Squares of Gràcia
1981-1985 Jaume Bach with Gabriel Mora
 
address
Plaça del Sol, Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça Trilla.
Barcelona
Spain
client
Ajuntament de Barcelona
contractor
Ajuntament de Barcelona
collaborators
Robert Brufau i Associats (structure)
photos
Lluís Casals
description
The town of Gràcia was absorbed into Barcelona at the end of the 19th century. There then began a process of densification which produced an architecture of considerable variation both in height and in quality laid out along narrow streets now full of cars and with its very few public spaces occupied by poorly designed street furniture. Nevertheless, its nine small squares still conserved a certain character.
The approach adopted, given the insignificant assistance afforded by the architecture of the area, was to organise the project from the interior of the space of each of the squares and to reinforce the individual qualities of these, underlining the specific while affirming the common denominator of the area as a whole.
The project thus proposed to remove parking from the surface of the squares and reduce the areas of roadway to the minimum in order to achieve a physical and visual expansion, and to impose a rational order on the service elements.