Inaugurated back in March, 2011 this shopping center that arose from the "ashes" of an old bullring is clearly one the best examples of modern architecture in Barcelona. I took some more pictures of the surroundings and from above that I will post someday but not too many of the building as such. Maybe this link to a gallery published in the Guardian portraying Las Arenas before and after
helps. A long time ago, when this project was starting I published a couple of images where you could see the whole building held above the ground by a steel framework: Las Arenas bullring in Plaça Espanya
and Las Arenas: A Historic Barcelona Bullring to Become a Leisure Center
. The posts are so old that some links are not working. At least this one to architect Richard Rogers
' main site still works. 105.000 sq meters of retail and leisure. 12 movie theaters. A fully equipped gym, including a jogging track. A wonderful 360 degree platform around the dome to enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the city, specially Plaza España and the fountains of Montjuic. I suppose the place will be crammed packed for La Merce celebrations in September. Finally here the Las Arenas shopping centre
's main site, unfortunately just in Spanish.
Labels: architects, architecture, bullring, shopping