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When it comes to grand design projects in the public sphere, the residents of Barcelona know that good things come to those who wait. If the past 30 years were about transforming the city’s central neighbourhoods, the recent focus has been on reshaping the gritty outer suburbs. Currently, the Spanish metropolis’s most ambitious redevelopment project is in La Sagrera, which has promised to inject some landscaped cosmopolitanism into a working- and middle-class area characterized by pedestrian high-rise apartment blocks and defunct industrial buildings. Camp del Ferro — a newly completed sports centre for basketball, roller hockey and artistic skating — is one of the first finished buildings in this ongoing project.

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Barcelona’s Camp del Ferro Sports Facility is an Elegantly Complex Group Effort

In a gritty suburb of the Spanish metropolis, three studios team up for a new recreation centre defined by a scalloped roofline and a lattice-like brick “skin.”

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