What do you do when you have an amazing historic bullring (built in 1898) in the city of Barcelona and is no longer in use? How do you retain a roof with 76 m diameter which has a giant dish as a support on a huge pylons and rises only ten metres from its perimeter to the centre? Well, British Architect Richard Rogers, redeveloped Las Arenas into a shopping mall an Arenas was completed in March of 2011.
Why go and see it
He made sure that they retained and refurbished the striking mudejar façade. British Architect Richard Rogers, is responsible for Paris’s controversial le Centre Pompidou and London´s Millennium Dome. They have brought back life into this amazing historical building.
Las Arenas now houses 115 shops, a cinema and Barcelona’s brand new rock museum, Museu del Rock, adding another feather to the city’s already brimming architectural cap. Inside is approximately 45,000 square metres of mixed activities and a 1,200 space car park in the basement. Don’t panic it’s very clear how to find your car as its coloured coded.
The spectacular views of Barcelona from its terrace are amazing.
How to get there
Arenas is close to Montjuïc, the Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, and the Fira de Barcelona, one of Europe’s most important trade conference centers. When in Barcelona you must come and explore this unique shopping experience. Las Arenas allows you to indulge on the Future of Shopping in Barcelona.