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Forum building

Herzog & de Meuron, arquitectos


The new Congress Centre –the nerve centre of the Forum 2004 events—is situated at the end of avenida Diagonal, at the meeting point of this important city street with the Mediterranean coastline. From the point of view of urban planning, the project has sought to create an important confluence between the historic city artery and its appendices and the maritime horizon, obtained thanks to a platform of large dimensions under which runs the Ronda Litoral, the coastal ring road, and a large water treatment plant is located. It had been decided to design a structure capable of articulating the public space; moreover, the entire programme for the closed spaces –which encompasses an auditorium for over three thousand spectators, civic and collective areas, halls, offices and restaurants—is organised in a horizontal sense to facilitate the interchange and interrelations of the different planned activities.

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Promotor: Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, representado por Infraestructures del Llevant de Barcelona S.A. Proyecto: Herzog & de Meuron, arquitectos. Equipo de proyecto H&deM: Carlos Bautista, Aeneas Bracklo y Béla Berec (maquetas), Marcos Carreño, Maria Flaccavento, Alex Franz, Silvia Gil, Albert González, Jacques Herzog, Matthias Hilgert, Blanca Hueso, Ana Inacio, Luis Jativa, David Koch, Nicholas Lyons, Ana Marques, Ascan Mergenthaler, Pierre de Meuron, Marta Mitjans, Julio Muñoz, Holger Othmar, Christopher Pannettr, Nuno Ravarra, Aurora Rebollo, Miquel Rodriguez, Mónica Serra, Yoana Urralburu, Stephan Wedrich, Mika Woll. Dirección de obra: Herzog & de Meuron, Basilea, Suiza. Aparejador: Ibering, Barcelona. Ingeniería de estructuras: R. Brufau, Barcelona y WGG Schnetzer Puskas, Basilea, Suiza. Ingeniería de servicios: JGA, Joan Gallostra, Barcelona y Waldhauser, Basilea, Suiza. Consultores iluminación: Isometrix, Londres, Reino Unido. Consultores acústica: Higini Arau, Barcelona. Consultores fachada: Biosca & Botey, Barcelona. Fotografía: Duccio Malagamba.
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