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This is Gaudí

03:00 - 23 May, 2017
This is Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí has a reputation as monastic, mad and hermetic, but the architect of many of the buildings that define Barcelona’s cityscape was no mad eccentric; he was a genius inspired by his faith in nature and the divine.

Raval Hideaway / Sarriera-Weinstock

13:00 - 21 May, 2017
Raval Hideaway / Sarriera-Weinstock, © Jose Hevia
© Jose Hevia

© Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    El Raval, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Mariana de Delás, Marcos Duffo
  • Area

    55.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Barcelona's Meteorology Center by Álvaro Siza, Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

15:58 - 19 May, 2017

In this photoset by Fernando Guerra, the photographer turns his lenses to a little-known project by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, Meteorology Center in Barcelona. 

See Barcelona Through an Architect's Eyes

06:00 - 19 May, 2017

Barcelona is an amazing city.  With its vast amount of cultural offerings, the number of places to visit is almost infinite. If there is one thing that really sets Barcelona apart from other big cities is its architecture. Like in so many other cities, the best way to intimately get know a new place is to simply take a walk through its streets. This is what Barcelona Architecture Walks is all about, a specialized route hitting all the architectural must-see spots of Barcelona.

This is a series of urban walking tours organized by architects which allow you to discover the city through the buildings and lessons of their great masters. They are a must for every tourist who wants to do something different in Barcelona, while still getting the real Barcelona experience. Of course, if you're an architect, you have no excuse. Through six differently themed walks, you can experience firsthand these examples of architecture that often get lost in the tangle of tourists taking selfies. 

Cortesía de Barcelona Architecture Walks Cortesía de Barcelona Architecture Walks Cortesía de Barcelona Architecture Walks Cortesía de Barcelona Architecture Walks +5

Canodròm / Dear Design Studio

11:00 - 11 May, 2017
Canodròm / Dear Design Studio, © Aitor Estevez
© Aitor Estevez

© Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de la Riera d'Horta, 3, 08027 Barcelona, Spain
  • Creative Director

    Ignasi Llauradó
  • Area

    2312.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Gaudí's First-Ever House to Open as a Museum Following Major Restoration

12:15 - 10 May, 2017
© Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms
© Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms

Antoni Gaudí’s first ever house, Casa Vicens, is set to open to the public this autumn following a major restoration effort. Located in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gràcia, the house was originally built for broker Manuel Vicens from 1883 to 1885 – helping to define Gaudí’s signature style and helping to usher in the era of Art Nouveau architecture in Catalonia.

© Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms © Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms © Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms © Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms +25

AD Classics: Kafka's Castle / Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitecturas

04:00 - 9 May, 2017
AD Classics: Kafka's Castle / Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitecturas, © Ricardo Bofill
© Ricardo Bofill

Standing on a rise overlooking the Spanish Mediterranean coast, there is an odd structure which could easily be mistaken for an vast pile of forgotten blocks. Kafka’s Castle, built in 1968, was one of the earlier projects completed by Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish Postmodern architect known for apartment buildings as monumental as they were thought-provoking. While his later work indulged in Postmodern historicism, the modular and mathematically-derived Kafka’s Castle was an unabashed break from any local or global tradition – as much the case now as it was in the 1960s.

© Ricardo Bofill © Ricardo Bofill © Ricardo Bofill Once the physical model of Kafka’s Castle was completed, RBTA managed to condense all necessary construction information into only five drawings. Image© Ricardo Bofill +19

First House Designed by Gaudí to Open as Museum

08:00 - 16 April, 2017
First House Designed by Gaudí to Open as Museum, Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

It has been confirmed that the museum opening date for the Casa Vicens in Barcelona has been rescheduled for the second half of 2017. Originally scheduled for the second half of 2016, the reopening of Gaudi's first house was not able to be completed due to the complicated and labor intensive renovations. This will be the first time the house, declared World Heritage site, will be open to the public without it being a residential or private space.

The Casa Vicens, located on 24 Carolines Street, was the first house ever designed by Antoni Gaudí. In 1883 Manel Vicens, promoter of the project, commissioned the architect to build what would be his summer home. At that time Gràcia, now a cosmopolitan neighborhood, was a separate town. Therefore, the project did not contemplate the possibility of other buildings being built around it, and so to this day, it remains a completely freestanding building in a neighborhood characterized by its compact character, narrow streets, and high density of population.

