Pere IV Street in Poblenou, Barcelona, used to be an important access route to the city and one of its main industrial thoroughfares. The eighteenth-century highway to France was designed with narrow pavements and no trees, prioritizing space for vehicles. However, with the intervention, Pere IV Street was transformed into a new civic and heritage area for the district of Poblenou.
The project intended to create a pedestrian-friendly street that linked the various facilities located along the road, ensuring continuity.
The renovation plan included a symmetrical cross-section of the street, with traffic calming measures to create a civic axis. The landward side of the road and pavement were on a single level, while the seaward side had a raised curb to define the vehicle parking area.
The project also prioritized the intersection of Pere IV Street and Rambla del Poblenou by creating a single-level pedestrian crossing, thus turning this area into a “hinge” square between the two streets. All other intersections were also planned as spacious areas for pedestrian use.
Overall, the renovation of Pere IV Street in Poblenou sought to revitalize the area’s industrial past while creating a vibrant and accessible public space for the future. By transforming the street into a new civic and heritage area, the project aimed to promote pedestrian safety and access and connect various facilities along the road. Ultimately, the renovation of Pere IV Street enhanced the district’s civic life and strengthened its cultural and historical identity.