It will disclose the main cultural icons, and tickets selling, local products and will also feature a gourmet cafe
La Rambla counted from tomorrow with a new cultural showcase, Espai Patrimoni with an innovative format and focused on the dissemination of cultural and gastronomic heritage of Catalonia. It will occupy the basement of the Palau Moja, on the busy corner of Rambla/ Portaferrissa, where were the library of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the exhibition hall Max Cahner for years. The project has more than three years of gestation and up to three times postponed the opening date for the Ministry of Culture and the winner of the contest UTE’d just agree the design and functions of space.
The Espai Patrimoni will address both locals and tourists and will combine three features: museum-shop with Catalan history as narrative backbone, gastronomic restaurant and tour desk with ticket sales. The museum-shop will occupy most of the space and will consist of a tour in 11 stages: prehistory, Iberian, Greek legacy, Roman legacy, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Industrialization, Modernism, artistic Geniuses (Picasso, Miró, Dalí) and contemporaneity. Each period will have its exhibition space, with a historical explanation help of audiovisual and interactive technology; an identification tourist icon (Roca dels Moros of Cogul, Ullastret, Empúries, Roman Amphitheatre, Sant Climent de Taüll, monastery of Santes Creus, Cardona Castle, mNACTEC of Terrassa, Colonia Guell …) and a map of Catalonia with the ten location assets representing. A horizontal strip will travel around the perimeter as a timeline.
In addition, and therein lies the novelty, each step accompanied by a selection of products on sale, related to the subject. For example, the Greek influence shall be accompanied by books on the site of Empúries and Romanesque wines show designations of Catalan origin. The offer will include everything from handicrafts, jewelry, fashion and footwear, to products of sweet and savory food, home accessories and more traditional souvenirs such as postcards, mugs, key chains and magnets. It will also include books, DVDs, music and chests of experiences.
Extended hours and rental cars
The cafe area open nine o’clock until midnight and will allow visitors to have a light snack, lunch or dinner and tastings of traditional dishes of Catalunya. “Gastronomy is another element to publicize products and companies in the country,” says Angel Diaz, manager of Advanced Leisure Services (ALS), with Sapiens Publicacions public tender for the conceptualization of space winner and exploitation by a period of 10 years renewable. Sapiens has been responsible for all content and develop ALS manage the space. “A long period allows for a more ambitious investment and be more relaxed about their repayment” he argues.
The third function that will house the Espai Patrimoni tourist information. A central counter resolve questions about how to get to the assets which explains the “museizada” area and also sell tickets and visit. It will include both public spaces such as churches in the Vall de Boi, and private, such as Casa Batllo or Peralada Castle for example. Initially not exclusively include recreational attractions, such as amusement parks, shopping malls and football stadiums, but the door is not closed to formulas that include a cultural value.
Experimentation and analysis of the public response will determine the precise direction of space, which also has perspective dedicate the courtyard of the Palau Moja -at accessed from Portaferrissa- to sign the Catalan intangible heritage as the castellers or traditional festivals.
As for transport, Diaz notes that “at the moment there are no plans to organize group outings” but yes rented cars, and give information on alternative public transport mobility. “We want to close the circle, giving incentives to encourage visits and facilitate the means to finally do”, he argues. “We have searched unprecedented worldwide and we have not found any equivalent,” he adds.
La Rambla, a complex ecosystem
The Espai Patrimoni is the most visible to the citizens of the young Catalan Agency for Cultural Heritage, an entity of the Department of Culture created in March 2014. It will also seek to revalue by a ‘brand’ own neoclassical Palau Moja project, somewhat forgotten by the locals despite its historical significance for the city. To draw the attention of the millions of visitors to the Rambla, the local will wear their glasses-slightly hidden by a large porches arches- vinyl heritage icons, that will change. Also it hosts activities to call the local public, such as tastings, children’s workshops and project presentations.
However, the new cultural showcase will live with ten offices and tourist information booths operating in the Rambla, as heterogeneous as coordination missed each other. In recent months, they have proliferated private ticket counters and organized tours, with special prominence for Barça-parties and has even opened a retail outlet passes nightclub. Turisme de Barcelona has two offices -anexas the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Experience- Jamon, a focal point within the monument to Columbus and kiosks Plaza Catalunya and Portal de la Pau. The City Council, meanwhile, has the Last Minute-Ticket 3 rarely crowded despite selling theater tickets exclusively 50% three hours before the start of the show.