The building is home to a permanent display on urban plans for Barcelona, Barcelona Propera , including a huge scale model of the city...
Set inside the vaguely futuristic Edifici Fòrum, the Museu Blau, which opened in 2011, takes visitors on a journey all across the...
Zona de Banys
A 300m stroll east from the Edifici Fòrum is the Zona de Banys , with kayaks and bikes available for rent, the option to learn diving,...
Set on a picturesque square lined with low houses and bella ombre trees long ago imported from South America, this bustling family...
Lonely Planet review
Where before there was wasteland, half-abandoned factories and a huge sewage-treatment plant in the city’s northeast corner, there are now high-rise apartment blocks, luxury hotels, a marina (Port Fòrum), a shopping mall and a conference centre.
The most striking element is the eerily blue, triangular 2001: A Space Odyssey –style Edifici Fòrum building by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The navy blue raised facades look like sheer cliff faces, with angular crags cut into them as if by divine laser. Grand strips of mirror create fragmented reflections of the sky.
Next door, Josep Lluís Mateo’s Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) has capacity for 15,000 delegates. The huge space around the two buildings is used for major outdoor events, such as concerts (eg during the Festes de la Mercè) and the Feria de Abril.
A 300m stroll east from the Edifici Fòrum is the Zona de Banys , with kayaks and bikes available for rent, the option to learn diving, and other activities. This tranquil seawater swimming area was won from the sea by the creation of massive cement-block dykes. At its northern end, like a great rectangular sunflower, an enormous photovoltaic panel turns its face up to the sun to power the area with solar energy. Along with another set of solar panels in the form of porticoes, it generates enough electricity for 1000 households. Just behind it spreads Port Fòrum , Barcelona’s third marina. The area is unified by an undulating esplanade and walkways (with wheelchair access) that are perfect for walking, wheelchair access, bikes and skateboards.
In summer, a weekend amusement park sets up with all the usual suspects: rides, shooting galleries, snack stands, inflatable castles and dodgem cars.
The Parc de Diagonal Mar , designed by Enric Miralles, contains pools, fountains, a didactic botanical walk (with more than 30 species of trees and other plants) and modern sculptures.