BEACHFRONT AND CITY LIFE IN BARCELONA: INTRODUCING ANTARES
Located at the head of the renowned Diagonal Mar, Antares is a development that promises to pave the way for a new generation of coastal urban living in Barcelona
At the point where the city of Barcelona’s longest avenue reaches the Mediterranean Sea lies a modern and distinctive district, home to the largest international community in the city, and now a brand-new residential development that promises to combine the very best elements of living in the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. Benefitting from a prime beach front location and unbeatable sea views, Antares has been brought to life by French visionary architect Odile Decq, whose “design embraces the city” according to Laurel Polleys, Director at Shaftesbury Asset Management Group – the developers behind Antares.
Visually, the development resembles a contemporary art installation: 89 residences that seem to expand upwards into the sky with striking fluidity. Offering one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses, each with a private terrace that offers panoramic views of the ocean. Space, light and thoughtful design define this development.
Philippe Camus, CEO at Shaftesbury Asset Management Group explains the context behind Antares: “In Barcelona, we saw the potential to create a luxury residential development with a distinctive design, in a city where the buildings adhered to older design aesthetics with low rise structures that had a very traditional look and feel. There were very few high-end properties that offered a luxury living experience, from spacious floorplans to a thoughtful amenities programme. We wanted to create a unique building that celebrated its location, alongside the ocean, and provided ample outdoor space. It’s also in close proximity to offices, tech centres, shopping areas and some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, meaning residents can truly enjoy all the neighbourhood has to offer.”
Antares features a 24-hour concierge, security and private parking, a biophilic design-lead wellness areas, indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam, spa and treatment rooms, state-of-the-art yoga pod, infinity rooftop pool with 360 city and sea views, landscaped gardens and cinema. It will also feature a restaurant open to the public and overseen by star chef Romain Fornell called Grand Café Rouge. Located in the base of Antares, the 200-seat restaurant will serve chic food inspired by Spanish culture and featuring local produce. In keeping with the rest of the development, the restaurant is also designed by Decq.
While Barcelona is redesigning its global image as a city with a strong and sustainable vision for the future, Antares is a manifestation of these ideas – demonstrating both radical thought and characteristic flare.
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The crowning jewel of Spain’s northeast coast and capital city of the Catalonia region, Barcelona remains one of Spain’s most popular cities, for visitors and investors alike
Picture Barcelona and an array of vibrant images may spring to mind. A zesty city, rich in historical and cultural attractions, from Gaudi’s distinctive architecture which permeates through its 39 square miles – to the world-renowned cuisine and exclusive superyacht scene. That’s without even mentioning the city’s enviable location, sprawling out from the Collserola mountain ranges all the way down to the glittering Mediterranean beachfront, a feature that crystallises Barcelona’s heavy tourist appeal. But now, as the world navigates its way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Catalan capital is redefining itself as a leading city of the future and hotspot for international investment, thanks to a number of sustainable initiatives.
A SUSTAINABLE CITY OF THE FUTURE
Barcelona is fast becoming a pioneer of urban sustainability, largely due to the election in 2015 of Mayor Ada Colau, who has begun reclaiming boulevards from cars with the introduction of ‘superblocks’, radically increased green space and incorporated social and environmental criteria into public procurement. In December 2020, Colau announced that 21 streets in the popular Eixample district would become pedestrianised, at a cost of €38 million. Colau’s vision for the city is underpinned by the Climate Action Plan 2018–2030, a road map aimed at cutting emissions up to 45% by 2030, with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
THRIVING FOOD SCENE
Quality of life, health and wellbeing are all top of the agenda when it comes to living in Barcelona, and perhaps nothing underpins these values quite as strongly as the wonderful food scene in Barcelona. From traditional Catalan dishes to three-star Michelin restaurants, and, of course, the numerous colourful tapas bars that populate the city – Barcelona is a true haven for foodies. Head to the marina or the streets that line the popular beachfront and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eateries offering up fresh, tantalising seafood.
One of the main reasons why Barcelona holds such enduring appeal with tourists from all over the world is the sheer volume of museums, galleries and landmarks – many of which are connected to some of the most celebrated artists and architects in history. The name Gaudí is synonymous with Barcelona, with his creations such as the Sagrada Família, Parc Güell and Casa Mila consistently pulling crowds, while places such as the Picasso museum, National Art Museum of Catalonia and Joan Miro Foundation, to name but a few, add to the rich cultural image that has historically defined the city.