Barcelona has opened its first wild green roof, the Terrat Viu. A space of 7,100 square meters located at the headquarters of the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona) located in the Parc del Fòrum, which can be visited free of charge until July 31.
In a statement, the City Council of the Catalan capital has explained that it has chosen to green the roof with herbaceous plants that need little soil to avoid overloading the roof. The roof cannot support much weight and is also exposed to the wind due to its proximity to the sea.
THE GREEN ROOFS AND TERRACES OF BARCELONA
The implementation of green roofs in cities has important environmental benefits. The increase of green and biodiversity, the creation of new habitats for fauna, the improvement of the urban landscape and the quality of life of its citizens are some of them. It is also important for reducing the heat island effect, capturing and storing water, reducing pollution levels, improving thermal and acoustic insulation and limiting the effects of heavy rainfall.
The implementation of green roofs promoted by Barcelona City Council is one of the measures included in the Climate Plan, the Green and Biodiversity Plan of Barcelona 2020 and the Programme for the Promotion of Urban Green Infrastructure. As a result of these measures, 5,500 m2 of green roofs and rooftops have been increased, in addition to the 7,100 m2 of the museum’s Terrat Viu.
WHAT’S ON THE TERRAT VIU?
Mediterranean meadows of annual plants, which survive the summer heat in the form of seeds when the plant dries out or bulbs underground, waiting for better conditions to sprout again. They are plants adapted to the proximity of the sea.
Freshwater ponds, with native vegetation. In the rafts live many microscopic animals that feed on plankton algae and are the food of other larger animals. The rafts thus show freshwater environments, rich in life.
The Terrat Viu is an experimental deck where you can research on green roofs. The museum monitors the plants and animals to find out which species are best suited to the green roofs of Barcelona. The Terrat Viu can be visited from the 28th of June.
Tuesday to Friday, from 4 to 8 pm (last entry at 7.30 pm)
Weekends and holidays, from 11-20 h (last entry at 19:30 h)
General admission: 3
Reduced entrance fee: 2
Free from 28 June to 31 July
50% from 1 to 31 August