VILLA CECILIA GARDENS
Barcelona, Spain, 1986
Ajuntament de Barcelona
This project consists of the extension of the gardens of Villa Cecilia to include part of the former gardens of Quinta Amelia which were divided when Santa Amelia street was opened.
The same type trees already present in the original garden were also planted in the new seciton (pine, plane, cypress, palm and linden trees). For continuity between the old and new gardens, a series of different species of hedges were planted and several of the existing ones were restored. They form discontinuos lines towards the new areas of the garden and contribute to the definition of the playground areas, the walkways and the ramps between the different levels.
A new wall along Santa Amelia Street was built to provide unity to the garden. In the middle of this wall there is a gate which opens to a vestibule where there is a water duct that encloses the statue of Ophelia by Francisco López Hernández.
Santa Amelia Street will serve through traffic and a parking area within the gardens will be protected by means of transforming the old fence of Quinta Amelia into zigzaging hedge and planting trees on the wide red aggregate sidewaks. The conections between both sections of the garden will be trough gates one in front of the other on opposite sides of the street.