Veles e Vents Valencia
The Veles e Vents building is named after the poem of the same name by the fifteenth-century Valencian poet Ausiàs March, the most prominent figure of the Golden Age of Valencia. The poem tells the story of the author’s journey from Italy to Valencia in search of his beloved. During the trip, he encounters great dangers and invokes the power of the wind to help him reach dry land.
The Veles e Vents building is an innovative architectural proposal from the prestigious architects David Chipperfield and Fermín Vázquez. It was built to accommodate the guests and spectators of the 32nd America’s Cup and has become, without a doubt, an icon of the competition across the city of Valencia. In 2007, the building won the LEAF Award, a prestigious European architectural prize.
Located on the banks of the canal, the building covers approximately 11,000 square metres and consists of four concrete floors which seem to be floating in mid-air, giving a feeling of weightlessness. Open platforms overlap by way of wooden terraces of different sizes connected by external stairs. The large glass coatings enhance the elegant, minimalist design of the building and make it a vantage point with great views of the city, the harbour and the events and competitions which take place in La Marina, such as the F1 and the regattas.
The Veles e Vents terrace is an extension of the same building and was conceived as an educational, leisure and meeting area, occupying around 15,000 square metres. Several ramps connect these platforms with the lower promenade, consisting of the final connection of La Marina with Malvarrosa beach. The terrace extension is an outdoor space with many international restaurants and entertainment venues.
The underground car park is located under the terrace and has capacity of 800 vehicles.