Client: City of Barcelona, Department of Ecology, Urban and Mobility
Providing a gateway to the sea for locals and visitors, Parc Diagonal Mar was planned by EDAW and features play areas, lakes, a waterfall, an outdoor café, a fountain and viewing mounds, all linked by paths that lead to the beach. The park is conceived as an abstract tapestry in plan view, and is enjoyed from above by high-rise residents. The stainless steel manifolds are activated with misting nozzles to give the impression of floating clouds. Ecology played a meaningful role in the park’s design. A regional retention pond and sections of shoreline edged with aquatic plants provide first flush cleansing of storm water, as well as a habitat for indigenous marine and bird species.