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Modification of the General Metropolitan Plan in the area of ​​the old Mercedes factory in Bon Pastor

A mixed, compact, and inclusive neighborhood. A place to work, play and live in an industrial and cultural area, prepared to combat the climate emergency.

Eco-illa Mercedes en Barcelona
Eco-illa Mercedes en Barcelona

Eco-illa Mercedes in Barcelona

The new Mercedes-Benz eco-neighborhood, a project to reactivate this old industrial area with new economic and residential activity, that plays its part to the major urban regeneration project of Bon Pastor and Besòs areas

Authors

Batlleiroig Arquitectura. Enric Batlle Durany, Joan Roig i Duran – Architect/ Abel Porcar Badal – Architect and urban planner

Team

Josep Maria Navarrete, Diana Martínez Badia, Helena Salvadó Giné, Albert Gil Margalef, Josep Batlle Blay – Architect / Joan Batlle Blay – Architect and landscape architect / Mercedes Blay Blanc, Helena Valls Fígols – Architect and urban planner

Collaborators

Garrigues – Lawyers

Promoter

Conren Tramway

Project status

Tender

Start date

2020

Main use

Residential / Offices / Equipment

Total area

90.560 m2
The transformation of the Mercedes factory is an example of the strategy to regenerate the neighborhoods of Barcelona. / © Antonio Navarro Wijkmark

A NEW MIXED, COMPACT AND INCLUSIVE URBAN SPACE

This new project will turn an old car factory into a new factory of ideas, innovation, and knowledge. The transformation of La Mercedes is an example of the strategy to regenerate, reactivate and rehabilitate the Besòs neighborhoods towards a new city model.

The Mercedes-Benz factory complex, in disuse since its closure in 2007 and with more than 90,000 m2, offers an unprecedented opportunity for transformation to create a new mixed, compact and inclusive urban space between the neighborhoods of Sant Andreu del Palomar and Bon Pastor. It is about updating the industrial uses that it had to the economy of the 21st century and thus generating a new neighborhood in an area that until now has been closed.

© Antonio Navarro Wijkmark

STRENGTHENING THE CREATIVITY SECTOR

A new sustainable and resilient environment prepared to face the climatic emergency, where housing, green areas, and new facilities are given great prominence.

To preserve the memory of the city’s 20th-century industrial architecture, the new factory will maintain the most representative buildings of the complex, providing them with a new economic activity to promote the surrounding industrial estates. The central nave will be converted into a new square, and the buildings around it will house economic activities linked to the creativity, design, and new technologies sector. To this end, an agreement of intent has been signed with Elisava Escola Universitària de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona, ​​the Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya and the Fundació Leitat.