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Monday, 19 July 2021

The new BIST building designed by the Barozzi Veiga studio

The jury of the competition organised by BIST recommended Barozzi Veiga for the originality of their proposal and its compliance with the requirements. Construction work will start in 2022.

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) has selected the Barcelona-based studio "Barozzi Veiga" to create the basic and executive plans for its new building, which will be located on the grounds of the Antic Mercat del Peix (Old Fish Market), next to the Ciutadella Park. The BIST building, whose construction will begin in 2022, is the first piece of the Ciutadella del Coneixement, an ambitious project promoted by the Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) aiming to transform the area around the Ciutadella Park into a hub for research and innovation.

The jury of the BIST International Architecture Competition, which was presided over by Dr Jordi Camí, Director of the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona, rated very positively the originality of the proposal, as well as its compliance with all the specified requirements, in terms of urban planning, functionality and sustainability.

The new BIST building, which will house more than 500 researchers and about sixty research groups from four member centres (CRG, IBEC, ICN2, and IRB Barcelona), will have a surface area of nearly 25,000m² distributed over several floors and dedicated to multidisciplinary research. The project has an overall budget of 50 million euros.

The winning studio was founded in Barcelona in 2004 by Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga and has already received numerous awards, among which is the prestigious Best Architects 20 Award. The BIST building will be the first Barcelona-based building deigned by the Barozzi Veiga team.

Read the full press release by BIST.