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
Arquitectes per l’Arquitectura (AxA) organizes next Friday, 13th July, with the collaboration of BICI Cultura BCN, a cycle tour to the pedestrian and cycling connection between Esplugues de Llobregat and Barcelona, which our studio has finished this 2018.
Batlleiroig professionals will guide the participants of this visit by bike to the bicycle and pedestrian connection that our office has inaugurated this year. AxA organizes this route in the framework of the “End of work” itinerary, which includes a tour of four works recently finished or nearly finished in Barcelona, hand in hand with their authors.
The departure is scheduled at 4.30 pm from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB), on Diagonal Avenue, 649, and the first stop will be the cycle and pedestrian lane by Batlleiroig. Then, it will be the turn of the Sants Gardens, the Lleialtat Santsenca Civic Center and La Borda housing cooperative. The tour will end around 8.30 pm with a vermouth in the neighborhood of Sants.
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‘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
‘THE FOREST ROAD’ IN THE ROQUES BLANQUES CEMETERY WINS THE CATALUNYA CONSTRUCCIÓ AWARD 2018 FOR INNOVATION
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.
Four Batlleiroig projects have been shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards, which will be delivered at the end of November in Amsterdam. The projects nominated to the WAF are the Stradivarius Headquarters, the SBGlow Hotel, the Scenic Path along the Former Gypsum Mines in Igualada and the new cruise terminal at the Barcelona harbor.
Batlleiroig is nominated in four categories of the WAF 2018 Awards, considered the most relevant architecture awards worldwide. Three of the finalist projects compete in the ‘Completed Projects’ section and they are the headquarters of Stradivarius, in the Offices category; the SBGlow Hotel, in Hotel and Leisure; and the new cruise terminal of Barcelona, HELIX Cruise Terminal, in the Transport category. On the other hand, in the section of ‘Landscape’, the Scenic Path along the Former Gypsum Mines in Igualada is also finalist, in the Rural category.
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).
ALBERT GIL, SPEAKER AT THE VIII INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ARCHITECTURAL ENVELOPES 2018 IN SAN SEBASTIÁN
Albert Gil, Partner and Building Director in Batlleiroig, has been invited to participate in the VIII International Congress of Architectural Envelopes, ICAE 2018, to make a conference about one of our ongoing projects, the Parc Glòries building, in the 22@ district, in Barcelona.
The conference by Albert Gil will detail the construction process of the facade of this building promoted by Colonial, located at 150 Ciutat de Granada Street, and currently the largest office building in the 22@ district. Albert Gil’s conference will take place tomorrow, Thursday 21st June, at 11.00 am.
ENRIC BATLLE WILL BE PRESENT THIS WEDNESDAY AT THE URBAN REGENERATION FORUM 2018 ON PRODUCTIVE CITIES
The next 20th, 21st and 22nd of June, the BIA platform (Bilbao Bizkaia Architecture of the Delegation in Bizkaia of the Official College of Architects Basque Navarrese) organizes the Urban Regeneration Forum by BIA 2018, a biennial forum that this year will focus on the relationship between the productive economy and the urban fabric and entitled “Paisaia produktibo berriak / Nuevos paisajes productivos / Productive landscapes”.
Enric Batlle has been invited to participate in this forum that will gather outstanding professionals and researchers in urban regeneration in the Bizkaia Aretoa, and his presentation “Merging city and nature” will take place on the first day of the congress, on Wednesday, June 20th, at 9.55 am.
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.
THE LOCAL MEDIA XVEC DEDICATES A WIDE REPORT TO THE URBANIZATION OF THE SANT IGNASI SQUARE IN MANRESA, BY BATLLEIROIG
The local media of Manresa XVEC has echoed the urbanization that our office has projected in one of the most emblematic squares of Manresa, the Sant Ignasi square, in the historic center of the city of the Bages region.
The website explains that Batlleiroig is the firm in charge of the urbanization of this space, and it says that the offices “has left a remarkable impression conceptualizing the urban green, configuring a coherent and integrative proposal of the action with the space”.
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.
