With an area of 10,000 square meters, the Meridiana Canódrom (dog racing track) opened in 1964 and was designed by the architects Antonio Bonet and Josep Puig Torne. An impressive structure with hanging parasols and outdoor bleachers inspired by the industrial aesthetics of the fifties, the building won the FAD design award when it opened.
The Canódrom building is a good example of the linear and purist architecture of the sixties, strongly influenced by the industrial style. The construction, which is still preserved as it was designed, has two floors. The first is an extension of the track, where the elliptical marks the 265 meter track.
The second floor has views above the ground, separated from the bottom floor with metal pillars; transforming into a viewpoint. Seen from a higher perspective, they look like the wings of an airplane, and as a whole creates a very dynamic look.
For many years until it closed on February 22 2006, the Canódrom was a place of leisure for families in the neighborhood of Sant Andreu, since it is surrounded by greenery, and served as a kind of park.
Under the impulse of the Dirección de Creatividad e Innovación del Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB), the process was kicked off to reuse and revitalize this space. It began with a final remodeling of the space and naming the pioneering space the Creative Research Park, and will conclude by providing a meeting point for the creative industries in the city, where they can develop projects to become businesses.