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Located right next to Sants railway station in Barcelona, the Pavelló de l’Espanya Industrial is a sports pavilion that was built specifically for the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games. It was designed by the architects Ramon Artigues and Ramon Sanabria and located on an old industrial site dating back to 19th century. Building on brownfield sites was part of the urban regeneration policy of the Barcelona’92 Olympic project. Funded by and built on behalf of the Organising Committee for the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games (COOB’92), it was opened on 7 December 1991 in order to host the World Weightlifting Cup prior to the competition at the Olympic Games.

In order to adapt it to Olympic requirements, temporary stands were installed in the main hall and entrances for the public and the press were organised around a walkway that connected directly to the Plaça dels Països Catalans in front of the railway station. The Olympic family entrance was at floor level and connected directly to a landscaped area of the Parc de l’Espanya Industrial. This area of the park was used by the athletes, technical teams and others as a place where they could take a break and relax. During the Olympic Games, 349 members of staff were allocated to the venue, 306 of whom were volunteers.

Since the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games, the Pavelló de l’Espanya Industrial has been remodelled several times and it now has a floor area of 10,000m2. Among the facilities, there is a multi-purpose court (where several small sports clubs from the local area do their training), a covered six-lane swimming pool and a gym.

Selección de fuentes

Los escenarios

COOB’92 (1992): “Los escenarios”, Memoria oficial de los Juegos de la XXV Olímpiada, Barcelona 1992. Vol.2. Los medios : objetivos, recursos y escenarios. Barcelona: COOB’92, pp. 127-337

Instal·lacions de competició = Instalaciones de competición = Installation compétition = Competition facilities

COOB’92 (1990): Instal·lacions de competició = Instalaciones de competición = Installation compétition = Competition facilities. Barcelona: COOB’92.

Barcelona Olímpica : la ciudad renovada

Barcelona Olímpica : la ciudad renovada. Barcelona: Holsa; Àmbit, 1992. 

Barcelona: la ciutat i el 92

Guevara, M. Teresa (1990): Barcelona: la ciutat i el 92. Barcelona: Olimpíada Cultural.

In the repository

In the Municipal Contemporary Archive, you can consult the administrative and management documentation generated on this topic by the Organising Committee Barcelona’92, SA (COOB’92), Holding Olímpic SA (HOLSA), Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc SA (AOMSA) (Olympic ring), Vila Olímpica SA (VOSA) (Olympic village) and the Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística SA (IMPUSA) (municipal Institute of urban development).

If you need further information on the collection, read the collection guide.

In the library

In the libraries of the study centres of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation (FBO) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) you can find the selection of listed documents and other bibliographic materials on the subject.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Olympic collection, you can consult the Union Catalogue of Catalan Universities (UAB collection) or contact us by e-mail (FBO collection).

Sports in pictures

If you are interested in images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Barcelona’92, the Image Service of the Olympic Foundation of Barcelona will help you identify the images that satisfy your needs.

The Foundation manages the official image archive of the Barcelona’92 Games. You can contact them by email to request more information about the services provided and the collection of images. In this page, we offer a selection of images on the event.