Poblenou is the neighborhood of the 1000 chimneys, legacy of a manufacturing and industrial past which lingers today, preserving a strong entrepreneur character.

This is a neighborhood where tradition and craftsmanship coexist with modernity and technological innovation. This is precisely what makes Poblenou the main hub and engine of the technological district of 22@.

The Smart building responds to this context whilst standing out with its own character. Its morphology is based on the urban integration, with a deep respect for the adjacent buildings, such as the old ‘La Escocesa’ factory: its genetic reflects the characteristic chromatic range of the neighbourhood and combines the traditional importance of a humble material, such as terracotta, with the new manufacturing processes, which allow to work with larger extruded pieces.

Smart offers 24,600 m² of office space divided into three independent buildings, connected by a large garden area. The building’s architecture provides tenants with open, flexible floor plans with a post-tensioned slab structure that allows for large spans from the core to the curtain wall façade. It also has a terrace, lounge area, multipurpose room, changing rooms and a multitude of services designed to create community.

The project rises from the industrial legacy and stands out as a landmark which encourages values such as modernity, sustainability, and technology. Indeed, it is Spain’s first Smart Building, with the highest score Leed Platinum V4, Well Platinum, and Wiredscore Platinum certification.

Therefore, this new complex becomes a link between past and future, a hub of experiences, talks, spaces open to the public, etc. It is about celebrating the inherited social responsibility of architecture, creating a conciliatory volume able to coexist with the Poblenou neighborhood whilst expressing the values of the city of Barcelona.

Project Sheet
Start – End Dates2019 – 2022
ClientMeridia Capital
AchievementsLeed Platinum V4, Well Platinum , Wiredscore Platinum
Structural EngineerBAC Engineering, Grupo SOCOTEC
MEP EngineerPGI Engineering & Consulting
PhotographyRafael Vargas