The value of the landscape and biodiversity
Batlle i Roig’s commitment to the environment materialises through the constant innovation and development of urban and landscaping solutions to fight climate change. Some of the key factors: to design by observing and understanding the geography, and respecting the character and pre-existing elements of each place to reactivate its natural dynamic.
From their perspective, public spaces constitute a magnificent site to house gardens to grow food locally or harvest and store rainwater, amongst other alternatives. Their designs incorporate strategies to make cities healthier, more sustainable habitats. The Ronda de Dalt roof structure in Barcelona is an impeccable demonstration of the productive potential of urban elements. In this case, through the installation of a large photovoltaic pergola covered with an extensive green blanket of vegetation. In addition to generating energy to be self-sufficient, this solution contributes to offsetting the urban heat island effect, a phenomenon that gives rise to higher temperatures in urban areas than in rural ones.
The architecture of today’s landscape requires the reinforcing of the link between the city and its environment, designing pleasant spaces to live and breathe where we coexist with all types of vegetation and animal species. Batlle i Roig’s designs are based on nature to bring life back in all its forms. Noteworthy is their fascinating Insect Hotel, created to improve the biodiversity of parks. A sort of refuge that houses insects and arachnids, contributing to their conservation.
Lighting and equipping urban landscapes
As a result of the needs of their various projects, in addition to the prescription of urban elements from our company, the opportunity arose to design and produce them. In forging a close relationship with Urbidermis, they were able to create pieces like the architectural Moon bench and families such as the 108 or Vía Láctea.
The 108 bench is a rhomboid-shaped, discreet, simple but highly robust concrete seat. For its part, the 108 streetlamp, comprising a rectangular shaft and a sloping arm, offers a wide range of lighting distribution options. It’s a flexible urban highly energy-efficient streetlamp, in line with the principles of Batlle i Roig.
Awarded the ADI FAD prize in 1991, the Vía Láctea streetlamp traces lines of light in the sky, allowing the aligning of lights to create continuous lines. From the same family, the Vía Láctea pergola is an elegant, functional element that complements this amazingly.
Enric Batlle and Joan Roig illustrate the viability of designing contemporary public spaces that integrate the nature, essence and tradition of each territory.