Campus de les Arts plans to rehabilitate 6800 m2 of the Can Ricart complex for the development of its activities in research, training, knowledge transfer and institutional action.

Can Ricart is an industrial complex in the Poble Nou district of Barcelona that was built in 1853 for the manufacture of printed textile. In 2008 it was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest by the Catalan government. In 2015 Barcelona Town Hall, owner of all classified buildings and properties in the complex, ceded the main industrial nave to the University of Barcelona, along with some of the annex buildings, for a period of 50 years.

Another important characteristic of Can Ricart is its location in the centre of the cultural axis of District 22@, also known as the Pere IV-Creative Mile. In particular, it is close to three of the city’s most important factories for creation: Hangar, within the same complex; and La Escocesa and Sala Beckett, less than a kilometre away. Nearby as well are leading cultural facilities such as the Museu del Disseny design museum, the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (national theatre), and the Auditori [Auditorium], which is also the site of the ESMUC music school. The site of Can Ricart makes it possible to readily insert it into the cultural eco-system of Barcelona, taking full advantage of the full range of its multiple facets (creation, production, promotion).

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Image of the project for the future home of Campus de les Arts at Can Ricart

The initial proposal for the layout of the factory’s spaces includes classrooms, workshops and laboratories for research and creation of various characteristics, as well as offices, rooms for technical facilities (including Media Labs and other research and production spaces), exhibition spaces and meeting rooms.

The initial detailed project is found in the Pla Especial Integral per a la regulació de l’equipament Campus de les Arts a Can Ricart [Special Integrated Plan for the Regulation of the Campus de les Arts Facility at Can Ricart]. This project was definitively approved by Barcelona Town Hall in March 2019, while the document Resum [Summary] unites all proposals for the architectural intervention and functional programme projected with the building’s rehabilitation.