ENRIC BATLLE WILL PARTICIPATE IN A ROUND TABLE ON JUNE 7th TO RETHINK “THE LIMITS OF BARCELONA” IN THE CIRCLE OF ECONOMY
The Circle of Economy and Barcelona Global organize the cycle of conferences “Pensar Barcelona” (Thinking Barcelona), a series of sessions where professionals from different sectors of the city debate on what role the Catalan capital should acquire, in a world where cities are the main driving forces of change, progress, innovation and development. On June 7th, Enric Batlle will be one of the guests in the next session of this cycle, under the title “The limits of Barcelona”.
THE HEADQUARTERS OF STRADIVARIUS AND ‘THE FOREST ROAD’, FINALISTS AT THE CATALUNYA CONSTRUCCIÓ 2018 AWARDS
The jury of the XV edition of the Catalunya Construcció 2018 Awards has chosen the Headquarters of Stradivarius and “The Forest Road”, in the Roques Blanques cemetery, among the 19 finalists for the awards. They are two of the three Batlleiroig projects that opted for the prizes, together with the Insect Hotel, which has remained on the doorstep of the final phase.
The Stradivarius Headquarters, ‘El Camí del Bosc’ (The Forest Road) in the Roques Blanques cemetery and the Insect Hotel in Vallmora’s Park are the three Batlleiroig projects that the jury of the XV edition of the Catalunya Construcció Awards has selected to be eligible for the awards, which will be delivered next June.
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 Cabildo of Gran Canaria, the government of the island, has invited Enric Batlle to participate in the “Gran Canaria Landscape” conference, which will be held on April 19th and 20th at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium on the island.
The speech of Enric Batlle, entitled “Merging public space and nature”, will take place on the 19th April at 11.15am. Afterwards, a round table is planned with one of the speakers that morning, the architect Víctor Gouverneur, and also with the architects Elsa Guerra and Flora Pescador.
The purpose of these conferences is “to create a debate forum that provides solutions and proposals in order to improve the island territory with the contributions of architects, university professors, technicians, artists, geographers and businessmen from the tourism field”. You can read the article that “El Diario” has published about the intervention of Enric Batlle in the meeting “Gran Canaria Landscape” by clicking on the image (Spanish). If you want to consult the program of the conference, click here.
THE PROVISIONAL URBANIZATION OF CAN BATLLÓ OBTAINS THE DESIGN FOR ALL FOUNDATION ‘GOOD PRACTICE’ AWARD
The Design for All Foundation has awarded to the provisional urbanization of Can Batlló projected by Batlleiroig the ‘Good Practice 2017′ certification, within the framework of the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2018. The foundation grants this seal to those projects and services that not only generate economic, social and environmental benefits, but also improves the life quality of all its users and meet their needs, in addition to taking into account the participation of citizens in the design process.
Projects classified as ‘Good Practice’ must meet the features of the “design for all” concept promoted by this foundation, that is demonstrate that it is respectful of the diversity of all its users so that no one feels marginalized, healthy, safe, functional, understandable, sustainable, affordable and attractive.
Congratulations to all the team that made this project possible!
Fotografía: Antonio Navarro Wijkmark
Enric Batlle ha sido uno de los ponentes esta mañana en un desayuno-coloquio que ha organizado el Barcelona Urban Cluster para hablar de la transformación que está experimentando la B-23 y de su futuro. El socio fundador de Batlleiroig compartía ponencia con Antoni Poveda, alcalde de Sant Joan Despí. Este desayuno-coloquio se ha celebrado en las oficinas de Barcelona de Garrigues Abogados, despacho de referencia en derecho administrativo – en concreto, en derecho urbanístico, y que, com Batlleiroig, es socio del BUC.
De izquierda a derecha, en la mesa de los ponentes, el presidente del BUC, Joan Pla; el alcalde de Sant Joan Despí, Antoni Poveda; y Enric Batlle, momentos antes de comenzar el coloquio hoy. Fuente: Barcelona Urban Cluster
The Urban Planning Director of Batlleiroig, speaker at the course on strategic environmental evaluation at the COAMB
The College of Environmentalists of Catalonia (COAMB) has organised this March a course on strategic environmental assessment, and Abel, Porcar, Urban Planning Director at Batlleiroig, was one of the speakers, presenting practical cases of strategic environmental evaluation of urban planning. According to Abel Porcar, one of the principles of Batlleiroig is the introduction of environmental variables in all phases of the project, a process where planning is a crucial part.
The Urban Planning Director of Batlleiroig, Abel Porcar.
