_MÀQUINA DE BATRE SQUARE
© Jordi Surroca
Fruit of the agricultural power of Sant Fruitós during the second half of the nineteenth century, in the early 1950s, the Municipal Agrarian Chamber built the shed to protect the Beating Machine, located at that time in the outskirts of the urban core.
During the following decades, the reinforcement of the industrialization of the region and its importance as a nucleus of communications led to a significant population growth. This growth eventually surrounded the Beating Machine Shed. The expansion did not anticipate the reservation of a space worthy for the Shed, thus the free space that remained around was a product of chance.
Yet this space does not meet the suitable qualities considering how important the shed is for the people. Despite its shortcomings in the configuration of the public space and its urbanization, this Shed’s envolving area (known as Plaza Once de Septiembre) serves as the place where events are organized. It is though that with certain improvements it could be used as the town’s center. Sant Fruitós del Bages, due to its historical growth, doesn’t have a considerable big space that could work as meeting point of the municipality.
Sant Fruitós del Bages, Barcelona, Spain
Architect: Mario Súñer
Urban Planner: Simon Gabillard
Agricultural engineer & Landscape Architect: Dolors Feu
Sant Fruitós del Bages City Council