This area of the exhibition encourages visitors to explore the city, focusing on the design values of objects in our everyday urban environment. Elements that furnish our city provide essential services for its daily running and help to broaden the range of uses available in public spaces. But dependent on their design are not just certain services but also our capacity to make the city a more local and accessible environment, as well as a beautiful and stimulating one.
The proposed visit enables visitors to see, touch and use the objects as well as compare a design's features, virtues or problems under real conditions of use. The very thing that urban facilities typify is their exposure to the very severe weather conditions and intensity of use. We suggest you turn your attention, as you start this exploration, to the urban environments nearest to the Museum, the adjacent streets and squares.
The area around the ground floor entrance to the museum is urbanised with ponds and relaxation or transit areas for pedestrians. The name Elisava is in honour of tge possible embroiderer of a 12th century carpet that forms part of the Museum's collections. Space designed by: MBM Arquitectes, 2013.
On the left of the Museum's main entrance, the square is located on the roof of part of the installations with steeps leading donw to Carrer Badajoz. The space is delimited by a perimeter pavement and a grass parterre featuring the skylights of the building that houses the Museum. The name of the square pays tribute to one of Barcelona's industrial-design piooners. Space designed by: MBM Arquitectes, 2013.
On the right of the Museum's Glories entrance there is a paved architectural space defined by a pergola and other items of urban furniture along with chairs for relaxing. Coderch was the most representative architect of the architectural renewal that occurred in the second half of the 20th century. Space designed by: MBM Arquitectes, 2013.
The Canòpia or Parc de les Glòries is an ambitious project for transforming an extensive urban surface area. What was once used for fast-moving traffic is now being transformed into a large area of vegetation with relaxation and cultural areas city residents to enjoy. Various areas for walking, leisure and play have now been completed and opened around the Clarian, a large 1,1 hectare grass esplanade in the centre of the park. Space designed by: UTE Agence Ter & Ana Coello de Llobet.