All these organizations have gained permission and the means to create and improve the gardens on their terraces and roofs to be available with limited access. The sizes of the territories on which the gardens will grow vary from 83 to 1085 square meters, with the garden arrangement budget to range between 40,000 and 165,000 euros. Overall, the 10 gardens are expected to encompass more than 4,000 square meters of green space.
The beneficiaries were announced within the framework of the Barcelona Week of Architecture. The winners were determined via a municipal contest initiated in June of last year, and the project informs one of a set of measures intended to make the city a greener place.
Among the contest’s winning projects, one of the four roofs that constitute the so-called Porxos d’en Xifré, in between the Gothic District and Barceloneta, is notable. On this site, the plan is to create a sunbathing zone, leisure area, drying space, and garden. In the Eixample area, the city plans to introduce more vegetation to a terrace between two residential buildings, one of which represents property jointly owned with Pérez Iborra private school. In the district of Aragó 323, a group of multi-storied buildings and office complexes won the contest. In Gràcia, the idea is to create gardens on Balcells street, where residents soon will see a small fishpond and butterfly garden. One of the newly-constructed buildings of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau will have a new garden on the roof that also serves as a means of descent to the street facing Institut de Recerca. The 330 workers in this center will have access to this garden.