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Onze de Setembre Square in Sant Fruitós de Bages

A new multifunctional public space configured by landscaped terraces that complement the large roof and commemorate the agricultural past of the city.

Plaça del Cobert de la Màquina de Batre a Sant Fruitós de Bages
Plaça del Cobert de la Màquina de Batre a Sant Fruitós de Bages

Square of the Màquina de Batre Shed in Sant Fruitós de Bages

The proposal makes use of the agricultural language of dry stone walls and terraces to frame and enhance this heritage element while creating a multipurpose public space.

Authors

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

Team

Mario Súñer Díaz – Architect / Lidia Carrillo Parra – Architect and landscape architect / Dolors Feu – Agricultural engineer and landscape architect / Dolors Feu – Paisatgista

Promoter

Ajuntament de Sant Fruitós de Bages

Construction company

Constructora Calaf

Project status

Built

Start date

2016

Finish date

2017

Total area

4500 m2
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Màquina de Batre Square

During the following decades, the reinforcement of the industrialization of the region and its importance as a nucleus of communications led to significant population growth. This growth eventually surrounded the Beating Machine Shed. The expansion did not anticipate the reservation of 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 evolving area (known as Plaza Once de Septiembre) serves as the place where events are organized. It is thought 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 the meeting point of the municipality.

The creation of a public space where the Shed acts as a focal 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 Architect 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.

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