Every visitor who at some time or other visited Barcelona for a brief or long-term stay, has had to use the urban maps of the city. Vieja, Eixample, and Gracia are some of the most popular neighbourhoods or major tourist attractions, but have you heard of distrito 22@? This is the original name with which the City Council named a new district dedicated to innovation.
In 2000, the Barcelona City Council appreciated that there were certain areas of the city that were not the most desirable. In the Poble Nou district, there were many virtually abandoned industrial buildings and derelict structures. It was at this time when the district called distrito 22@ was created. This was an unprecedented project that consisted of more than 200 hectares of industrial areas to become a technological hub in a Spanish city. Companies like Yahoo!, Microsoft and Indra soon realised the enormous potential of the area and decided to set up their headquarters in the city.
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With an extended area of about four million square metres, the distrito 22@ is mostly dedicated to office building complexes (which occupy 80 per cent of the area) but this district also has large residential areas. With the lure of the nearby sea and the city centere, the number of inhabitants at this business district of Barcelona has increased in greater proportion than the city average. Not surprisingly, more than 70 per cent of the former industrial district has already been rehabilitated by the local council.
For some reason, businesses remain the primary interested parties in setting up their establishments in a district that has proven to be extremely dynamic even during the years of economic difficulty. More than 7,000 companies have moved to the distrito 22@ or have opened new offices there, not to mention all the new projects that have been specifically launched in this area. This has enabled the creation of almost 100,000 new jobs in addition to building new homes and facilities.
Settling in a booming area such as the distrito 22@ makes you open your eyes to a new concept of urbanism marked by the harmonisation between business needs, the attraction for residents and environmental sustainability. The numerous green areas such as the gardens of Can Framis, are a good example of this. For more information about the interesting real estate available in the area, do not hesitate to contact Engel & Völkers Barcelona.