Fruit of the agricultural power of Sant Fruitós during the second half of the nineteenth century, in the early 1950s, the Municipal Agrarian Chamber built the shed to protect the Beating Machine, located at that time in the outskirts of the urban core.
During the following decades, the reinforcement of the industrialization of the region and its importance as a nucleus of communications led to a significant population growth. This growth eventually surrounded the Beating Machine Shed. The expansion did not anticipate the reservation of a space worthy for the Shed, thus the free space that remained around was a product of chance.
Yet this space does not meet the suitable qualities considering how important the shed is for the people. Despite its shortcomings in the configuration of the public space and its urbanization, this Shed’s envolving area (known as Plaza Once de Septiembre) serves as the place where events are organized. It is though that with certain improvements it could be used as the town’s center. Sant Fruitós del Bages, due to its historical growth, doesn’t have a considerable big space that could work as meeting point of the municipality.
The creation of a public space where the Shed acts as a focus point is suggested. An organized square with steps is planned around the space that occupies the construction. The steps will juggle between soft and hard spaces, whilst the corner between Eugeni d’Ors and Arquitecte Gaudí streets will hold a large esplanade that will act as a venue for events and an extension of the space intended to the market.
AUTHORS ENRIC BATLLE, JOAN ROIG – ARCHITECTS CLIENT SANT FRUITÓS DE BAGÉS CITY COUNCIL TEAM MARIO SÚÑER, SIMON GABILLARD – ARCHITECTS / DOLORS FEU – AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT BUILDER CONSTRUCCIONES FERTRES, SL SURFACE AREA 4,500 SQ. M PROGRAM PUBLIC SPACE / URBANIZATION LOCATION SANT FRUITÓS DE BAGES, BARCELONA START AND FINISH DATE 2016-2018 PHOTOGRAPHY JORDI SURROCA