9 Flats Low Cost Renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT

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Architects: EMBT
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles Tagliabue
Project Director And Construction: Salvador Gilabert
Area: 1,872 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcela Grassi

G-ROC / Nook Architects

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Architects: Nook Architects
Location: Barcelona,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

Joan Maragall Library / BCQ Arquitectura

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Architects: BCQ Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Project Architects: David Baena, Toni Casamor, Maria Taltavull, Manel Peribáñez
Project Area: 2,983 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Ariel Ramirez, Courtesy of BCQ Arquitectura

Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage

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From the architect. Created for Barcelona‘s BCN RE.SET festival organized this year by the Fundació Enric Miralles as part of the city’s Tricentenari BCN celebrations, this by Yael Reisner and Peter Cook responds to the theme of ‘democracy’. The design, titled “Take My Hand” takes inspiration from a number of factors - notably the location of the site outside ’s Civil Registration building, and the idea that the protection of human rights and civil liberties is one of the fundamental tenets of democracy.

The installation is therefore designed as a space to be used in marriage ceremonies and a celebration of human rights through civil weddings. Reisner explains that “the option of a civil marriage in many countries opened new possibilities for interfaith marriages, non-religious marriages, and same sex marriages.”

More on the installation after the break

Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

Identity / . Image © Marcela Grassi

Every year, citizens of Catalonia commemorate the events of September 11th 1714, a key date in the War of the Spanish Succession that has come to symbolize what Voltaire called “the Barcelonans’ extreme love of freedom.” With this year marking the 300th anniversary of these events, Barcelona Cultura enlisted the Fundació Enric Miralles to curate 7 public installations around the city as part of its Tricentenari BCN program.

The result is BCN RE.SET, organized by Benedetta Tagliabue of the Fundació Enric Miralles and stage director Àlex Ollé, which invited guest architects from countries all over the world to colloborate with local universities and create installations symbolizing 6 political and ideological concepts: identity, freedom, Europe, diversity, democracy and memory. These installations will be in place until September 11th. Read on after the break for descriptions of all 6 installations.

A Gaudí Guide to Barcelona

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Although already an icon in architectural circles, “birthday boy” may soon be receiving a new accolade: sainthood. Due to his renowned, unique style and tireless efforts on La Sagrada Família, Gaudi, potentially our first Patron Saint of Architects, will be beatified by Pope Francis within the next year.

Although beatification is only the third of four steps towards full-fledged canonization (which will require proof that Gaudí performed at least one miracle), it still seems a good moment to celebrate Gaudí and explore some of his most astounding works scattered throughout the city of Barcelona (seven of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Discover some of our favourites after the break.

Happy Birthday Antoni Gaudí!

La Sagrada Familia’s passion facade. Image Courtesy of Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

Antoni Gaudí (1852 – 1926), the Catalán architect known for his distinctive, fantastical style, and – of course – for his magnum opus, the unfinished Sagrada Família, would have turned 162 today. Heavily influenced by religion and the forms, patterns, and colors found in nature, his work was a precursor to building technology development in the 20th century.

In the Sagrada Família, Gaudí eliminated the need for flying buttresses by developing an ingenious system of angled columns and hyperboloidal vaults. The use of hyperboloids and other complex shapes with ruled surfaces allowed not only for a structure far more delicate than its contemporaries, but also for enhanced acoustic and light quality.

In honor of Gaudí’s birthday, check out some of his other iconic contributions to architecture below.

Bodebo Store In Barcelona / CAVAA

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Architects: CAVAA
Location: Carrer de Sant Hermenegild, Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
Area: 74 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

IAAC Invents a Family of Robots to 3D Print Structures of Any Size

The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of

One of the major challenges in translating 3D Printing technology into architecture has been the issue of scale. So far, this has generally resulted in ever larger printers, with one of the most successful examples being the KamerMaker, which has been used to 3D print a Dutch Canal House in 2x2x3.5 metre chunks. However, recognizing the limitations on the size of 3D printers, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has developed a family of three small, mobile robots which together can print a structure of any size.

Read on after the break for more on the process.

Studio for Arranz Bravo / Garcés – De Seta – Bonet

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Architects: Garcés – De Seta – Bonet
Location: Túnels de Vallvidrera, ,
Architect In Charge: Jordi Garcés
Area: 167 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Reforma y Rehabilitación de la Nave Industrial Can Minguell / Toni Gironès

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Architects: Toni Gironès
Location: ,
Area: 2100.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Toni Gironès

Atlantida Auditorium / UTE Llinàs-Llobet-Ayesta-Vives

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Architects:
Location: Vic, , Spain
Director Architect: Josep Llinàs
Associates Architects: Josep Llobet, Pedro Ayesta, Laia Vives
Area: 10,500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Filippo Poli

“Santa Madrona” – 62 Social Dwellings / Pich-Aguilera Architects

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Architects: Pich-Aguilera Architects
Location: Travessera de Dalt, ,
Architect In Charge: Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier, Teresa Batlle i Pagès
Area: 5,704 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Simon García

Reforma en Casp 63 / Carles Enrich Gimenez

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Architects: Carles Enrich Gimenez
Location: Eixample, Barcelona,
Area: 92 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Carles Enrich Gimenez

BCN – NYC Urban Bridge 2014

Throughout 2014, three major institutions – the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College – will be hosting exhibitions and programs that will celebrate Catalan architecture in New York City. These events serve as the foundation for “-New York City Urban Bridge 2014: A Year of Catalan Architecture in New York.”

Defined by their grids and their waterfronts, Barcelona and New York are also distinguished by the passionate devotion of their dwellers to the life of the city. Visit the calendar of events to learn more about the connections between these two great cultural capitals.

Disseny Hub Barcelona Offices for the Museum FAD & BCD / BAAS Arquitectura

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Architects: BAAS Arquitectura
Location: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Jordi Badia
Design Team: Rafael Berengena
Area: 2,074 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcela Grassi, Pedro Pegenaute

Vertical Patio House / Estudi NAO

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Architects: Estudi NAO
Location: , Spain
Project Architects: Francesc Puig Esteban, Anna Fumadó Ciutat
Project Area: 216 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

Refurbishment of a Flat in Barcelona / M2arquitectura

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Architects: M2arquitectura
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Meritxell Lázaro & Mischa Essletzbichler
Cost: 765 €/sqm
Area: 85 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gerard García Vilarrasa