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Gaudí's Sagrada Família To Reach Another Milestone

00:00 - 23 September, 2014

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

00:00 - 19 September, 2014
Heathcote Examines The Architecture Of Scottish Independence, Enric Miralles' Scottish Parliament Building. Image Courtesy of University of Edinburgh
Enric Miralles' Scottish Parliament Building. Image Courtesy of University of Edinburgh

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

01:00 - 11 September, 2014
BCN Re.Set - Identity Pavilion / Urbanus, © Runze Hu
© Runze Hu

© Runze Hu © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Runze Hu +28

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

01:00 - 21 August, 2014
AD Classics: Olympic Archery Range / Enric Miralles & Carme Pinos, The Training Pavilion
The Training Pavilion

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 +17

MARIA & CUBÍ / nookarchitects

01:00 - 14 August, 2014
MARIA & CUBÍ  / nookarchitects, © nieve | Productora Audiovisual
© nieve | Productora Audiovisual

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Interior Renovation of an Apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
Interior Renovation of an Apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Construction Company

    GdR
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +11

Dental Angels / YLAB Arquitectos

01:00 - 6 August, 2014
Dental Angels / YLAB Arquitectos, © Ciro Frank Schiappa
© Ciro Frank Schiappa
  • Architects

  • 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 +13

SALVA46 / MIEL Arquitectos + STUDIO P10

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
SALVA46  / MIEL Arquitectos + STUDIO P10 , © Asier Rua
© Asier Rua

© Asier Rua © Asier Rua © Asier Rua © Asier Rua +19

Rocha Apartment / CaSA

01:00 - 2 August, 2014
Rocha Apartment / CaSA, © Roberto Ruiz
© Roberto Ruiz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Surface

    170m2 + 10m2 of terrace

  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz © Roberto Ruiz +84

Renovation of an apartment in Eixample / Sergi Pons

01:00 - 2 August, 2014
Renovation of an apartment in Eixample / Sergi Pons, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Developer

    GdR
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

Las Arenas / Richard Rogers + Alonso y Balaguer

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Las Arenas / Richard Rogers + Alonso y Balaguer, Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer
Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gran Vía Corts Catalanes, 373 - 385, 08015 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Collaboration

    Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners.
  • Area

    105000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer

Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer Courtesy of Alonso y Balaguer +37

G-ROC / Nook Architects

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
G-ROC / Nook Architects, © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual
© Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

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

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
9 Flats low cost renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT, © Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi
  • Architects

  • 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 +18

Joan Maragall Library / BCQ Arquitectura

01:00 - 20 July, 2014
Joan Maragall Library  / BCQ Arquitectura, © Ariel Ramirez
© Ariel Ramirez

© Ariel Ramirez © Ariel Ramirez © Ariel Ramirez © Ariel Ramirez +23

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

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage, © Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi

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 +6

Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations, Identity / URBANUS. Image © Marcela Grassi
Identity / URBANUS. 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.

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 +15

A Gaudí Guide to Barcelona

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
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/ +10

Bodebo Store In Barcelona / CAVAA

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Bodebo Store In Barcelona   / CAVAA, © Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects

  • 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 +13