ECOVERNEDA is a newly created neighbourhood in the La Verneda section of the city of Barcelona. Given the pending development of the zone thanks to the new La Sagrera train station, this old industrial sector, which had become obsolete and had been increasingly abandoned over the last few years, has the potential to become a residential, touristic, productive and entrepreneurial focus point. The plans also include a large sales market and food court area, a fine cuisine school with student halls, productive spaces for new technologies within the gastronomic sector and the public amenities required for the neighbourhood’s effective function.
Located between the commercial axis of Sant Martí de la Rambla Guipuzcoa, Vía Trajana, Calle Ca n’Oliva and Calle Santander, the ECOVERNEDA project creates a wide green swathe on Vía Trajana. A large number of homes, amenities and productive spaces will surround this green space. The new green axis will contrast with the far more commercial Ramblas (Guipúzcoa and Prim). The vertical axes of the perimeter allow traffic, with the exception of the main pedestrian axis that crosses the entire sector. Running straight through the centre, this axis will become a new commercial area, attracting great interest from tourists and neighbourhood residents alike. The horizontal roads combine pedestrian streets and areas allowing traffic.
ECOVERNEDA is a project that includes ideas for ground floor vegetable gardens, rooftops, housing block interiors and public spaces. The project recuperates the historic traces of the farming fields that used to cover the zone and is based on maximum self-sufficiency through the creation of vegetable gardens. It will create a new sustainable neighbourhood that looks after both its residents and the environment.
The tapestry of vegetable gardens is catalogued into various types according to their users.
The community vegetable gardens will be used to cultivate produce for the residents of the building or housing block where they are located. These are situated both on rooftops and ground floors and will be made up of picnic areas, games zones and various meeting spaces for the neighbours.
The private vegetable gardens belong to each one of the adjoining properties and are mostly located on the first floor terraces and on the Vía Trajana Green Axis (these will be on the ground floor).
The public vegetable gardens are intended to provide an element of landscaping. The Town Hall will take charge of their maintenance (Parks and Gardens Department) and the majority of these will surround the Vía Trajana Green Axis.