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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 [2] in Spain, next to Plaza de Las Ventas in Madrid [3] and the Maestranza in Seville. Once bullfighting was legally banned in July of 2010, it was used as a venue for music [4] and special events.

In XV’s proposed design, the Ecological Center is a place for both work and play. Laboratories [5] and companies that are animal friendly and respect the environment such as Greenpeace [6], WWF, and The Body Shop would be located under the massive circular [7] stands. The box seats near the top of the ring would house bars and restaurants [8] 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 [9], people could play beach volleyball, beach soccer [10], 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 [11].

Using the structure’s existing elements to promote animal safety [12] and environmental responsibility, XV Studio essentially creates the opposite atmosphere of la Plaza Monumental’s past. This historic ring [13] would have a second chance to connect with its community in a positive way.

+ Xavier Vilalta Studio [14]

Via archdaily [15]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[14] + Xavier Vilalta Studio: http://xvstudio.com/

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

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