Center Forum for the Theatre: Barcelona_district of Sant Martì (Spain)
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The project area is located in the centre of the 19th century city planned by Ildefonso Cerdà. The district of Sant Martì is characterized by areas of urban decay with the presence of mixed building types inconsistent with the design of the blocks defined by the orthogonal road grid. The urban sector is also characterized by the permanence of the ancient streets prior to the 19th century expansion of the city. In particular the south-west north-east road axis (carrer Pere IV) which, starting from the ancient town, crosses the orthogonal road network, cutting diagonally the quadrangular blocks.
The project wants to highlight the overlapping presence of these different morphological structures through the alignment of the different buildings. The outcome of the intervention is the creation of a pole characterized by the integration of open and closed spaces that introduces a polarized spatiality into a reticular urban structure. The project, in its urban dimension, proposes a new programmatic vision of the city, perceived through polarities incardinated in the reticular system. A vision that enhances the stratification and co-presence of different ways of use and urban morphologies that overlap over time and condition subsequent developments, including those planned and implemented in a coherent way, according to a unitary urban project, such as the expansion of Barcelona in the nineteenth century designed by Cerdà.