Pedestrian Connection

Architect
Batlle i Roig arquitectes
Location
Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona, Spain | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Promenades
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
PavementBreinco
Trees / cherry trees, almond trees, apple treesArribas Center, S.L.
Gabion Meshes + Containment meshesBianchini Ingeniero
Covers and frames of installationsCofunco, S.A.
Covers and frames of installationsGrup Fabregas
Railings and iron elementsHierros Iserte

Product Spec Sheet
Pavement
Trees / cherry trees, almond trees, apple trees
Gabion Meshes + Containment meshes
Covers and frames of installations
Covers and frames of installations
Railings and iron elements

Pedestrian Connection Between Barcelona and Montcada i Reixac

Batlle i Roig arquitectes as Architects

A new connection safer, healthier and more sustainable
The project is located in an interstitial space between towns, on the confluence between the Collserola and Marina mountain ranges, touching the Rec Comtal and Besòs natural spaces.

photo_credit Jordi Surroca
Jordi Surroca

CONNECTING THE CITIES
The project's goal is to arrange and improve the pedestrian connection between the Vallbona and Can Sant Joan districts, slightly regularizing the trace and the slope of the existing path to solve the lack of connection between adjacent neighborhoods. Committing to soft mobility and a biophillic city: healthier, cleaner, and more accessible for people. The new 175m long passageway, is traced with gentle slopes for pedestrians in a renatured environment, acting as an overlook over the Besos river. The path stitches together the pedestrian urban network with the metropolitan free-space system through one of the shortest possible connections between Barcelona and Montcada.

photo_credit Jordi Surroca
Jordi Surroca

Defining the standard section and choosing a limited material palette, a complex project is solved in a simple manner, paying attention to the specificity of the place and adapting to each spot in order to maintain existing vegetation and slopes in the most respectful way possible. The esplanade adjacent to the Primer de Maig square is arranged with fruit trees, creating an urban threshold where an insect hotel will be installed.

photo_credit Jordi Surroca
Jordi Surroca

RESPECTING NATURE
The pier like catwalk on stilts maintains the place's dynamic allowing for the crossing of fauna and maintaining the continuity of water in its natural runoff.

The 2m wide path avoids large land movements maintaining the site's orography and respecting the existing pine trees.

photo_credit Jordi Surroca
Jordi Surroca

MANAGING RAINFALL
The areas closer to the urban fabric where the orography is favorable allows for a dike like path with a gabion wall, retaining and laminating the surface run off water favoring the stability of the slope created by disaggregated slate strata and illegal dumps.

photo_credit Jordi Surroca
Jordi Surroca

In the new door-to-door urban mobility paradigm, this new path must become a new more secure, healthier, and comfortable connection between both municipalities. A space destined to be a leisure path, a metropolitan link, and a natural lookout for everyone.

photo_credit Jordi Surroca
Jordi Surroca
photo_credit BATLLE I ROIG
BATLLE I ROIG
photo_credit BATLLE I ROIG
BATLLE I ROIG
photo_credit BATLLE I ROIG
BATLLE I ROIG

Material Used :
1. HIERROS ISERTE S.A: Railings and iron elements
2. Viveros Planas Pubol SL: Trees / Pinos Pinea
3. Arribas center SL: Trees / cherry trees, almond trees, apple trees
4. Profiles Aragon SA: Collaborating slab
5. Cofunco SA: Covers and frames of installations
6. FundiciónDúctilFábregas SAU: Covers and frames of installations
7. Bianchini: Gabion Meshes + Containmentmeshes
8. Breinco: Pavement / Tegula-tec, Vulcanslab, Panot
9. Projar: Pine sleepers

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