The project for Open Spaces in the Specific Modification of the South Sector of Manresa Road was part of the Can Morral Special Plan in Abrera. The objectives of this undertaking are, first, to organize the specified spaces by introducing visual screening and noise control of the C-55 Abrera-Manresa Road that borders the sector; second, to address rainwater infiltration; and, third, to accommodate leisure and recreational uses.
To achieve these objectives, the project centres on a large earth berm for noise and visual protection. The berm occupies most of the area and is the undisputed protagonist of the area and its immediate environs. Its geometric form is intentionally defined by pronounced slopes and ridges.
To deal with rainwater infiltration, the entire surface of the berm and its surrounding sand, lawn and grasses are porous. In addition, drainage conduits quickly channel surface runoff to gravel-filled infiltration trenches that are distributed in the subsoil around the edge of the berm. This ensures that the water returns to the aquifer, which in this case is protected, and this in turn offsets the impervious surface coverage of the area. Finally, the geometry of the berm creates an esplanade with irregular edges to accommodate leisure spaces and a children’s playground. The vegetation is chosen according to environmental criteria, using species adapted to the Mediterranean climate.
AUTHORS ENRIC BATLLE DURANY, JOAN ROIG DURÁN – ARCHITECTS
TEAM IVÁN SÁNCHEZ, LOURDES ROMEO – ARCHITECTS / JAVIER ZALDÍVAR – ARCHITECT & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT / DOLORS FEU – AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT / ELISABETH TORREGROSA – BUILDING ENGINEER