Ricard Viñes Plaza

The ‘Ricard Viñes Plaza’ designed by Barcelona-based architecture office EMBT (enric miralles, benedetta tagliabue) is an open green space at the heart of Lleida, Spain.

Pivoting around a sculpture dedicated to the musician ricard viñes, the design pulls from the idea of a traditional circular labyrinth to create an inviting public space out of bands of planting and brick paving.


Situated at a key junction in the city’s traffic, the 9,200 m² plaza gives the space back to the public with the core of its design centered around the movement of the pedestrian. much like a labyrinth.

The curvilinear carvings on the paving maps out a dance-like choreography on the square. the bands generate and guide a flowing  circulation that the pedestrians are free to follow, constructing a route that encourages multiple vantage points of the immediate site.

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Incorporating green areas into the plan, the different zones of the plaza is defined through trees and low shrubs as well as circular benches and natural stone pavings. at night, a sculptural light source starting from one side of the circle illuminates the whole square, lending a ‘street party’ atmosphere to the public space as well as serving as a visual landmark in the city.

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text&images: designboom


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