April 20, 2009
Proyect published in THE PUBLIC CHANCE. New Urban Landscapes
The park uses the roof of the bus garage of the Barcelona transport company and it is its main façade. The only parts that stick out are the emergency exits and the garage’s entrance bay.
Some of the circular areas around the roof drains have herbal plants or climbing plants (Bougainvillea, ivy and grass), on a mixed plant ground. Besides this, low trees have been planted (cherry, tamarind, chinaberry, pine, acacia, olive and Holm oak) disseminated in some of these areas and also in paved areas.
Under its surface, the park conceals a complex drainage system of the roof it is located on, with openings every 40 metres. It is a huge drainage and water-carrying machine that separates water in pipes and drains below the surface. Around the drains that the roof requires, different sized circles have been drawn covered and placed in different ways. Those that serve as centres of activity are covered in rubber, sand or exposed concrete and allow dynamic activities (skating, water games, cycling, children’s games, etc.).
There are also circular spaces that surround the mentioned drainage points and that serve to establish sitting areas, either paved in exposed concrete, sand or white marble pebbles and mortar or planted with grass.
There is a perimetral road for vehicular traffic. On the inside of the park, main pedestrian paths are established around the circular areas, paved in concrete with marble pebbles and secondary paths are paved in meshed concrete.
Photos taken by Javier Arpa, available under request.