ENRIC BATLLE IS ONE OF THE PROTAGONISTS OF THE ‘NEIGHBORHOOD TO NEIGHBORHOOD” CAMPAING BY AIGÜES DE BARCELONA
Aigües de Barcelona has launched the campaign “Neighborhood to neighborhood”, a campaign that explains the company’s management of water through people from different areas of each district of the city.
Enric Batlle is one of the images of Les Corts district, where he resides. The campaign deals with topics such as the solidarity fund, the quality and the water price of Barcelona, and it’s being broadcasted in different media and social networks, as well as on the website www.barriabarri.cat.
betevé INTERVIEWS ENRIC BATLLE BECAUSE OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE BIKE LANE BETWEEN ESPLUGUES AND BARCELONA
Click on the following link to watch the report that betevé made yesterday about the new cyclable connection of the city, promoted by the AMB and the city councils of Barcelona and Esplugues. The founding partner of Batlleiroig and architectural Project Director, Enric Batlle, highlights in this video the relevance of connecting by bike both cities, Barcelona and Esplugues, which were very close but, until now, were just connected thanks to the private vehicle and public transport.
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 a wide article about the premiere of the new bike lane between Esplugues and Barcelona, opened yesterday. In addition, the mythical section “The traffic lights” of this newspaper also highlights with a green light the important work of Batlleiroig at the time of designing and building this lane. You can read the article by Silvia Angulo in ‘La Vanguardia’ by clicking this link and on the image.
Fuente: La Vanguardia
The opening of the new pedestrian and cyclable lane between Barcelona and Esplugues has been done this morning, a lane that allows the connection for bikes and for pedestrians between Diagonal Avenue and the municipalities of Baix Llobregat, overcoming the obstacles posed by the two Rondas of Barcelona and the highway B-23.
Some of the authorities that have opened the lane today were Ramon Torra, Manager of the AMB; Antoni Poveda, Vice President of Mobility and Transport of the AMB and Mayor of Sant Joan Despí; Mercedes Vidal, Mobility Councilor of the Barcelona City Council; the mayors of Esplugues and Sant Just Desvern, Pilar Díaz and Josep Perpinyà, respectively; and different municipal councilors; in addition to the entire Batlleiroig team, with Enric Batlle and Joan Roig in the lead.
From left to right, Pilar Díaz, Josep Perpinyà and Antoni Poveda, followed by Xavier Segura, Manager of Services and Public Space in AMB; by Enric Batlle, Director of the architecture project, and other municipal authorities.
At Batlleiroig we want to continue growing and, therefore, we are in the process of looking for a Building Engineer who wants to join our team. Batlle i Roig Arquitectura is a leading office in Barcelona, with very interesting ongoing projects throughout Spain and Europe. WE OFFER an enriching job position with a long term professional career within the company. WE SEARCH an experienced Building Engineer.
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.
The newspaper ‘Regió 7′ talked about the new project of the Blue Paths in the basins of the Llobregat, Cardener and Anoia rivers, as a result of the presentation of the Urban Planning Plan of this project, designed by Batlleiroig, in the Berguedà Region Council. Get to know the features of this action so relevant for 7 regions, 58 municipalities and 400,000 Catalan inhabitants by clicking on the image and following this link.
The opening of the new pedestrian and cyclable lane between Barcelona and Esplugues is very close. This lane will allow the connection for bicycles and pedestrians between the Diagonal Avenue and the Baix Llobregat cities, saving the Ronda de Dalt and highway B23 infrastructures and connecting with Collserola’s Park and the well-known “Carretera de las Aguas”.
You will find more information about that project by clicking on the image (Catalan). Source: AMB
Aware of the need to make visible the role of women in our society, from Batlleiroig we support the protest day of the International Women’s Day attending the demonstration convened for tomorrow, 8th March.
Our commitment to equality is reflected in figures and facts: our team integrates more than 50 women, which means the 60% of Batlleiroig’s workforce. We guard equality of opportunity and treatment between men and women, guarantee equal remuneration for work of equal value and work everyday to facilitate the balance of the personal, family and work life of our whole human team.
The whole team of women of Batlleiroig, aware of our privileged position within the sector, want to make visible with this gesture the need for decent working conditions for women in our profession.
‘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.
