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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], bajo licencia CC BY-ND 2.0
Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr], bajo licencia 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.

Detalle de la Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-ND 2.0 Detalle de la Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-ND 2.0 Detalle de la Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-ND 2.0 Detalle de la Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr], bajo licencia 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.

Co-Working Office / APPAREIL

06:00 - 6 March, 2017
Co-Working Office / APPAREIL, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team

    Edouard Cabay, Massimo D’Aiello, Sonia Lamesa Pina, Alejandro Rondón
  • Area

    205.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

TR House / PMMT

04:00 - 27 January, 2017
TR House / PMMT, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Team

    Alex Herráez, Joana Cornudella, Luis Gotor
  • Area

    506.02 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

A Door for my Parents / Genoveva Carrión Ruiz

05:00 - 31 December, 2016
 A Door for my Parents / Genoveva Carrión Ruiz, © Nelohagen
© Nelohagen

© Nelohagen © Nelohagen © Nelohagen © Nelohagen +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Illustrator of Ceramic Murals

    Sergio Membrillas
  • Area

    70.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Oak House High School Building / Trasbordo Arquitectura

05:00 - 29 December, 2016
Oak House High School Building / Trasbordo Arquitectura, © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca
© Enrique Cabeza de Vaca

© Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca © Enrique Cabeza de Vaca +24

Raised Gardens of Sants in Barcelona / Sergi Godia + Ana Molino architects

11:00 - 14 December, 2016
Raised Gardens of Sants in Barcelona / Sergi Godia + Ana Molino architects, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona Sants, Carrer del Rector Triadó, 75, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Sergi Godia, Ana Molino arquitectos, Esteyco Ingeniería
  • Area

    48400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Montbau Library Rehabilitation / OliverasBoix Arquitectes

13:00 - 11 December, 2016
Montbau Library Rehabilitation / OliverasBoix Arquitectes, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +17

Loft MdP / FFWD Arquitectes

09:00 - 8 December, 2016

Courtesy of FFWD Arquitectes © David Benito Cortázar © David Benito Cortázar © David Benito Cortázar +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Laia Guardiola, David Benito
  • Area

    122.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    David Benito Cortázar, Cortesía de FFWD Arquitectes