Apartment Refurbishment in Gran Via / Anna & Eugeni Bach

05:00 - 28 December, 2015
Apartment Refurbishment in Gran Via / Anna & Eugeni Bach, © Eugeni Bach
© Eugeni Bach

© Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach +16

Smart Moves for Cities: The Urban Mobility Revolution Will Start With These 3 Projects

12:00 - 25 November, 2015

A smart city isn’t necessarily a city brimming with technology. This crucial (and, thankfully, growingly accepted) clarification was strongly emphasized by a panel of experts during the Smart City Expo in Barcelona. However, the piloted driving—which, in layman's terms means cars that drive themselves—that Audi has been testing and implementing is as high-tech, impressive and brimming with technology as one might expect. Beyond the “ooh and aah” factor of a car that needs no human driver, the spatial implications for our cities are undeniable, and the sooner architects can learn to work with and appreciate this technology, the better. In a city equipped with smart mobility solutions, we can expect technology to drive positive changes to social behavior and the affordability of the cities. But for this, we need visionary leaders. 

Last week Audi showed their commitment to finding these visionary leaders in the field of architecture by announcing the implementation of three Urban Future Partnerships in Somerville/Boston and Mexico City. In the words of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, the three pilot projects represent a key move for the car manufacturer: “The development of an investment logic for mobility infrastructure in cities will be an integral part of our company strategy.” 

Baró de Viver Civic Center / Territori 24

09:00 - 14 November, 2015
Baró de Viver Civic Center  / Territori 24, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Quito, 8, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Adrià Calvo L’Orange, Ivan Pérez Barés, Bet Alabern Cortina, Alvaro Casanovas Leal
  • Area

    1652.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +14

House AB. Barcelona / built architecture

13:00 - 13 November, 2015
House AB. Barcelona / built architecture, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Diana Carbonell, Jaime Batlle, Victor Alavedra
  • Design Team

    Diana Carbonell, Jaime Batlle, Victor Alavedra, Ignacio Arizu, Jennifer Álvarez
  • Area

    153.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons +24

Sculptured Central Nucleus / Sergi Pons architects

09:00 - 7 November, 2015
Sculptured Central Nucleus  / Sergi Pons architects, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +14

Technology Center Leitat / PICHARCHITECTS

09:00 - 31 October, 2015
Technology Center Leitat / PICHARCHITECTS, © Lourdes Jansana
© Lourdes Jansana
  • Architects

  • Location

    Camí Antic València Poble Nou, 22, 08004 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area

    4468.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana © Lourdes Jansana +22

Gaudí's Sagrada Família to Become Tallest Church in Europe by 2026

14:30 - 23 October, 2015
Gaudí's Sagrada Família to Become Tallest Church in Europe by 2026, Templo Expiatorio of the Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: Jose Gonzalvo Vivas, bajo CC BY 2.0
Templo Expiatorio of the Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: Jose Gonzalvo Vivas, bajo CC BY 2.0

133 years since the laying of its foundation, the construction of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família has entered its final phase. This news was announced in a recent press conference by the project's directing architect Jordi Faulí, who will oversee the completion of six new towers that will raise the "Tower of Jesus Christ" to 172.5 meters-tall, making it the tallest religious structure in Europe and Barcelona's tallest building. 

The final stage will include the construction of the 172.5 meter Tower of Jesus Christ, as well as five other 135-meter towers honoring the Virgin Mary and the four apostles. 

More information and a video after the break.

These Children's Playhouses Mimic Contemporary Japanese Architecture

06:00 - 21 October, 2015
These Children's Playhouses Mimic Contemporary Japanese Architecture, via Etsy © SmartPlayhouse
via Etsy © SmartPlayhouse

Barcelona-based designer David Lamolla of SmartPlayhouse creates children’s playhouses based on contemporary architecture styles, aiming to create fun spaces for children that are also sculptural elements for the garden. His Kyoto playhouse series is inspired by minimalist Japanese architecture, taking on a form reminiscent of Toyo Ito’s Mikimoto Ginza 2 building. 

House LLP / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

09:00 - 24 September, 2015
House LLP  / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +28

"Synthesis and Containment": The Design Philosophies of Cadaval & Solà-Morales

06:00 - 14 September, 2015

With a nuanced approach to site and purpose, the projects of Eduardo Cadaval & Clara Solà-Morales are geometric abstractions that are strong without being aggressive, and alluring without being indelicate. In a new documentary on their work, "Cadaval & Solà-Morales / Synthesis and Containment," the architects explain their history and process with commentary that is interspersed by tours of their most lauded projects, and validation of their work by peers. Juan Herreros, Founder and Director of Estudio Herreros, characterizes the architects as not heroic or epic, but as with ballerinas, practice makes the impossible look easy. Josep Luis Mateo, Founder & Director of Mateo Architectura, extols, “one can understand their work by itself, without having to recall their references.”

