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The Meridiana Canodrom (dog racing track) opened in 1964 is an impressive structure with hanging parasols and outdoor bleachers inspired by the industrial aesthetics of the fifties, the building won the FAD design award when it opened. The Canodrom building is a good example of the linear and purist architecture of the sixties, strongly influenced by the industrial style. The construction, which is still preserved as it was designed, has two floors. The first is an extension of the track, where the elliptical marks the 265-meter track. The second floor has views above the ground, separated from the bottom floor with metal pillars; transforming into a viewpoint. Seen from a higher perspective, they look like the wings of an airplane, and as a whole creates a very dynamic look.

For many years until it closed on February 22, 2006, the Canodrom was a place of leisure for families in the neighborhood of Sant Andreu, since it is surrounded by greenery, and served as a kind of park. Under the impulse of the Direccion de Creatividad e Innovacion del Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB), the process was kicked off to reuse and revitalize this space. It began with a final remodeling of the space and naming the pioneering space the Creative Research Park, and will conclude by providing a meeting point for the creative industries in the city, where they can develop projects to become businesses.

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daniele, June 27th, 2017
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