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Spain: Parc Diagonal Mar

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Parc Diagonal Mar | Spain | Europe

[Visited: December 2007]

Barcelona is not just the city of Gaudí, Ramblas and the historic centre: it is also a progressive city, and its dedication to modernization can be seen in its architecture. Today, I decided to visit the area developed in the early 21st century: Parc Diagonal Mar. Coming up the subway station, I had the impression I was in another city, as it looked so different from where I had disappeared underground. Not only were my surroundings newly developed architecture, they were also largely empty.

Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Boats moored in the harbour of Parc Diagonal Mar

Parc Diagonal Mar was designed for the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2004, much like other major events sent impulses to modernize Barcelona: the 1992 Olympics and the Universal Expositions in 1888 and 1929. More than a park, the entire waterfront area was changed completely, including residential areas, hotels, the largest convention centre of Southern Europe, a shopping complex, and a yacht harbour. I walked past one of the most remarkable buildings of the area: a triangular, purple building with uniquely shaped reflecting windows covering the building vertically. Perhaps the residents were at work, or in: I did not see any.

Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Remarkable building with triangular shape, purple colour and originally shaped windows

I did meet a few people going for a stroll though, or riding their bikes. The new harbour with luxury boats, Port de Sant Adrià, was very quiet, perhaps also because it was early December. A high bridge allows pedestrians to make a tour around the entire harbour, offering nice views on the harbour itself and the surrounding area. The bridge also led me to the enormous solar panels on the other side, acting like a high, slanted roof. From here, I walked back to the central area of the Parc Diagonal Mar, finding things like a sun clock on the ground, many lanterns defining the skyline of the park, an enormous roof covering an empty space, a beautiful, tilted pedestrian bridge, and a very high war monument connecting this area of modernity to the past. From here, I had a very pleasant walk back to the city on the beaches, enjoying the surprisingly warm December sun.

Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Looking towards the city from under the gigantic solar panels
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Reflections in building of Parc Diagonal Mar
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Cyclist, stairs and industry at Parc Diagonal Mar
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Parc Diagonal Mar: benches and trees
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Port de Sant Adrià, the modern harbour of Parc Diagonal Mar with luxury boats
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Enormous solar panel at Parc Diagonal Mar
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Skyline of lanterns, and solar clock and panel
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Lines of modern architecture: seats and roof
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Triangular building and oddly shaped windows
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Reflection of modern architecture
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): War monument towering above Parc Diagonal Mar
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Artistic structures outside one of the buildings of Parc Diagonal Mar
Picture of Parc Diagonal Mar (Spain): Pedestrian bridge in close-up

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