Barcelona Cultura

What is the Disseny Hub?

Disseny Hub Barcelona is an open, innovative and experimental municipal facility that is physically and conceptually designed to be the engine and driver of the knowledge economy, creativity and innovation. It is a multifunctional and multidisciplinary centre that seeks to turn the emerging design sector into a leader in Europe and the world.

The facility is the great gateway to the Poblenou neighbourhood and the 22@ innovation district with its unique architectural profile whose cantilevers and façades poke out over the new urban centre of Plaça de les Glòries. Its wide diversity of spaces, rooms and services means it will become the focal point of design in Catalonia and a space open to all audiences.

Disseny Hub Barcelona has been playing a key role in the revitalisation and transformation of the city and design businesses and professionals since 2012. Over the past four years it has shaped its programmes and activities to cater for the city’s needs in its mission and objectives. These activities are turning the Disseny Hub into a model facility and a means of promoting the city with its neighbours and the general public that translates into internationally important actions, programmes and proposals.

The Disseny Hub’s unique organisational approach means it is also one of the first shared management models to include public and private operators in its governance. The framework agreement and the Master Plan specify the stakeholders involved in management and the targets they seek to achieve. As a result the facility has become the permanent home for the most significant players in the creative industries in Barcelona who pool resources with government to achieve common objectives in culture, the economy and social progress.

Disseny Hub Barcelona , photographer: Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre