The Facility Tours


To enhance your conference experience, World Workplace Europe is creating unique Facility Tours by opening closed doors and offering backstage access to iconic historic and contemporary facilities in Barcelona. These tours provide an exclusive opportunity for you to learn more about the state-of-the-art facility management in Europe.

Note that the number of slots for the tours are very limited.
They are being offered on a first come first serve basis.

La Sagrada Familia TUE, 15th May 13:00 3 hrs € 70,00 + 21% VAT
Las Arenas TUE, 15th May 13:00 3 hrs € 70,00 + 21% VAT
Casa Llotja TUE, 15th May 13:00 2 hrs € 70,00 + 21% VAT
La Pedrera TUE, 15th May 13:00 3 hrs € 70,00 + 21% VAT

You can click on the name of the facility for further information.
You can sign up for your Facility Tour during your registration process.
All tours depart from the Conference Venue, Casa Llotja.


The Iconic Masterpiece Backstage

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity takes you backstage of the largest unfinished Roman-Catholic church in the world. Designed by Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí (1852–1926), this architectural masterpiece is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The construction of the Sagrada Familia started under architect Francisco Paula de Villar in 1882. Villar resigned a year later, in 1883, and Gaudí took over as chief architect, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. At the time of his death, only 25% of the church was finished.
Relying exclusively on private donations, Sagrada Familia’s construction progressed slowly, with only 70% of the Basilica being finished as of today.
In 2018, works will focus on continuing construction of the external towers, as well as on climate control and the final flooring in the central nave inside. It is anticipated that the building could be completed by 2026 – the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
Today you will be offered the unique opportunity to see the Basilica backstage with a Facility Manager, and exclusively discover this truly unique, historic facility.


A Bullfighting Arena that was turned into a Shopping Mall

Now a commercial, leisure, and cultural center which re-opened in 2011, Las Arenas, which literally means SAND, was once the old bullring at the Plaza de España.
The original building, inaugurated in 1900, served as a bullring until 1977.
The challenge was: What should be done with an old bullfighting arena? Instead of demolishing a historic facility, architects came up with the idea of remodeling the arena into a lucrative Shopping Mall.
The project was the work of architect Richard Rogers and Alonso-Balaguer y Arquitectos, maintaining the old façade, which was completed by the end of 2009. The façade is supported by large pillars, a dome-shaped roof and an annex on Llançà street were added. Apart from architectural demands, the project had to overcome all kinds of challenges when it comes to facility management.
Today the complex has a floating terrace with a flexible roof that forms a square, with panoramic views. The ground floor connects the complex with the metro station.
Today you will have the unique opportunity to visit this historic bullfighting arena and observe the transition this complex has gone through. A Facility Manager will take you backstage and provide a look behind the scenes, showcasing how a historic building can successfully be catapulted into present times.


Your Historic Meeting Venue Backstage

Have you ever thought about how these historic European Meeting-Venues function, and how they combine the seemingly contradicting elements of historic structures and modern facility management?
One of the best examples to showcase exactly this approach – is your meeting venue – Casa Llotja de Mar, one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings. Over time, it has served as the flagship of a dynamic civil society committed to Catalonia’s economic and social progress.
In the time of its origins in the late 14th century, the Llotja was an expression of the rise of Barcelona’s merchant class. This enterprising community now had a place for conducting its business, and the building became the symbol of power and solidity.
By the late 20th century, the impressive stone walls of the Contracting Hall were covered with a thick layer of soot from cigar smoke, and the Pati dels Tarongers was being used as a car park.
In 1997 the transformation finally started, with the goal of adding extra value to the building by making it a contemporary Meeting and Exhibition Facility that brings together the splendor of a historic structure with the contemporary needs of facility management.
Take a look backstage and talk to the people who make this place a historically unique and financially successful facility.


“The Quarry” – Antonio Gaudí’s masterpiece

What is known as “the Quarry” in Barcelona (La Pedrera), is actually the architectural masterpiece of Antonio Gaudí, built between 1906 – 1912.

Casa Milà, which was the name of the original owners, resembles an open quarry with its façade. Antonio Gaudí was commissioned to build this house as a private home for a wealthy Barcelonian family. The building has stood the test of time, and is now known worldwide for its uniqueness and artistic and heritage value. In 1984 it received major recognition and was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value.

Today it is the headquarters of Catalunya “La Pedrera Foundation” and houses a cultural center that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organizes, in addition to the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it possesses.

This afternoon you can have a look behind the façade of the quarry and get acquainted with the unique facility management it takes to make this a contemporary and state-of-the-art building. The Head Facility Manager will take you on a trip that will surely open your eyes and offer new perspectives into Facility Management.