-The project has created a new balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, a unique viewing platform over the city, connecting the Passeig del Mare Nostrum and Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, in Barceloneta;
-该项目创建了一个俯瞰地中海的新阳台，这是一个俯瞰城市的独特观景平台，连接了巴塞罗那的Passeig del Mare Nostrum和Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents;
-“Escaleras y Mirador Vela” is a culmination of the Passeig del Mare Nostrum with a walkable architectural façade consisting of a staircase and an elevated walkway located at +9.30 meters;
-“Escaleras y Mirador Vela”是Passeig del Mare Nostrum的顶点，具有可步行的建筑立面，由楼梯和位于+9.30米的高架走道组成;
-External Reference's urban planning intervention improves the public access of the area around the W Hotel and is located within the framework of the Plan Especial for the Nova Bocana of the Port of Barcelona, promoter of the project.
Recently opened to the public "Escaleras y Mirador Vela" is the new project of the architecture firm External Reference, led by architect Carmelo Zappulla, which for the first time generates a connection between the Passeig del Mare Nostrum and the Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, on the beachfront of La Barceloneta.
最近对外开放的“Escaleras y Mirador Vela”是外部参考建筑公司的新项目，由建筑师Carmelo Zappulla领导，它首次在Passeig del Mare Nostrum和Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents之间建立联系，位于巴塞罗那的海滨。
The project interprets a special port context: the connection develops a new relationship with the W Hotel, where the strong tides of the sea coexists with a unique concentration of people and users who carry out all kinds of outdoor and leisure activities on a daily basis.
According to the requirements of Nova Bocana, the commissioner of the project, it was necessary to design a solution that eliminated the existing cul de sac and connect the two existing different levels using the existing seawall as support. This provided an opportunity to generate a new façade for the Passeig del Mare Nostrum.
根据该项目负责人Nova Bocana的要求，设计师必须消除现有的死胡同，并利用现有的海堤作为支撑，将现有的两个不同的楼层连接起来。这为Passeig del Mare Nostrum提供了一个建造新的立面的机会。
"This project on one hand is inevitable, and on the other, very representative. The
culmination of Passeig del Mare Nostrum with a walkable façade is proposed as a
fundamental element that reconfigures the city's relationship with the sea." – says architect
The design was conceived as a tectonic element that derives its morphology from the formations of the salt crystals that grow in the small Mediterranean water reservoirs, captured by the irregularities and accidents of the marine rocks. Based on this phenomenon, the staircase "crystallizes" in the existing nook at the intersection of the promenade of the Barcelona coastline with the monumental seawall that protects it from the rush of the Mediterranean tides.
From a compositional point of view, Escaleras y Mirador Vela is developed as a sculpture between two walls, the existing seawall and the new façade that opens up to the promenade, inviting the public to experience a new urban space that projects towards the sea and generates a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean and the city.
从组合的角度来看，Escaleras y Mirador Vela被开发为两堵墙之间的雕塑，现有的海堤和向长廊开放的新立面，邀请公众体验一个面向大海的新城市空间，并生成一个俯瞰地中海和城市的阳台。
The new promenade is composed by a staircase and elevated walkway of a prefabricated concrete structure. The new façade it creates toward the seafront promenade is cladded with triangular concrete bio-receptive panels that incorporates the use of low-maintenance vegetation and a lighting system.
The panels were optimised utilizing parametric strategies and designed in a way that encourages the surface growth of native plants (Lobularia Maritima, Lampranthus Spectabilis and Drosanthemum Floribundum). In addition, it integrates a fiber optic lighting system that makes its surface vibrate at sunset.
"We have designed a unique place for the city, a space where you can not only appreciate
looking towards the horizon of the sea but where you can discover new viewpoints from the
sea to Barcelona, the great protagonist of this project. We believe that the path will act as a
catalyst that transforms the dynamics between the square and the promenade which,
although they are adjacent spaces, until now had separate activities. Now, they are dialogic
parts of a chain of discoveries and experiences that pass through Escaleras y Mirador Vela"
The project consists of a reinforced concrete stairway of 48 steps that bridge a difference in height of 8.50 meters along a linear route of 48.45 meters. The elevated walkway is also made of reinforced concrete and is located at a height of +9.30 meters and a length of 42.70 meters.
In the development of the project, External Reference has collaborated with Pigra engineering for structural calculations and project management.