Colors Park

Architect
Built in
1995-2001
Location
Mollet del Valles, Barcelona, Spain
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Introduction

The park was commissioned to study Miralles – Tagliabue in 1993, by the local council.
Aims to become a place, hitherto marginal, in a shared building, for the holding of joint activities.

In the absence of context-specific qualities due to it, at the time of the allocation of the order, a strong social expectation of the community.

Location

This park is in Mollet del Vallès: a metropolitan area population of 52,000 inhabitants Barcelona, 15 km from the capital.

The Parc dels colors (Colors park) is located where once was a large undeveloped land. Today the inhabitants of the districts of Santa Rosa, Plana Lledó and Can Borrell, rely heavily on the park. This place (no grid), connects the three neighborhoods that surround it.

Concept

The main idea of this project is not directly on it, but if the items contained, a suspended building, graffiti turned into architecture, the colors of the paint become places and spaces, and unexpected connections.

It is a park that takes full account the context, closely related to the history of the city and the areas that comprise this: industrial city (marked by brick walls), city land (woodland park), city youth (graffiti hanging large beams), and city on the banks of the river Besos (area sources).

Spaces

The park allows for a variety of activities aimed at all audiences, and typical uses of a park.

The themes

  • The Forest – Rain – Games area
  • Graffiti
  • Amphitheater – square – balcony
  • Walls in the air
  • The garden – the vegetation of the valley
  • The Besós
  • The walk – seating area – Petanque

The equipping

  • The pavements

They are of different colors and types, and refers to the sources, the dialects, ages, different people who walk through the place: wood, cement color, brick Arabic.

Banks are undulating forms, as the mountains of Montserrat, seen from Mollet. And the foundation of banks, concrete, all different, are shaped like animals: a crocodile, a dragon, a fish, a dog.

  • Water

There are water jets, blue tiled fountains equipped with benches around it that have a role in refreshing refuge. If you look across the water, the light produces a rainbow. Among the water jets, stands one who has painted over the blue tile few letters: Enric Miralles and the city, with the typeface used in the drawings. The pottery is the work of Toni Cumella.

  • The vegetation

The area of eucalyptus is perceived by its perfume, and moving up, we discover large pots of rosemary, lavender and other fragrant species. Raising his head, you can see brick structures that reproduce forms of railings and walls of old buildings in the neighborhoods. These structures help to form a thick grove of trees when they grow more trees.

  • The graffiti

Large structures can be seen perched on concrete columns with three legs, which are shaping up in knots. These are a tribute to young artists who leave anonymous graffiti in the city; addition to fulfilling the role of pergola that casts shadows interesting.

  • The lights

The illumination of the park features elongated artifacts emerging from the cup of the palm, inviting you reach the promenade of the Union. Model named Mollet, and have a projector on one side of the plastic tube that produce the sensation of light to the rest of the tube, through a zig-zag, with minimal consumption.

With the tubes suspended draws a virtual ceiling on the rides. By day, the lighting reveals its aesthetic qualities and effects of decoration. At night, visitors can enjoy the colors of the architectural elements.

Materials

Was used in wood flooring, cement and brick colored Arabic.

Sources was used in a coating of blue tiles.

Note the use of brick on the elements that cast shadows (very characteristic element of ancient constructions of place).

Drawings

Photos

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