22@Network Barcelona is the Companies and Institutions Association of the 22@district, one of the emergent districts in the city and, by the way, where Batlle i Roig has lot of presence. Now, we have decided to be a part of this project that tries to create synergies between the companies and institutions who belong to the district. The 22@ district is a sector of the city which combines the best of the brand “Barcelona” with values as knowledge, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
For more information about 22@Network BCN, click here.
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’)
Friday 9th February, Gavà opened the exhibition “Gavà inside the Green Metropolis”, curated by Enric Batlle. It is a look at the metropolitan open spaces that explores the challenges that arise when it comes to making a metropolis more accessible, healthier and more habitable.
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.
The Josep Soler Vidal de Gavà Library (Plaça de Jaume Balmes) will host until February 28th the exhibition “Green Metropolis. Ecology, Leisure and Production”, curated by Enric Batlle. It’s an exhibition that highlights the great diversity of habitats and green spaces in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
Click on the image to read the article by Llàtzer Moix in La Vanguardia
Joan Roig has been invited by Arquitectura Viva to join the forum in architecture and design “Material architecture”, next Tuesday 6th February, in Valence (Spain), within the fair Cevisama (5th-9th February). The forum will also feature the participation of outstanding professionals from the sector, including two Pritzker prizes, Rafael Moneo (1996) and Eduardo Souto de Moura (2011).
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 Batlleiroig we are pleased to announce that the Superior Council of the Architectural Colleges in Spain (CSCAE) awarded us with the CSCAE Medal 2017.
Joan Roig, Albert Gil, Enric Batlle and Iván Sánchez during the delivery of the CSCAE Medal 2017
Our four partners, Enric Batlle, Joan Roig, Albert Gil and Iván Sánchez, picked up this Medal in an event celebrated at the Assembly Hall of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, in Madrid. It is such an honor have received this award that recognizes our corporate model and our holistic vision of architecture.
Congratulations to our team that makes it possible every single day!
We are very happy at Batlleiroig: the Insects Hotel design by our office at Vallmora’s park, in El Masnou, has been proclaimed ‘Highly Commended’ project at the World Architecture Festival 2017, which has taken place last week in Berlin. Our delegates at WAF were Joan Roig, Joan Batlle and Clàudia Amías.
Click on the image to read the list of WAF Overall Winners
On the 11th November, the shopping mall designed by Batlle i Roig was the recording scene of an episode of the program “Selfie Queen”, by Chinese channel Guangxi TV, which reach about 50 million spectators. This Chinese TV channel has considered that The Style Outlets Viladecans would be a good place to record this episode of “Selfie Queen” about tourism. Specifically, its main objective is to promote the cultural exchange between Guangxi area, in the South of China, and Catalonia.
Enric Batlle, one of our founding partners at Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, will give a conference tomorrow in Vienna about the architecture practice of our office. This lecture belongs to the series of conferences “Lx10 Big Landscapes”, organized by ÖGLA, the Austrian Landscape Planning and Architecture Society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fira Barcelona, in Spain square, was where last week took place the 21st edition of Barcelona Meeting Point, the real estate meeting of the year at the city. In just five days (18th-22nd October), the fair offered the possibility of contacting the most relevant personalities of the real estate industry, meeting the best investment opportunities and learning from the last trends in real estate industry, among others.
Two of the buildings planned in Barcelona by Batlle i Roig Arquitectura will open their doors this week-end, 21st and 22nd October, as part of 48h Open House BCN Festival, considered the main date between the architecture and Barcelona: the Ciutat Esportiva of FC Barcelona – Joan Gamper and the building of the National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC in Spanish).
The CNMC building at the 22@district, in Barcelona
Joan Roig, one of our founding partners at Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, will take part in the LEAF International Berlin this Friday 13th October. LEAF International is a meeting point to exchange ideas and to discuss about last architecture trends and their development.
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Enric Batlle, one of our founding partners at Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, has been chosen as an honorable patron of the Social Board of Superior Council of the Architectural Colleges in Spain (CSCAE). In fact, on 27th September, he attended the Presentation Act organized by this institution as an Honorable Patron.
Meeting of CSCAE Social Board last 27th September. Click here for more information (Spanish)
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.
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.
