Thoele, Ashleigh M. (2022-07). La Graella. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon


  • Spain is a place filled with a vibrant culture, from the people who pose as live art on the streets of Las Ramblas, to those who fill those same streets late at night engaging in stimulating conversation paired with a bottle of wine. Traveling through the streets pass many quarters to the edge of Barcelona, sits the Thermal Power Plant of Sant Adria de Besos, a tall historical landmark which was the focus of a preservation fight to prevent its demolition, and only recently were the Tres Xemeneies granted heritage protection by the municipality. The Bjark Ingles Group has proposed a hypothetical solution that revitalizes the engagement of Les Tres Chimeneas. This project investigates the history and future of the historic power plant and how the site as a connector between Barcelona and Badalona can be used to stimulate environmental, economic, and social factors for the community and tourists alike. The cultural center created aims to transform the post-industrial land into an urban public space where those who visit can engage in a unique, but also educational experience that explores the history of culture for the Spanish region that translates from both the interior and the exterior of the site.

publication date

  • 2022