THE LEGACY OF THE WORKS

Visual tour of some of the most outstanding contemporary infrastructures built with concrete

Malleable, durable and capable of creating a prodigious engineering”. With these words, the specialist in architecture, Philip Jodidio, refers to concrete in the book 100 contemporary concrete buildings. The volume underscores the surprising revival that this material has experienced in the 21st century and how great architects use it without prejudice, both in its large constructions for public use and in single-family homes.

Although the severe economic crisis of the last decade caused a decline in construction and investment in infrastructure – which led to a decline in cement consumption of 80% in a decade – the sector holds on. With an annual per capita consumption of 209 kilos per capita in 2015, the cement industry continues to add value to society. Figures apart, his clearest demonstration of force remains in all the works. The great infrastructures scattered throughout the territory and the trust that the recognized architects deposit in the material for their creations are the evidence and the greater reward for a sector that resurges.

EXAMPLES OF CONCRETE USE

Centro de Convenciones Internacional de Barcelona - Ejemplos de uso del hormigón

Barcelona International Convention Center

Location
Year
Project
Built surface

Barcelona
2004
José Luis Mateo
67.000m2

The Barcelona International Convention Center is integrated in the new maritime facade of the coast of Barcelona, Diagonal Mar, in a space where technology and business of the 22 @ coexist with the inhabitants of one of the most popular residential districts of the Catalan capital. In addition to its location, the CCIB is unique in Europe for its beauty, architectural originality and the versatility of its spaces.
Depuradora de Barcelona - Ejemplos de uso del hormigón

Barcelona sewage treatment plant

Location
Year
Project
Built surface

Barcelona
2004
EMSA – Iberinsa
94.000 m2

The Besós sewage and rainwater treatment plant is one of the largest integrated wastewater treatment plants in the world and the highest processing capacity in Catalonia with 525,000 m³ / day. Its facilities, which treat the water of more than half the population of the metropolitan area, integrate harmoniously with the urban space where there are squares, hotels, offices.
Edifició Fórum - Ejemplos de uso del hormigón

Forum Building

Location
Year
Project
Built surface

Barcelona
2004
Herzog & De Meuron
25.000 m2

Swiss architects Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron chose a triangle – a geometric shape rarely used in architecture – to build the main building of Forum 2004. This large blue volume of rough structure, which acts as an exhibition and conference center, was a piece Key to convert the area of the beginning of the Barcelona Diagonal – before known as “no man’s land” – in an architecturally organized and significant part of the Barcelona of the XXI century.
Edificio Triangle - Ejemplos de uso del hormigón

Triangle Building

Location
Year
Project
Built area

Barcelona
1998
Cristian Cirici Associates
37.000 m2

Located in the so-called apple of shame, between Pelayo Street, Bergara and Plaza Catalunya, the Triangle building is a large shopping and office center in the Catalan capital. With an unbeatable location, it is considered the temple of the most central cultural consumption of the city, meeting point of natives and a must for tourists. The complex has 15,000 m2 of commercial area, 12,000 offices and another 12,000 parking spaces in five basements, one ground floor, six floors above ground and a loft.
Planta fotovoltáica - Ejemplos de uso del hormigón

Photovoltaic plant

Location
Year
Project
Built area

Barcelona
2004
Elías Torres y J. A. Martínez Lapeña
5.600 m2

The photovoltaic pergola of the Barcelona Forum is an emblematic engineering work for the city for its design and dimensions. The structure has four large concrete pillars of different heights and inclinations and its 3,780 m2 of solar panels are able to generate, in a clean and sustainable way, the amount of electric power that 1000 homes need in a year.
Pont de Riba-Roja - Ejemplos de uso del hormigón

Riba-Roja Bridge

Location
Year
Project
Constructed surface

Riba-Roja d’Ebre (Tarragona)
1997
Juan Zaballos Guijarro
350 m long

The bridge of Ribarroja de Ebro, inaugurated in 1997, is the most arcade bridge in Catalonia and one of the most illuminated among the pillars of the whole of the Spanish state. The work, which is 350 m long, favors communication with the corridor of the Ebro Valley and the center of the Peninsula and is part of the improvements in road infrastructure provided by the Tarragona Nuclear Emergency Plan (PENTA).
Torre Agbar - Ejemplos de uso del hormigón

Agbar Tower

Location
Year
Project
Built area

Barcelona
2004
Jean Nouvel and Fermín Vázquez
47.500 m2

Concrete was one of the main materials used to construct the structure of the third tallest building in Barcelona, the Torre Agar, 145 meters high, 34 floors and 50,000 m2. With a privileged location, the iconic cylindrical tower is the door of the sought-after 22 @ district and was inaugurated by the Kings of Spain in 2005. More than 30,000 m2 of the building are offices, 3,210 technical facilities, 8,132 services, including an auditorium, And 9,132 parking spaces.
Viaducto de Osormort - Ejemplos de uso del hormigón

Osormort Viaduct

Location
Year
Draft
Constructed surface

Sant Sadurní d’Osormort (Osona)
1997
Javier Manterola Armisén
504 m long

The major road infrastructure of the Generalitat, the Transversal Axis of Catalonia, was built as a road that had to be the backbone of the economic hubs of Lleida and Gerona, cities that had to pass through Barcelona before the entry into service. The C-25 was inaugurated in 1997 with more than 150 kilometers of length and 50 viaducts, in one of which was applied for the first time in the world a technique that allowed to lower inferiorly a continuous lintel of prestressed concrete.