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Adaptation of the free spaces along the old road to host large-format activities in Igualada

A system of terraces built with natural materials become a great amphitheater and butterfly garden, consolidating this axis of the city in a green corridor and social connector between the city and its natural environment.

Parc central d’Igualada
Parc central d’Igualada

Igualada Central Park

The new Central Park of Igualada will be the largest free space in the city and will give continuity to the Green Ring, linking the urban area with the natural environment of the Òdena streamflow. Once completed, the Central Park project will facilitate the connection of pedestrians and bicycles with the natural areas close to the city of Igualada, favoring the development of healthy and recreational activities in contact with nature.

Authors

Batlleiroig Arquitectura. Enric Batlle Durany, Joan Roig i Duran, Iván Sánchez Fabra – Architect

Team

Livia Valentini – Architect and landscape architect / Dolors Feu – Agricultural engineer and landscape architect / Marta Sanz Cuso – Architect

Collaborators

SBS Simón i Blanco – Engineering

Promoter

Ajuntament d’Igualada

Construction company

Acsa Sorigué

Project status

Built

Start date

2017

Finish date

2017

Total area

6303 m2
© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca

Igualada Central Park

The project preserves the maximum permeable soil surface and improves existing drains with the incorporation of areas depressed by the accumulation of surface runoff water.

The drainage system is designed with the aim of redirecting all the infiltrated rainwater to irrigate the vegetation of the bleachers and lateral slopes: a continuous system of gravel ditches that runs along the entire length of the bleachers, unfolded in correspondence with the planted areas so that the wet areas are distributed and the roots of the plants can obtain the maximum benefit.

A large “Oloretum” of aromatic and native plants, divided into seven groups of different flowering and coloring species, forms the continuous garden, claiming many species of native and Mediterranean butterflies. Trees planted in small groups, both in the bleachers and on the lateral slope, are deciduous and have the purpose of shading users during the warmer months of the year.

The park’s central space is the protagonist of many temporary events, the most important of which is the European Balloon Festival, which takes place annually in the first week of July.

In 2017, the northern margin of this space has been completed, creating a bleacher made of eco sleepers that can accommodate up to 1500 people for large events.

 

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