Xavier Vilalta studio has conceived of a plan to turn Barcelona's most famous bull fighting ring into an ecological center that fosters life instead of destroying it. An Expert at reusing existing structures, XV plans to not only transform the building's use but also correct its dark past of animal cruelty. The Barcelona Ecological Center is aimed and creating a sustainable environment inside the city by transforming la Plaza Monumental into a center of eco-friendly leisure and research.
Built in 1914, la Plaza Monumental sits in what is considered one of the three most prestigious squares in Spain, next to Plaza de Las Ventas in Madrid and the Maestranza in Seville. Once bullfighting was legally banned in July of 2010, it was used as a venue for music and special events.
In XV’s proposed design, the Ecological Center is a place for both work and play. Laboratories and companies that are animal friendly and respect the environment such as Greenpeace, WWF, and The Body Shop would be located under the massive circular stands. The box seats near the top of the ring would house bars and restaurants that serve responsibly farmed and sourced organic food.
The center of the ring would be the sports and leisure area. Because of the sand floor, people could play beach volleyball, beach soccer, or try kiting. The design also includes a great deal of trees and plants for people to stroll by or relax under. The ring can also host local and national sporting competitions.
Using the structure’s existing elements to promote animal safety and environmental responsibility, XV Studio essentially creates the opposite atmosphere of la Plaza Monumental’s past. This historic ring would have a second chance to connect with its community in a positive way.