- Open Air
- Open Air
Perfectly located to give a warm welcome to newly-arrived visitors, this urban green space features an exemplary blend of art and the natural landscape.
Metro: L1 (Red) - Arc de Triomf & Marina
Renfe (Railway) - Arc de Triomf
The Estación del Nord Park is an urban green space whose 12 acres are perfectly situated to receive visitors who have just arrived at Barcelona’s principal bus depot. In the days before buses, the building, boasting a Modernist façade designed in 1912 by architect Demetrio Ribes, served as a train station. It was during that phase that the idea was launched to turn the surrounding area into a green space for public enjoyment. The result was the green corridor connecting the station to adjoining buildings like the National Theater of Catalunya and the Auditori.
The park’s artistic touch comes at the hands of North American sculptor Beverly Pepper, who created various works throughout the park, each emulating the legacy of Gaudí, in their use of both the land itself, and of the characteristic trencadís technique made with shimmering ceramics. Cielo caído (“Fallen Sky”), evokes a giant wave rising up from the park, and stands out for its rich blue tones. Pepper’s other works throughout the park include Sol y sombra (“Light and Shadow”) and Espiral arbolada (“Spiral of Trees”). The American’s artistic vision can also be observed in the design of the park benches and lighting system, featuring metallic monoliths measuring 13 feet tall.
This is a lovely little park in Barcelona, quieter and not as crowded as other parks and seems to be used more by locals rather than tourists. We spent a couple of hours here enjoying the calm, kids got to play a bit of football on the green spaces and there is also a kiosk selling ice cream, drinks, etc. Toilets can be found in the nearby bus station. A lovely way to spend some time if you are in the area.