Architect: Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Client: Infraestructures de Llevant
Size: 4,500 m²
Designed by José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torress, the 4,500 m2 photovoltaic canopy is a powerful addition to the industrial facilities that have always been present in this area of Barcelona.
Built in 2004 for the “Forum Barcelona 2004” event, it sits over a 14 ha esplanade shaped like an open hand that works as an extension of the Diagonal Avenue and covers a large part of a water treatment plant.
The canopy itself produces both energy and provides a shaded place in this otherwise hot and inhospitable area. The skewed plane, oriented south with a 30º inclination, is supported by four concrete twisted legs that stick out of the sailing school underneath.