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Apartment Refurbishment in Barcelona / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

  • Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes
  • Location: Nou Barris, Barcelona, España
  • Architects In Charge: Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa, Xavier Morell
  • Area: 67.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

P House / Artigas Arquitectes

  • Architects: Artigas Arquitectes
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Albert Artigas, Ester Fortuny, Judit Onsès, Albert Ortiz
  • Area: 540.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Lluís Sans

© Lluís Sans  © Lluís Sans  © Lluís Sans  © Lluís Sans

Mountain Guest House / Dom Architecture

  • Architects: Dom Architecture
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Pablo Serrano Elorduy
  • Interior Designer: Blanca Elorduy
  • Area: 65.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Dom Architecture

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The 9 Most Controversial Buildings of All Time

It is now just over a year since the unveiling of Zaha Hadid's Al-Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar, and in the intervening twelve months, it seems like the building has never been out of the news. Most recently, remarks made by Hadid concerning the deaths of construction workers under Qatar’s questionable working conditions created a media firestorm of legal proportions. Hadid’s stadium has been widely mocked for its ‘biological’ appearance, not to mention the fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, for which the stadium will be built, has encountered a storm of controversy all of its own.

The criticism surrounding Al Wakrah has prompted us to look far and wide for the world’s most debated buildings. Could Al Wakrah be the most controversial building of all time? Check out ArchDaily’s roundup of nine contenders after the break.

Find out which buildings top our controversial list after the break

Apartment Renovation in Eixample of Barcelona / Adrián Elizalde

  • Architects: Adrián Elizalde
  • Location: Carrer de Provença, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Construction: Forneas Guida
  • Area: 70.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Provença Apartment / NUG

  • Architects: NUG
  • Ubicación: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Amadeu Santacana, Umberto Viotto
  • Área: 143.0 m2
  • Año Proyecto: 2013
  • Fotografías: Andrés Flajszer

© Andrés Flajszer © Andrés Flajszer © Andrés Flajszer © Andrés Flajszer

Office Dones del 36 / Zest Architecture

  • Architects: Zest Architecture
  • Location: Plaça de les Dones del 36, 08012 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Design Team: Co Govers, Joana Ramalhete
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Puig Tower / Rafael Moneo + Antonio Puig, Josep Riu GCA Architects + Lucho Marcial

© Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas

Hotel Vincci Gala Barcelona / TBI Architecture & Engineering

  • Architects: TBI Architecture & Engineering
  • Location: Ronda de Sant Pere, 32, 08010 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Director Tbi: Miguel Jordá
  • Architecture: Stefan Richter
  • Design And Interior Design: Gregor Mertens
  • Area: 4600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: José Hevia Blach

© José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach © José Hevia Blach

Collective Housing in Baró Tower / MiAS Architectes

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

OAK Showroom / Anna & Eugeni Bach

  • Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Collaborator: Albert Cabrer
  • Area: 244.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Eugeni Bach

© Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach © Eugeni Bach

Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded its 2014 Mayors Challenge to Barcelona, selecting its plan to deal with the problems of an ageing population over the proposals of 20 other European cities shortlisted earlier this year. The award, developed to promote the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation, carries a €5 million prize for Barcelona to put toward implementing the plan. In addition, four runners-up - Athens, Kirklees, Stockholm and Warsaw - will also receive €1 million each for their own plans.

"To meet the biggest challenges of the 21st century, city leaders must think creatively and be unafraid to try new things – and the Mayors Challenge is designed to help them do that," said Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Read on after the break to learn more about the proposals of Barcelona and the four runners-up

Endesa World Fab Condenser / MARGEN-LAB

  • Architects: MARGEN-LAB
  • Location: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 08013 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects: Daniel Ibáñez, Rodrigo Rubio
  • Collaborator: FAB LAB NETWORK
  • Client: IAAC, ENDESA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Gaudí's Sagrada Família To Reach Another Milestone

The Basilica of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona have laid out their planned milestones for the forthcoming year, visualising it in a short film that begins to piece together Antoni Gaudí's incredible vision. The Sacristy and Raking Cornice will be constructed between this year and next, while new stained glass windows will be installed flooding the interior spaces with evermore coloured light.

Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence

Scotland have voted against independence.

Arguably there are only two architects in history that have become almost completely synonymous with one particular city - Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Glasgow and Antoní Gaudi for Barcelona. Indeed, a Catalonian architect, Enric Miralles, designed the Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood, Edinburgh. The fact that both of these cities are part of large enclaves who are seeking, or have sought, independence is perhaps just a coincidence. Architecture, often used as a symbol for the identity of nationhood, will certainly be part of a wider dialogue about the Union of the United Kingdom following yesterday's referendum.

BCN Re.Set - Identity Pavilion / Urbanus

  • Architects: Urbanus
  • Location: Plaça Nova, 08002 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Design School: La Salle
  • Design Director: Xiaodu Liu,Yan Meng
  • Project Director: Bernat Riera
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Runze Hu, Marcela Grassi, Eugeni Bach _ Albert Cabrer, Runze Hu _ Jaime Font

© Runze Hu © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Runze Hu

AD Classics: Olympic Archery Range / Enric Miralles & Carme Pinos

For architects, it is a project perhaps more recognizable in plan than in photograph. The dazzling rhythmic complexity of the construction drawings for Barcelona’s Olympic Archery Range, completed in 1991, brought more fame to the 1992 Olympic event than any arrow shot from the buildings’ shadow. The drawings show an overlay of organic curves and rectilinear shapes working in sublime harmony, producing a composition that clearly conveys both the architects' concept and the process through which it was developed. Amazingly, the project is no less spectacular in person than on paper, and its completion helped launch the husband-and-wife partnership of Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós into international stardom.

Courtesy of the Architects The Competition Pavilion. Image © Dieter Janssen, DJA Training Pavilion Detail. Image © Dieter Janssen, DJA © Dieter Janssen, DJA