Sunflower House. Image © Sandra Pereznieto PIC Pavillion. Image © Sandra Pereznieto X House. Image © Sandra Pereznieto Guinovart Florensa Residence. Image © Santiago Garcés +5

Single House Building / Lluís Corbella + Marc Mazeres

09:00 - 9 September, 2015
Single House Building  / Lluís Corbella + Marc Mazeres, © Eva Cotman, Lluís Corbella
© Eva Cotman, Lluís Corbella

© Eva Cotman, Lluís Corbella © Eva Cotman, Lluís Corbella © Eva Cotman, Lluís Corbella © Eva Cotman, Lluís Corbella +20

FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel

11:00 - 8 September, 2015
FC Barcelona Announces Finalists for Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana Remodel, The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock
The Camp Nou stadium. Image © Iakov Filimonov via Shutterstock

FC Barcelona has announced 14 teams in the running for two planned overhauls of their facilities at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, including alterations to their main stadium and the rebuilding of the Palau Blaugrana, the nearby arena owned by the club and used primarily for basketball and handball. The alterations to the two buildings are part of a larger €600 million project, known officially as "Nou Espai Barça," which seeks to improve the club's entire campus, also adding an ice skating rink, new offices, 5,000 parking spaces and improving the outdoor space surrounding the facilities. The Nou Espai Barça project was approved by the club's fanbase last April after a 72% vote in favor of the proposal.

The list names eight teams - including BIG, Populous, HKS and Arup Sport - in the running for the overhaul of the stadium itself, which will involve the addition of almost 6,000 seats to bring the stadium's total capacity to 105,000, increasing the stadium's lead as the largest football stadium in Europe. It will also include a complete redesign of the lowest seating tier to offer improved views, and the addition of a roof over the terraces. Also named are the six teams in the running to rebuild the Palau Blaugrana.

Gaudí’s Casa Vicens to Open as a Museum in 2016

12:00 - 7 September, 2015
Gaudí’s Casa Vicens to Open as a Museum in 2016, Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr CC]
Casa Vicens. Image © Eric Huang [Flickr CC]

Designed by Antonio Gaudí in Barcelona when he was 30, and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005, Casa Vicens will be converted into a museum and open its doors to the public during the second half of 2016. 

Built between 1883 and 1889, Casa Vicens was the first house designed by Gaudí. The building’s current owner, a subsidiary of the financial group Mora Banc Grup, is currently working on its restoration and the museum planning. “The mission of Casa Vicens as a house museum is to present the first Gaudí house, presenting it as an essential work to understand his unique architectural language and the development of Art Nouveau in Barcelona,” explained the executive manager of the project, Mercedes Mora, in a recent interview with Iconic Houses

Learn more after the break. 

Casa Vicens. Image © Michela Simoncini [Flickr CC] Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr CC] Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr CC] Casa Vicens. Image © Ian Gampon [Flickr CC] +5

RESSÒ / ETSAV-UPC Team

05:00 - 3 September, 2015
RESSÒ / ETSAV-UPC Team, © Andrés Flajszer
© Andrés Flajszer

© Andrés Flajszer © Andrés Flajszer © Andrés Flajszer © Andrés Flajszer +38

Tapas Bar 4 Latas / Pepe Gascon + Víctor Sala

05:00 - 23 August, 2015
Tapas Bar 4 Latas   / Pepe Gascon + Víctor Sala, © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Londres, 99, 08036 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Pepe Gascón, Víctor Sala Bori
  • Area

    83.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

Sandwich Bar Blitz / FLEXOARQUITECTURA

13:00 - 1 August, 2015
Sandwich Bar Blitz / FLEXOARQUITECTURA, © José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaça d'Urquinaona, 08010 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Tomeu Ramis, Aixa del Rey and Barbara Vich
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia +10

Apartment Tibbaut / RAS Arquitectura

09:00 - 27 July, 2015

© Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia +23

Explore Barcelona’s Architecture with This Free App by Josep Lluís Mateo

06:00 - 24 July, 2015
Explore Barcelona’s Architecture with This Free App by Josep Lluís Mateo, Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura
Courtesy of Mateo Arquitectura

Spanish architect Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura has launched the “BCN Architecture Guide,” a free application to help travelers and architecture lovers explore Barcelona. The app guides users to both highlights of the city’s built environment as well as its natural environment, including some “places to experience nature in tension with the city, places to be rather than objects to look at.”

The app is available for download in both the App Store and Google Play.