Kees Kaan Wins Design to Build Spanish City

19 January 2009 (Last Updated January 19th, 2009 18:30)

Dutch architect Kees Kaan has won a competition to design a new green residential neighbourhood on the outskirts of Barcelona. Kaan created the winning design for the environmentally friendly neighbourhood in the municpality of El Prat, which lies between the city's airport and the cent

Dutch architect Kees Kaan has won a competition to design a new green residential neighbourhood on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Kaan created the winning design for the environmentally friendly neighbourhood in the municpality of El Prat, which lies between the city's airport and the centre of the Barcelona.

Central Prat will contain 5,000 houses, a large park, two underground stations, hotels and restaurants.

The apartments have all been designed with solar panels to provide heating and cooling, while a 70-hectare park will stretch along the Llobregat river.

Central Prat was inspired by Amsterdam's new IJburg district which was built on reclaimed land and designed in part by Claus en Kaan Architecten.

The project is expected to take 20 years to complete, with the first phase ready in five years.

By staff writer.