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La Termica Turbine Hall

BARCELONA, SPAIN

La Termica Turbine Hall

BARCELONA, SPAIN

2018

CLIENT

Metrovacesa

TYPOLOGY

Culture

SIZE M2/FT2

60,000 / 538,200

STATUS

IDEA

3 Xemeneies is a former steam power plant that was constructed 50 years ago in Barcelona, and stands as a monument to its outdated technology. Once the plant was retired, the remaining three chimneys and turbine hall became a local cultural landmark. The three chimneys still standing remain the tallest structures in the region and are undeniable icons in search of new symbolism and significance.

 

BIG’s proposal preserves the sculptural beauty of the three chimneys by wrapping the new programs around them like vines around tree trunks. Lifted above the ground, they allow a
new pedestrian promenade to pass through and under the majestic structure – replacing the flow of steam with the footfall of people.

COLLABORATORS

OUA