ARENAS de Barcelona opened its doors to the public under a new configuration in 2011. An avant-garde space that combines business, leisure, and cultural components, ARENAS brings past and present together in one of the Old City’s most emblematic buildings.
The structure, located within the city’s long-defunct bull ring, was built in 1900 and designed in the neo-mudéjar style by architect Augusto Font i Carreras. For years, the structure represented one of Barcelona’s most symbolic and historically relevant structures.
After years of disuse (starting in 1977), the building’s transformation into a commercial, cultural, and entertainment center was commissioned to Richard Rogers Partnership and Alonso - Belaguer architects, who re-imagined the unique historical site as Arenas de Barcelona, conserving and restoring its original 19th-century neo-mudéjar façade, while constructing a new and innovative cultural commercial space.
This new structure features three floors of shops, services, technology and culture. But the thing that makes Arenas de Barcelona a truly unique and innovative space is the cultural events and entertainment programming offered within its walls.
Located at a central point connecting the city’s main artery, Gran Vía, to the El Prat Airport, the Old Port, and Avenida Paralelo, Arenas de Barcelona is just a short distance away from Sants Station, and right opposite the Fira de Barcelona. It’s a new cultural center at the center of town, and bound to constitute one of the city’s top must-see sites.
Combining shopping with culture and entertainment, Arenas de Barcelona will become an essential stop for the city’s tourists, as well as the many annual visitors to the Fira de Barcelona.
.:: ARENAS de Barcelona website ::.