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
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.
Image of the Butterflies Garden, in the ‘Forest Road’ of the Roques Blanques Cemetery
THE CENTRAL PARK OF IGUALADA, DESIGNED BY BATLLEIROIG, HAS WELCOMED THIS WEEKEND THE EUROPEAN BALLOON FESTIVAL
More than fifty hot air balloons flew over Igualada last week, from Thursday to Sunday, in the framework of the 22nd edition of the European Balloon Festival, the international ballooning competition and the European reference festival held annually in the capital of the Anoia.
As every year, the Central Park of Igualada, designed by Batlleiroig and located on Catalunya Avenue, has been the main stage of this event, which has brought together a total of 54 hot air balloons from a dozen countries, such as Mexico, India, Brasil, Israel, England, France, Italy, Switzerland or Belgium.
Moreover, this space has an extensive area of stands that Batlleiroig projected to facilitate the viewers could comfortably enjoy the festival, an objective that has also been achieved this weekend, since the attendance of public has been excellent.
Source: European Balloon Festival
The online newspaper of economic information EjePrime has published an extensive report about Batlleiroig that highlights our most relevant recent projects and the confidence that big companies like Inditex have placed in our firm to build their headquarters.
The article published by EjePrime gives a huge review of Batlleiroig’s career since its birth, in 1981, to the present, where the office buildings have a large presence in the technological district 22@ of Barcelona.
Moreover, it highlights the close collaboration of Batlleiroig and Inditex and some of its firms, such as Massimo Dutti, Pull&Bear and Stradivarius, offices built by our firm; and with companies such as FC Barcelona, the RACC, the Government of Catalonia and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).
Stradivarius headquarters, by Batlleiroig. Photography: Antonio Navarro Wijkmark
‘EL FAR’ ECHOES OF THE CATALUNYA CONSTRUCCIÓ AWARD 2018 TO THE FOREST ROAD OF THE ROQUES BLANQUES CEMETERY
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”.
Today, ‘El Economista’, in its Catalan edition, has published an interview with Enric Batlle, founding partner of Batlleiroig, where he speaks about the origins of the firm, the present and the future, and about innovation in the architecture field.
In the interview published today by ‘El Economista’, Enric Batlle speaks about the firsts Batlleiroig projects, where the cemetery of Roques Blanques, in El Papiol, played an outstanding role, and how the firm has always wanted to strengthen the relationship between building and landscape. In this sense, Enric Batlle highlights how society, increasingly, is committed to “naturalize the city and even buildings are flooding with vegetation”.
Photography: Luis Moreno
DIANA CALICÓ, BUILDING ENGINEER DIRECTOR AT BATLLEIROIG, PARTICIPATES IN A ROUND TABLE ON THE GENDER ISSUE IN THE LABOR SCOPE IN 8TV
The Building Engineer Director at Batlleiroig, Diana Calicó, was one of the guests last Friday to join a round table at the 8tv magazine “La nit a 8tv”, on the experience of women in work environments that are commonly considered masculinized.
The fact that the new Spanish government is mainly made up for women was the starting point of this round table with three women from different professional fields around the role of women in the labor field. Together with Diana Calicó debated Carme Lluveras, basketball coach, and Judith Doral, an industrial and automatic electronic engineer, at a gathering hosted by the journalist Pol Marsà.
‘EXPANSIÓN’ PUBLISHES AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE NEW PROJECT BY BRILTEN AND BATLLEIROIG AT THE 22@ DISTRICT
The real estate developer Brilten is constructing a new office building designed by Batlleiroig at the technological district 22@ in Barcelona. The investment of Brilten in this building will be 35 million euros.
Our office is responsible for building the new corporate building Hexagon Glòries, promoted bu the Catalan developer. The property will have an area of 10,800 square meters and is expected to be finished in June 2019.
You can read the article by ‘Expansión’ by clicking on the image (Spanish).
THE CIRCLE OF ECONOMY PUBLISHES THE VIDEO OF THE DEBATE AROUND THE LIMITS OF BARCELONA WITH ENRIC BATLLE, NÚRIA MARÍN, ORIOL NEL·LO AND LLUÍS RECODER
On June 7th, Enric Batlle participated in the round table “The limits of Barcelona”, within the framework of the conference series “Thinking Barcelona” organized by the Circle of Economy and Global Barcelona. Together with the founding partner of Batlleiroig, the mayor of L’Hospitalet, Núria Marín, the Geographer and Professor of the Autonomous University of Barcelona Oriol Nel·lo, and the lawyer Lluís Recoder debated.
The Circle of Economy has published on its website a chronicle about the debate around “The limits of Barcelona”, in which the four speakers resolve that they are “inevitably diffuse” limits.