Catalana Occidente has bought the two buildings from Luxa complex for 90 million euros. These buildings, designed by Batlle i Roig Arquitectura at the 22@ district, will be the headquarters of Amazon and WeWork in Barcelona since 2018. Until now, they were property of Grupo Castellví and the funds Stoneweg and 1810 Capital Investments.
Arquitectes per l´Arquitectura segueix apostant pel territori, i amb aquest nou seminari dirigit per Joan Roig, vol posar en valor la natura i el patrimoni arquitectònic de la comarca de l’Anoia per contribuir a la cohesió territorial a través d’actuacions que millorin el recorregut de la vora del curs fluvial, recuperant camins històrics i elements arquitectònics patrimonials i paisatgístics, i convertir en accessibles espais naturals fins ara desconeguts o descuidats perquè la ciutadania en pugui gaudir, i fer que siguin un motor d’atracció d’oci i lleure a l’interior del país.
On Monday, April 3, the project of the new Estadi Johan Cruyff, designed by our study, was presented.
The Espai Barça which will form the first part of the Ciutat Esportiva, FC Barcelona’s training center, will be a modern and efficient facility, with a capacity of 6.000 spectators. Upgraded to a Category 3 stadium, as defined by UEFA, will have sheltered tiers, visibility from all the seats, with an integrated 360º design to improve the atmosphere in the stadium and a parking lot of 600 spaces.
Its inauguration date will be expected to be during 2017/18 season.
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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.
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.
The newspaper La Vanguardia reveals, through the official release of Carnival Corporation & Plc, a new terminal E in the port of Barcelona designed by Batlle i Roig.
The terminal of 12.500 sqm and with an investment of more than 30 million euros will represent the values of Carnival Corporation & Plc deploying its second terminal in the port of the city of Barcelona, the largest in Europe.
The new terminal will serve as berthing for the ‘next generation’ of eco-cruise ships of Carnival Corporation & Plc, which will operate exclusively with Liquefied Natural Gas, and will reflect a modern architectural style with straight lines and minimalist concepts, which will create a contemporary and welcoming environment for guests.
It is expected to be functional in 2018 to become the most modern passenger cruise terminal in Europe.
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.
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.
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..
We will need a bike park in our garden soon!!
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.
You can see the full program here.
This October 29, Enric Batlle participated in the symposium organized by the Urban Planning and Design Department of GSD-Harvard University in the framework of the exhibition “New Issues for the Future of the City: BARCELONA, METROPOLIS OF CITIES” curated by Joan Busquets, Full Professor at the Harvard GSD-and UPC.
In his speech, titled “Green as main structure for the City,” Enric Batlle highlights the new paths that Batlle i Roig Architecture is currently exploring for the Planning & Public Space development of Barcelona Metropolis.
Atlantic Park of santander, candidate for “most innovative contemporary garden” at the EUROPEAN GARDEN AWARDS 2016
Our Atlantic Santander Park project has been selected to qualify for the EUROPEAN GARDEN AWARDS 2016 in the category “Most Innovative Contemporary Park.” The awards are granted by the European Garden Heritage Network – EGHN, based in the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The ceremony will be held during the 09th September in the stunning monumental site Schloss Dyck, a complex of about 1000 years old. Considered one of the most important cultural monuments of the Lower Rhine, boasts a XVIIC castle surrounded by nineteenth century gardens of great landscape value, and by a Contemporary Theme Gardens hosting all kind of events for stakeholders and experts in the landscape.
The Schloss Dyck Fundation manages heritage and cultural initiatives of the Complex, and is a reference center for the development of European Landscape. It was founded in 1999 and since then is dedicated to the conservation, restoration and use of the lands of the old castle, promoting professional exchange regional, national and international and the promotion of its many parks and gardens as a “Centre of Garden Art and Landscape Design.”
The works on the bike lane between Barcelona and Esplugues de Llobregat are underway. This important project for the Barcelona Metropolitan Área is about to create a cycle network that will connect all municipalities from BCN to Llobregat River Park.
“It’s like putting a thread across impossible places to connect the Diagonal bike line with the city of Esplugues, the Metropolitan Area, Llobregat municipalities & Collserola” – Enric Batlle
Last May Molins Television accompanied us to the site visit that Batlle i Roig’s Building Department organized for the City Authorities. Here is the video:
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.
At Batlle i Roig Arquitectes we work to make the commitment to quality and sustainability of the international developer
Via Célere a reality.
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.