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Port America's Cup

Puerto de Valencia
46024 Valencia

When the City of Valencia was selected to host the 32nd America's Cup; the Consorcio Valencia 2007 assumed the main task of reshaping the port of Valencia to make it the best scenario for the event.

The result of this reorganization was La Marina Real Juan Carlos I, a large space comprising both public meeting places and recreational spaces. The intention being that, in the future, these would provide a suitable arena for any combination of cultural, sporting and leisure activities.

La Marina Real Juan Carlos I is located in the very heart of Valencia - north of the commercial port and adjacent to Malvarrosa beach with its promenade providing numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

The principal building in marina is the iconic Veles e Vents.

Veles e Vents

Veles e Vents - designed by David Chipperfield - is a minimalist styled building with a surface area of some ten thousand square metres comprised of horizontal platforms designed to create the shaded terraces needed by spectators and guests.

The building stands on the canal of Port America's Cup and acts as a visual connection between the Mediterranean and the city of Valencia, from any of its four floors the view over the whole port is simply magnificent. Throughout the America's Cup competition all participating teams had to sail past every day, again providing spectators with an unbeatable view.

David Chipperfield stated that his design was intended o create a building that was "exciting, where people could meet to enjoy the America's Cup, so the idea that the design could create shade was important, so that spectators were as comfortable outside as they were inside".