Diagonal Poble Nou Park

Location Barcelona (Spain)
Client Barcelona City Council, Sociedad Municipal Barcelona Urban Management, S.A. (BAGURSA)
Area 55.000 m²
Year 2007
Status Completed-Built
Typology Urban Design
Collaborator Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Photography Adrià Goula
Team Fermín Vázquez, Peco Mulet, Pablo Garrido, Cristina Algás, Gemma Ojea Cristina

“The Poblenou garden is composed like a stone architecture with its vaults, its ceilings, its hypostyle rooms… But the material is alive, green or colored, natural and controlled. This architecture requires calmness, silence” (Jean Nouvel).

Like a garden located in four irregular blocks at the meeting point between the Cerdá plot and Diagonal Avenue in Barcelona’s Poble Nou, each block is surrounded by vegetation-covered walls in which masses of bougainvillea mask the enclosure and project the garden towards Diagonal Ave. These walls protect a plantation of false pepper trees and tipuanas distributed over a mathematical grid that occupies two thirds of the garden. Their branches, linked together, create plant domes.

In each area different situations and incidents take place: a large circular square to host festive events of different kinds, colored trees planted at a certain inclination to create “bouquets”, walls covered with flowers in aquatic rooms, rooms with tables and chairs… capable of responding to the desires and needs of visitors of all ages.