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XV Studio Proposes to Turn Barcelona Bullfighting Ring into Animal-Friendly Eco Center

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 12, 2011 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture,Green renovation | 2 Comments

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Built in 1914, la Plaza Monumental sits in what is considered one of the three most prestigious squares [9] in Spain, next to Plaza de Las Ventas in Madrid [10] and the Maestranza in Seville. Once bullfighting was legally banned in July of 2010, it was used as a venue for music [11] and special events.

In XV’s proposed design, the Ecological Center is a place for both work and play. Laboratories [12] and companies that are animal friendly and respect the environment such as Greenpeace [13], WWF, and The Body Shop would be located under the massive circular [14] stands. The box seats near the top of the ring would house bars and restaurants [15] 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 [16], people could play beach volleyball, beach soccer [17], 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 [18].

Using the structure’s existing elements to promote animal safety [19] and environmental responsibility, XV Studio essentially creates the opposite atmosphere of la Plaza Monumental’s past. This historic ring [20] would have a second chance to connect with its community in a positive way.

+ Xavier Vilalta Studio [3]

Via archdaily [21]


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/xv-studio-proposes-to-turn-barcelona-bullfighting-ring-into-animal-friendly-eco-center/barcelona-ecological-center3/?extend=1

[3] XV: http://xvstudio.com/

[4] building's use : http://inhabitat.com/architect-richard-rogers-transforms-barcelonas-las-arenas-bullfighting-ring-into-epic-shopping-center/

[5] animal: http://inhabitat.com/animal-wall-deluxe-apartments-for-birds-and-bats/

[6] sustainable: http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-solarium-garden-designed-for-delhi-india/

[7] eco-friendly: http://inhabitat.com/solar-2-eco-center-in-nyc/

[8] Image: http://inhabitat.com/xv-studio-proposes-to-turn-barcelona-bullfighting-ring-into-animal-friendly-eco-center/barcelona-ecological-center5/

[9] prestigious squares: http://inhabitat.com/metropol-parasol-the-worlds-largest-wooden-structure-opens-in-seville/metropolparasol1/

[10] Madrid: http://inhabitat.com/madrids-sustainable-ecopolis-plaza-is-a-versatile-public-space/

[11] music: http://inhabitat.com/illuminated-shipping-container-wall-is-a-temporary-music-festival-venue-in-rio-de-janeiro/

[12] Laboratories: http://inhabitat.com/national-renewable-energy-laboratory-offers-free-building-efficiency-software/

[13] Greenpeace: http://inhabitat.com/greenpeace-uses-adorable-animals-to-encourage-painting-roofs-white/

[14] circular: http://inhabitat.com/chinese-hakka-houses-form-self-sustaining-communities/

[15] restaurants: http://inhabitat.com/restaurant-extends-diners-into-the-sea/

[16] sand floor: http://inhabitat.com/new-co2-sand-bricks-are-2-5-times-stronger-than-concrete/

[17] soccer: http://inhabitat.com/mexico-unveils-gigantic-green-roofed-volcano-soccer-stadium/

[18] sporting competitions: http://inhabitat.com/rugby-world-cup-2011-how-new-zealand-is-making-it-the-greenest-tournament-yet/

[19] safety: http://inhabitat.com/breaking-news-chevy-volt-and-nissan-leaf-awarded-highest-iihs-safety-ratings/

[20] historic ring: http://inhabitat.com/sole-arena-thermal-spa-taps-the-natural-healing-powers-of-salted-air/

[21] archdaily: http://www.archdaily.com/167749/barcelona-ecological-center-xv-studio/110802-bec-diagrams-600/

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