Las Arenas Bullring

Structural Designer

Expedition Engineering Ltd and BOMA

Client Name

Metrovacesa (formerly Sacresa)

Images: © David Cardelus/RSHP


Barcelona’s old bullring has been transformed into a major new arts, entertainment and retail centre that acts as both a gateway into the city from the west and a landmark for the Placa Espanya transport interchange.

Beyond the multitude of shops, bars and restaurants, Las Arenas includes a 12-screen cinema, a health spa/gym, a rock music museum and, at its uppermost level, a dome-covered performance space intended for exhibitions and other cultural events.

The project team have worked together to create a striking new landmark that celebrates both the historic façade and the stunning new elements within.

Judge's comment:

"Engineering has once again rejuvenated an important heritage site. What is remarkable about this project is how the elegant and visually legible engineering contrasts alongside the existing facade and is a recognisable feature of the new spaces created within it."