Detail of the Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Detail of the Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Detail of the Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Detail of the Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 +5

House in Pedralbes / BC Estudio Architects

05:00 - 15 April, 2017
House in Pedralbes / BC Estudio Architects, © Julio Cunill
© Julio Cunill

© Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill © Julio Cunill +15

EMBT Breaks Ground on Pioneering Cancer Center in Barcelona

17:15 - 7 April, 2017
EMBT Breaks Ground on Pioneering Cancer Center in Barcelona, Render – Kálida Sant Pau Centre. Image © Playtime
Render – Kálida Sant Pau Centre. Image © Playtime

EMBT has broken ground on Kálida Sant Pau, a new cancer treatment center located in Barcelona, Spain. Led by EMBT co-founder Benedetta Tagliabue, the pioneering project will provide practical, emotional and social support to patients that complements more conventional medical treatment. The latest project in the Maggie’s Center global network, the center will offer free programs that are “accessible and provided in a warm and welcoming purpose built space where you can ask questions and seek advice in order to feel supported, informed and understood.”

LEKA Open Source Restaurant / IAAC FAB Lab Barcelona

11:00 - 6 April, 2017
LEKA Open Source Restaurant / IAAC FAB Lab Barcelona, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Badajoz, 65, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Miguel Guerrero, Anastasia Pistofidou
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

How Artificial Intelligence Helped to Create a Gaudí-Inspired Thinking Sculpture

06:00 - 23 March, 2017
How Artificial Intelligence Helped to Create a Gaudí-Inspired Thinking Sculpture, Courtesy of IBM
Courtesy of IBM

IBM and New-York-based design studio SOFTlab have teamed up to create the first thinking sculpture, inspired by Gaudí and developed with IBM’s Watson cognitive technology for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

In order to help design the sculpture, Watson was taught about the history and style of Gaudí and the architecture of Barcelona through volumes of images, literary works, articles, and even music. From these references, Watson helped to uncover critical insights on patterns in Gaudí's work—like crabs, spiders, and color palettes—that the design team didn't initially associate with Gaudí. The resulting four-meter-tall sculpture features a structural surface made of over 1200 unique aluminum parts, and is unmistakably reminiscent of Gaudí’s work both in look and feel, yet entirely distinct.

The sculpture was on display from February 27 to March 2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it interacted with visitors by changing shape in real-time, in response to sentiments from Twitter. To learn more about the sculpture, ArchDaily was given to opportunity to speak with IBM Watson Manager Jonas Nwuke.

Courtesy of IBM Courtesy of IBM Courtesy of IBM Courtesy of IBM +10

Pizzeria Massa / FLEXOARQUITECTURA

05:00 - 22 March, 2017
Pizzeria Massa / FLEXOARQUITECTURA, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +13

Joan Oliver – Pere Quart Civic Center Extension / Pich-Aguilera Arquitectes

05:00 - 17 March, 2017
Joan Oliver – Pere Quart Civic Center Extension / Pich-Aguilera Arquitectes, © Simon Garcia
© Simon Garcia

© Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia © Simon Garcia +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Manager

    Ute Müncheberg
  • Group Leaders

    Angel Sendarrubias, Pau Casaldàliga
  • Area

    1020.0 m2
  • Photographs

Beats / Nook architects + byn studio

13:00 - 16 March, 2017
Beats / Nook architects + byn studio, Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual
Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual

Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual Courtesy of nieve / Productora Audiovisual +19

Call for Submissions to 3rd Editiof of European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA

21:00 - 14 March, 2017
Call for Submissions to 3rd Editiof of European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA, Second Edition. Winner of the category A: Public library in Ceuta. Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos. Photo by Roland Halbe
Second Edition. Winner of the category A: Public library in Ceuta. Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos. Photo by Roland Halbe

The Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA, arises from the belief that heritage, as a vehicle for social integration and an economic vitalizing resource for the community, deserves to be appreciated and encouraged. In the current context, in which architectural heritage is considered not only to be a fundamental instrument of knowledge but also a first rate socio-economic resource for the sustainable development of the territory, the disclosure, distinction and recognition of works and quality projects contributing to the preservation of the collective memory is imperative.

Farmhouse Refurbishment in Santa Margarida de Montbui / Arquitectura -G

13:00 - 13 March, 2017
Farmhouse Refurbishment in Santa Margarida de Montbui / Arquitectura -G, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Margarida de Montbui, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Step Into Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion in this Virtual Walkthrough

12:00 - 7 March, 2017

Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Barcelona Pavilion is one of the most well-loved structures in the history of architecture, a de facto pilgrimage site for architects and architecture lovers around the world. Now, even those unable to make the trip have the opportunity to get a tour of the beautiful structure, thanks to a new virtual walkthrough produced by The Mies van der Rohe Foundation.