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CAGES FOR MACAWS IN THE PALM GROVE OF BARCELONA ZOO

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Barcelona, Spain
Batlle & Roig Architects, Esplugues de LLobregat, Spain
2009
World Architecture Festival 2009 - Category Winner

Eva Serrats 


CAGES FOR MACAWS IN THE PALM GROVE OF BARCELONA ZOO


The palm grove in the Parc de la Ciutadella is a small 1500sqm garden made up of a wide collection of palm trees of different heights and a thick tropical bush vegetation. It has always been used as an habitat for the macaws. Its remote location and the noisy and colorful presence of the birds turn it into an exotic oasis inside the park and a unique place inside the city.

The design of the cage was developed following the instructions of the Zoo’s technicians. The total surface of each unit is 21.5sqm, from which 14.40sqm can be seen by the general public. The rest is divided in 5.20sqm of “sleeping area” and 4.90sqm of maintenance corridor. The main structure of the cage is made up with several leaning metal tubes that bend and close on the top like a “metal wheat sheaf”.

The project focused on the cage design, which is complex enough to arrange the garden through the path of the visitor by its repetition. The main criterion was arranging the cages in an apparently random way making them always offer different perspectives, creating a system than can be perceived as a picturesque system lacking of any rule and continuously surprising. Its immersion into the palm grove looks for coexistence, respecting its hidden nature and increasing its exoticism.



Situation: Palm grove in the Barcelona Zoo, Parc de la Ciutadella
Authors: Enric Batlle and Joan Roig, Architects
Year: 2008
Program: 13 cages and the garden’s urbanization
Developer: Foment de Ciutat Vella, S.A / Barcelona Serveis Municipals
Building Firm: COPISA
Area: 1375 sqm
Budget: 345.000 €
Collaborators: Francesc Puig, Architect
Helena Mostazo, Agronomist

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Batlle & Roig Architects
Esplugues de LLobregat
Spain
 

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Architect
Mr Batlle i Durany Enric
Batlle & Roig Architects
Spain
34 93 457 98 84
enric.batlle@batlleiroig.com

Architect
Mr Roig i Duran Joan
Batlle & Roig Architects
Spain
34 93 457 98 84
joan.roig@batlleiroig.com