Arenas de Barcelona
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Established in 1978 by Luis Alonso and Sergio Balaguer, their head office is presently in Barcelona and they also have offices in Santiago de Chile, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, New York, Bogotá and Lima. Their 50- strong team specializes in Architecture, urban planning, interior design, industrial design and graphic design.
It is precisely that determined and unswerving international gamble which underlines and defines their present standing with more than 700 projects and completed commissions illustrating the geographically diverse extent of their accomplishments (Chile, Columbia, Peru, Kazakhstan, Ukraine,Poland, Morocco, Algeria, China......). Work which includes skyscrapers, sports centers, hotels, hospitals, commercial and leisure centers, housing projects, multifunctional buildings, etc.
Their new workplace which they created is located in an old refurbished building known as «Espai Baronda», in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona), and is an example of the how to regenerate disused buildings using new and innovative methods of operating between public and private sectors, making interests and objectives coincide, and thereby optimizing resources.
Their most representative projects include the former Las Arenas bullring reconverted into a Recreational and Shopping Centre in Barcelona, the Hesperia Tower skyscraper in Barcelona, the O2 Wellness Centre and the International Advanced Medicine Centre (CIMA) in Barcelona, the 4 new skyscrapers in the Plaza Europa Square in l’Hospitalet, the new Protos winery in Peñafiel and the two l’Illa del Cel towers in Diagonal Mar, Barcelolna.
Buildings currently being designed or constructed include the tallest skyscraper in South America in Bogota (250 m), the Iberdrola Business Training Campus in Madrid, the new Nastic de Tarragona football stadium and the Kazakhstan Sports Palace located in the city of Almaty and San Ignacio Tower in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Village, for journalists and referees, which won the international competition, is also being currently developed.