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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
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.
Via archdaily 
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 prestigious squares: http://inhabitat.com/metropol-parasol-the-worlds-largest-wooden-structure-opens-in-seville/metropolparasol1/
 Madrid: http://inhabitat.com/madrids-sustainable-ecopolis-plaza-is-a-versatile-public-space/
 music: http://inhabitat.com/illuminated-shipping-container-wall-is-a-temporary-music-festival-venue-in-rio-de-janeiro/
 Laboratories: http://inhabitat.com/national-renewable-energy-laboratory-offers-free-building-efficiency-software/
 Greenpeace: http://inhabitat.com/greenpeace-uses-adorable-animals-to-encourage-painting-roofs-white/
 circular: http://inhabitat.com/chinese-hakka-houses-form-self-sustaining-communities/
 restaurants: http://inhabitat.com/restaurant-extends-diners-into-the-sea/
 sand floor: http://inhabitat.com/new-co2-sand-bricks-are-2-5-times-stronger-than-concrete/
 soccer: http://inhabitat.com/mexico-unveils-gigantic-green-roofed-volcano-soccer-stadium/
 sporting competitions: http://inhabitat.com/rugby-world-cup-2011-how-new-zealand-is-making-it-the-greenest-tournament-yet/
 safety: http://inhabitat.com/breaking-news-chevy-volt-and-nissan-leaf-awarded-highest-iihs-safety-ratings/
 historic ring: http://inhabitat.com/sole-arena-thermal-spa-taps-the-natural-healing-powers-of-salted-air/
 + Xavier Vilalta Studio: http://xvstudio.com/
 archdaily: http://www.archdaily.com/167749/barcelona-ecological-center-xv-studio/110802-bec-diagrams-600/
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