Espai Germanetes: Activating Vacant Space in the Middle of Barcelona

The Eixample Esquerre is, in terms of form and function, a patterned and monotone district of Barcelona. Solid blocks and long streets of asphalt are framing the urban grid of this part of the city which shapes the usual landscape of the Catalan capital. The excitement of finding a block that breaks this constant rhythm is enormous as pedestrians snoop around almost incredulous at the scene of a place where speculation has not arrived yet.

The majority of passers-by look down instead of looking up and surprise themselves of finding solid earth on the ground! This is the case of “Espai Germanetes”, a large unoccupied block located at the confluence of Viladomat and Consell de Cent streets, where the former convent of Les Germanetes used to be located.

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