Casa Tomás / LAB, Laboratory for Architecture in Barcelona

© José Hevia

Architects: LAB, Laboratory for Architecture in Barcelona
Location: Carrer de Pujol, 24, 08022 Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Pepe Gascón, Víctor Sala
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Hevia

127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

© Jordi Surroca

Architects: Bru Lacomba Setoain
Location: , Spain
Architects In Charge: Eduard Bru, Neus Lacomba, Victor Setoain
Area: 16,613 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jordi Surroca, Adriá Goula

Dwellings in Barcelona / Josep Lluís Mateo

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: Passatge Marimon, 5, Barcelona,
Area: 907 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

216 Social Dwellings for Students and Professors in Cerdanyola del Vallés / Bru Lacomba Setoain

© J. Bernadó

Architects: Bru Lacomba Setoain
Location: Bellaterra, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Area: 17,536 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: J. Bernadó, Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain

Olivia Balmes Hotel / Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia

© Enrique Armisén

Architects: , Sara Galmán Gracia
Interiors: GCA architects-Josep Riu de Martin
Location: Carrer de Balmes, 115, 08006 , Spain
Architect In Charge: Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia
Area: 9437.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Enrique Armisén

Born CC Library / Jorge Pérez Vale

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Jorge Pérez Vale
Location: Barcelona,
Graphic Design Studio: Roseta y Oihana
Area: 121.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula, Laura Serra Estorch

CT House / MYCC

© Jose Hevia

Architects: MYCC
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Architect In Charge: Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, M. Gonzalez
Design Team: Raquel del Rio, Pablo Urbano
Area: 212 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jose Hevia, Courtesy of MYCC

Interview with Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect of Barcelona

© Ewa Szymczyk

In the following article, originally published in Polish in theDecember 2013 issue of A&B, Ewa Szymczyk interviews , the Chief Architect of since 2011 as well as the founder of Guallart Architects and IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture in Catalunya). Szymczyk questions Guallart about his experience in urban design, asking: how can you measure a city’s success?

Ewa Szymczyk: When measuring the contemporary city’s success we typically use economic measures. In this sense Barcelona ranks very high, being a top tourist destination and managing its budget in times of global crisis. But there are many other ways to measure its success. What in your opinion makes a city a good city? Isn’t it much more than economic prosperity?

Vincente Guallart: A good city is a place where the citizens live well. So the best measure for a good city is how the citizens live. The truth is that the city is a physical representation of a social agreement. If you think for instance about Phoenix in Arizona, maybe people live there the way they want and the way they like to live. Obviously there are also questions related to cost. I mean, questions related to environmental and economic costs. Therefore the cost of a city like Phoenix is very different from the cost of a city like Hong Kong, which is the densest city and probably the most efficient urban structure in the world. So the question is the economic efficiency and also the quality of life of the citizens. And the best way to know is to ask citizens how happy they are to live in a place like this. The truth is that if you are a citizen of Barcelona you are quite happy. We have been evaluating this over the past few years and the average rating is seven out of ten. So that is in general very good! The people are proud to live in a place like this.

Catalan Institute of Economists / Roldán + Berengué

© Jordi Surroca

Architects: Roldán + Berengué
Location: Plaza Gal·la Placídia 32 08006
Architect In Charge: José Miguel Roldán, Mercè Berengué
Area: 3080.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

Roc Cube / nook architects

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Architects: nook architects
Location: Barcelona,
Furniture: Casa Jornet
Year: 2013
Photographs: nieve

Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach

© Eugeni Bach

Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
Location: Floridablanca-Comte d’Urgell, 08011 ,
Constructor: Oak 2000, S.L.
Collaborators: Albert Cabrer
Area: 112.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eugeni Bach

Inaugure Hospitality Group Headquarters / YLAB Arquitectos

© Eugeni Pons

Architects: YLAB Arquitectos
Location: Passeig de Gràcia, , Spain
Architect In Charge: Tobias Laarmann, Yolanda Yuste López
Builders: Ebanistería Agüera, 7Works General Contractor, Cristalería Bonanova, IEAISA
Area: 475.0 sqm
Photographs: Eugeni Pons

Putget Dolors Aleu Center for the Elderly / Pinearq

© FG+SG

Architects: Pinearq
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Architect In Charge: Albert de Pineda Alvarez
Area: 7,500 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: FG+SG

Vall d’Hebron Hospital / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

© Francisco Villaescusa

Architects: Estudi PSP Arquitectura
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Project Area: 15,802 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Francisco Villaescusa

Apartment Restoration in Barcelona / Vora arquitectura

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Vora arquitectura
Location: Carrer Gran de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
Team: Pere Buil y Toni Riba
Project Area: 120 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Nursery In The Jardines De Malaga In Barcelona / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes

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Architects: Batlle i Roig Arquitectes
Location: Barcelona,
Design Team: Laura Quintana, Goretti Guillén, Arantxa Manrique, Francesc Parera
Area: 745 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes

Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

© Rafael Vargas

Architects: b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
Location: Gran Via-Pl de les Glòries, Barcelona,
Design Team: Fermín Vázquez, Francesc de Fuentes, Cristina Algas, Sonia Cruz, Guillermo Weiskal, Albert Freixes, Gemma Ojea, Javier Artieda, Angel Gaspar, Oriol Roig, Juan Pablo Porta, Leonardo Novelo Jorge Mascaray, Francisco Marques, Helia Pires, Elies Porta, Tosca Salinas, Myriam Gonzalez, Nastascha Gergoff, Egbert Oosterhoff
Area: 35,440 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rafael Vargas

Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura

© Lluís Casals

Architects: RQP Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: Josep Benedito Rovira, Ramon Valls Ortiz
Team: Antoni Vilanova, Eduard Simó
Area: 15,163 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Lluís Casals