscape Restoration, has been shortlisted for the Rosa Barba Awards. The resolution will be known the last day of the Festival.

 

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NEW MASSIMO DUTTI HEADQUARTERS ACHIEVES LEED GOLD ENERGY EFFICIENCY LABEL

The new Massimo Dutti Headquarters Building efficiency, in terms of sustainability and energy saving, has achieved the LEED GOLD rating, issued by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). The environmental taken measures to get this environmental character includes use of courtyards, technological skins and a Ground floor treatment as ventilated outer parking.

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