REPORT OF THE BATLLEIROIG INSECT HOTEL IN THE ‘FUERA DE SERIE’ SUPPLEMENT BY ‘EL MUNDO’ AND ‘EXPANSIÓN’
The special supplement “Fuera de serie” by the newspapers ‘Expansión’ and ‘El Mundo’ published this weekend a report on the Insect Hotel by our office in Vallmora Park, and highlights its presence in the last edition of the World Architecture Festival awards, where it was awarded with the “Highly Commended” consideration.
The “Fuera de Serie” article explains the objectives of insects hotels and the benefits they can bring in parks and natural spaces and, also, in private gardens, since housing certain insects in these hotels can be used to control plagues of other species.
On Saturday, May 5, the new cruise terminal of the Harbour of Barcelona was inaugurated announcing its name: HELIX Cruise Center. The building, designed by our office, is the second cruise terminal in Barcelona for Carnival Corporation, has 12,500 square meters and will generate up to 150 jobs locally.
The presentation of the HELIX terminal was attended, among others, by the President of the Barcelona’s Harbour, Sixte Cambra; the CEO of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald; the delegate of the Spanish Government in Catalonia, Enric Millo, and the Councilor for Tourism, Trade and Markets of the Barcelona City Council, Agustí Colom.
Click on the image to read the article published by ’La Vanguardia’ this weekend (Spanish).
The online version of ‘La Vanguardia’ picked up yesterday the news about the purchase of a plot by La Llave de Oro to Metrovacesa in the 22@ district of Barcelona. On this site, located between the streets of Sancho de Ávila and Álava, the real estate developer will build an office building that will plan our office. Read the article by clicking on the image (Spanish).
The economic newspaper ‘Expansión’ has published today a news about the project of offices that will be launched at the 22@ district of Barcelona the promoter La Llave de Oro and our office. The real estate company has purchased a 3,300 square meter site from Metrovacesa to build an office building designed by Batlleiroig. You can read this news in the online version of ‘Expansión’ by clicking on the image (Spanish).
Image of the site, at the confluence between Sancho de Ávila and Álava streets, at the 22@ district of Barcelona. Source: Expansión
Amazon has just opened its ‘Seller Support Hub’ in the Luxa building complex, designed by Batlleiroig in the 22@ district of Barcelona and promoted by the Castellví Group, Stoneweg and 1810 Capital Investments. ‘La Vanguardia’ explained this start-up yesterday in a brief in its printed edition and on its website. You can read the news by clicking on the images (Spanish).
The Inditex group has made an investment of 91 million euros to expand its headquarters in the Galician municipality of Arteixo, a project designed by Batlleiroig. It is about the construction of three buildings communicated in the plot annexed to the one that houses the building of the company’s headquarters. There is no official date of completion of the works for now, but the three new properties are almost finished. This extension will have a healthy space with gym, an auditorium, a green area and a dining room and a kitchen for employees. Click on the image to read the article by Caterina Devesa in ‘La Voz de Galicia’ (Spanish).
‘EL PERIÓDICO’ DEDICATES AN ARTICLE TO THE TERMINAL OF CRUISES PROJECTED BY BATLLEIROIG IN BARCELONA’S HARBOUR
‘El Periódico’ gathers in an article the details that were announced yesterday at a press conference about the new Terminal E of the Harbour of Barcelona, designed by our office and promoted by Carnival Corporation. By clicking on the image you can read the article by Patricia Castán in the publication (Spanish).
‘La Vanguardia’ has published today an article about the start of Terminal E of the Barcelona’s Harbour, designed by Batlleiroig. Click on the image to read the article by David Guerrero (Spanish) and to learn more details of this new bet by Carnival Corporation, which has invested 30 million euros in this infrastructure.
The new Terminal E is already operational, designed by Batlleiroig and driven by Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world. The new building, which has an area of 12,500 square meters and 300 parking spaces, is a balanced architectural piece that combines design, functionality and comfort, and responds to sustainable criteria. The building will be inaugurated, officially, next May 5.
The newspaper ‘ARA’ (Catalan) has echoed today the opening of the new cycle lane between Esplugues and Barcelona. In fact, the newspaper advances the information on its cover and expands it on the internal pages, including the extract of an interview with Enric Batlle. Read this information by clicking this link and on the image.
‘La Vanguardia’ has published this weekend a news about the recovery that Batlleiroig will make of the historic racetrack Terramar, in Sant Pere de Ribes (Barcelona). Our office will be responsible for the urbanization project of the space, which will become a leisure complex and sports center.
You can read this article by Ramon Francàs in ‘La Vanguardia’ by clicking on the image or this link (Catalan).
