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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

Sant Antoni - Joan Oliver Library / RCR Arquitectes

  • Architects: RCR Arquitectes
  • Location: Carrer Comte Borrell, 44, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
  • Project Architects: RCR Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta Arquitectes
  • Project Area: 4171.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons

MARIA & CUBÍ / nookarchitects

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Interior Renovation of an Apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons

  • Architects: Sergi Pons
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Construction Company: GdR
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

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

Dental Angels / YLAB Arquitectos

  • Architects: YLAB Arquitectos
  • Location: Sant Andreu, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Tobias Laarmann, Yolanda Yuste López
  • Area: 108.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Ciro Frank Schiappa

© Ciro Frank Schiappa © Ciro Frank Schiappa © Ciro Frank Schiappa © Ciro Frank Schiappa

SALVA46 / MIEL Arquitectos + STUDIO P10

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Rocha Apartment / CaSA

  • Architects: CaSA
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Surface: 170m2 + 10m2 of terrace

  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Roberto Ruiz

© Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz

Renovation of an apartment in Eixample / Sergi Pons

  • Architects: Sergi Pons
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Developer: GdR
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

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G-ROC / Nook Architects

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9 Flats low cost renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT

  • Architects: EMBT
  • Location: Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles Tagliabue
  • Project Director And Construction: Salvador Gilabert
  • Area: 1872.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Marcela Grassi

© Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi

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

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 installation 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 Barcelona'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

Ceremony at the Take My Hand Installation © Marcela Grassi Yael Reisner at the installation of the inflatable canopy Yael Reisner & Peter Cook Celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary at their Take My Hand Installation

Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

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.

Europe / ETH Zürich + Urban–Think Tank. Image © Marcela Grassi Diversity / Yael Reisner + Peter Cook. Image © Marcela Grassi Freedom / Anupama Kundoo. Image © Marcela Grassi Memory / Grafton Architects. Image © Marcela Grassi

A Gaudí Guide to Barcelona

Parc Guell. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/
Parc Guell. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/

Although already an icon in architectural circles, “birthday boy” Antoni Gaudí 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.

La Sagrada Familia. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Mila rooftop. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Batllo. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/ Casa Mila interior. Image Courtesy of http://www.lowcostholidays.com/

Bodebo Store In Barcelona / CAVAA

  • Architects: CAVAA
  • Location: Carrer de Sant Hermenegild, 7, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects In Charge: Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
  • Builder: Josep Massana
  • Area: 74.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jordi Surroca

© Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca © Jordi Surroca

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

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.

The Grip Robot applies further layers to build up the shell. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot can travel in any direction across the structure adding extra layers to strengthen the structure.. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia The Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Strengthening layers added by Vacuum Robot. Image Courtesy of Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

Skate Park Nou Barris / Scob Arquitectura y Paisaje

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