The project site is 1.6 hectares wide and is located where the railway station of Igualada used to be, at the end of Mossen Cinto Verdaguer Avenue between two streets that have a steep slope between them.
The park is divided into two parts by a complex, sectioned wall. The lower part is flat and resolves the connection with Joan Maragall Street. This part is planted with banana trees and honeysuckle. The higher part is sloped to resolve the connection with Trobadiners Street and is mostly planted with low vegetation.
The wall changes its dimension and geometry to adapt to the different areas of the park. As the wall is covered with the same material (black stone), it is easier to perceive the park as a unified whole. Moving along through the site, the wall becomes a channel, stairs, a theatre, a grotto and a bar. At the end, it transforms into a large space surrounded by the bar, the grotto and the theatre.
The high point of the wall is a path that borders the wood and connects Plaza Catalonia with Balmes Avenue. Two ponds are located in two different parts of the park. One is at the end of the promenade beside Plaza Catalonia. The other one encloses the grotto and the bar. The lower part of the wall is a channel that connects the two ponds.
The arrangement of elements and configuration of the spaces are directly related with the desired public character. The wall and the sensations that it generates, in combination with the layout of the sculptural components, all reflect the character of an old garden that has invaded the former railway station.
AUTHORS ENRIC BATLLE I DURANY, JOAN ROIG I DURAN – ARCHITECTS
CLIENT IGUALADA CITY COUNCIL
TEAM LLUIS JUBERT – ARCHITECT / TERESA GALÍ-IZARD – AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER / LLUÍS ROIG – BUILDING ENGINEER
COLLABORATORS STATIC, GERARDO RODRÍGUEZ -STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING / PERE LARGO – MEP ENGINEERING