The economic newspaper ‘Expansion’ published today, March 5th, an article on the new campus of the Generalitat, projected by our office and which will be holding 2.800 public employees, now distributed in different buildings, from 2020.
The district of Poblenou hosts this weekend the BCN Light Festival (February 16-18), a festival that illuminates artistically different points of interest in Barcelona. This edition, the festival will consist of a 4 kilometers route through the streets of the 22@ district. The mapping in the building of the CNMC, building designed by Batlleiroig, will be “Hypnocity” and it has been done by the Slidemedia studio. The SB Glow Hotel, on the other hand, is one of the establishments joining the festival.
One of the projections that can be seen on the facade of the CNMC and the Agbar Tower (Source: ICUB – ‘La Vanguardia’)
IGUALADA OPENS A NEW SECTION OF THE GREEN RING AND THE MONSERRAT VIEWPOINT, DESIGNED BY BATLLE AND ROIG
On January 27th, Enric Batlle was one of the people in charge of inaugurating a new section of the Igualada’s Green Ring and the viewpoint of Montserrat, on the path of the old “guixeres” of Igualada, together with the Father Abbot of Montserrat, Josep Maria Soler, and the mayor of the town, Marc Castells. From the viewpoint you can see the entire municipality of Igualada and enjoy a privileged view of the Montserrat mountain.
Click on the image to read the article by Llàtzer Moix in La Vanguardia
Reflection by Enric Batlle in the series “Between Agression and Forget”, published by Architects for Architecture, on the current situation of the Vil·la Cecília Gardens and the Quinta Amèlia’s Park (1980-1986), by José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres. It is a positive look at the alterations and modifications that public space projects suffer over time.
The shopping center designed by Batlleiroig The Style Outlets Viladecans has obtained the Distinctive Indicator of the Degree of Accessibility (DIGA), which recognizes the level of accessibility excellence with several points adapted from the public road and from the car park, and that has been granted by the Shangri-La Foundation and certified by the international organisation IMQ.
“El Pais” mentions Batlle i Roig as a reference of sustainable logic linked to landscape architecture
The newspaper “El País”, in its edition of December 25th, made an analysis on landscaping and how gardens reveal the values of each historical moment.
Sheep grazing in the municipality of Esplugues de Llobregat, adjacent to Barcelona
Yesterday, ‘La Vanguardia’ published an article about the upcoming start-up of the remodeling project for Gran Street in the Sant Andreu’s district, in Barcelona, scheduled for March 2018.
The magazine “Arquitectura Plus”, by Grupo Vía, has published in December a monograph on the 30 leading architectural firms in the country. It is an honor for us to be part of this selection of the most influential architecture studios in Spain.
‘La Vanguardia’ published the 10th December the extract of a conversation that one of our founding partners, Enric Batlle, maintained with this newspaper in the Spanish capital, on the occasion of the delivery of the CSCAE Medal 2017 to our office.
Among other topics, Batlle reflects in this article on Batlleiroig’s career and also on his vision of the future of big cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. You can read this article written by Fernando García on the paper version of ‘La Vanguardia’ of 10th December, or digitally, by clicking here (Spanish).
The supplement “Viajar” by ‘ABC’ newspaper published last weekend a report about our Insects Hotel and about its recent ‘Highly Commended’ project prize at the World Architecture Festival 2017. We invite you to read this great article by J.F.Alonso!
At the end of March, the College of Quantity Surveyors, Technical Architects and Engineers building in Barcelona organized a roundtable with professional technical reference in technical architecture, which was attended by the head of the Technical Department of Batlle i Roig, Diana Calicó, and Oriol Marin, former head of Department at Batlle i Roig. L’informatiu, the quarterly magazine of the Association, published an extensive report informing reflections that all these professionals made about the challenges of the future of their profession.
The BATLLE I ROIG ARQUITECTES project “Environmental Recovery of The Llobregat River” has been published on the Extra01 Issue of Paisea Landscape Magazine. An article written by Enric Batlle presents the project under the perspective of the River as the Structure Axis of Barcelona’s Metropolitan Matrix.
The project can be visited in our website here.
Swiss Magazine of architecture, engineering & urbanism includes on its last item the article “giardini periferici”, written by Enric Batlle.
Reflections about City and Landscape concepts, as Centrality and Periphery, Environmentalism, Continuity, Utility and Garden; also illustrated with Batlle i Roig Architects works to exemplify these topics.
click here to read the article (italian)
Enric Batlle has been awarded with the “FAD Thinking and Review 2012” prize for his book “The Garden of Metropolis: from romantic garden to open space for a sustainable city”, published by Gustavo Gili into the Land & Scape Series Collection.