Master’s students propose redesigns for the workspaces of the Pier01 innovation center at Tech Barcelona

07 Sep 2023
Tech Barcelona Elisava

The students of the Postgraduate in Interior Space Design. Workspaces have participated in the design project of the workspaces of Tech Barcelona’s Pier01, an innovation center dedicated to technology companies.

A total of 36 student teams have worked on the initiative, divided into groups of two or three people, all of them tutored by Ricardo Guasch; Octavio Mestre; Ellen Rapelius and Iker Alzola. From their work together, 12 different proposals have emerged.

The project proposes the design of several spaces in this building to house technology companies, which will use these spaces as coworking (or shared workspace), promoting interaction and the flow of knowledge between them. The project focuses on the building’s coworking area, located on the third floor, and on the terrace on the top floor.

The building, owned by the Port of Barcelona, is managed by Tech Barcelona, a private non-profit association that supports and promotes Barcelona’s digital and technological ecosystem to strengthen the city as a benchmark in the international digital and technological landscape. Its community, made up of more than 1,300 members, brings together entrepreneurs, startups, investors, SMEs, large corporations, universities, business schools, public administrations and consulting and services firms.

Tech Barcelona organizes activities and events to promote transversal learning in this ecosystem. In this sense, it promotes sectoral working groups to address the challenges of technological, social and economic transformation; connect talent; and give visibility to innovative projects.

Pier01, located in the Palau de Mar, in Barcelona’s Plaça Pau Vila, is a building remodeled as part of the Port Vell reform project, carried out during the great urban transformation of Barcelona in the late 1980s. The original building was built in 1881 to house the former General Stores of Commerce.