Las Arenas bullring was inaugurated on June 29thThe bullring was one of the nerve points of the city, a building that could hold the biggest number of people with the appearance of an enormous space.
The original bullring, which was built in the 19th century, used to be at a higher level than the streets around, so visitors entered through ramps and stairs.
The bullring had capacity for 15,000 spectators and a 52 meter diameter arena. There were seating areas, stands covered by sun and shadow, and in a higher storey, 52 boxes and general seats.
The transformation works of Las Arenas bullring beginAfter years of disuse, in 2005 the transformation of the arena into the current shopping centre was started. During the excavations, a hole followed by an underground tunnel was found, which could have been used as a shelter in the past.
Designed by the British architect Richard Rogers in cooperation with the architectural studio Alonso-Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados.
Facade underpinningThis was one of the critical points of the whole building process due to its great technical complexity, since 4,000 tons had to be sustained at its level.
The whole building of Arenas de Barcelona is culminated by a Dome, quite flat with a 12-meter high top point. It is made of wood because of its lighter weight and its excellent properties against fire.
The quality and warmth of wood give the ensemble, with its big dimensions (767 meter diameter), a spatial perception of great visual interest thanks also to four big skylights that allow natural direct light into it.
Grand opening of Arenas de Barcelona shopping centre on March 24thThe night of Thursday March 24th, the shopping centre was inaugurated and on the following day, it was opened to the general public. Lots of people, full of curiosity, filled the aisles of the shopping centre for the whole day. On top of Arenas, there is the new icon of Barcelona, an innovative space where the most special events of the city will be held: Cúpula Events.
Capable of holding any kind of events and celebrations, distinctive and unique for the people attending them: Artistic, cultural and social demonstrations, such as museums and exhibitions, sport or gastronomic events, fashion catwalks, showrooms and fairs, press conferences, corporate events: product presentations, conferences, cocktails, business lunches and dinners... or any other event you could imagine.