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Casa Tomás / LAB, Laboratory for Architecture in Barcelona

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

127 Subsidized Dwellings in Barcelona / Bru Lacomba Setoain

  • Architects: Bru Lacomba Setoain
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge: Eduard Bru, Neus Lacomba, Victor Setoain
  • Area: 16613.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jordi Surroca, Adriá Goula

© Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Adriá Goula © Jordi Surroca

216 Social Dwellings for students and professors in Cerdanyola del Vallés / Bru Lacomba Setoain

  • Architects: Bru Lacomba Setoain
  • Location: Unitat de Garantia de Qualitat de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Campus UAB, Edificio A, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Area: 17536.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: J. Bernadó, Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain

Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain Courtesy of Bru Lacomba Setoain © J. Bernadó

Edificio de viviendas en Barcelona / Josep Lluís Mateo

  • Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Location: Passatge Marimon, 5, 08021 Barcelona, Spain
  • Structure: BOMA Inpasa
  • Constructor: Delfor95
  • Area: 907.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adrià Goula

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

Born CC Library / Jorge Pérez Vale

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

© Laura Serra Estorch © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula

Olivia Balmes Hotel / Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia

© Enrique Armisén
© Enrique Armisén
  • Architects: Álex Ibáñez Walter , Sara Galmán Gracia
  • Location: Carrer de Balmes, 115, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia
  • Area: 9437.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Enrique Armisén

© Enrique Armisén © Enrique Armisén © Enrique Armisén © Enrique Armisén

Interview with Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect of Barcelona

In the following article, originally published in Polish in theDecember 2013 issue of A&B, Ewa Szymczyk interviews Vicente Guallart, the Chief Architect of Barcelona 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
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects: Roldán + Berengué
  • Location: Plaza Gal·la Placídia 32 08006 Barcelona
  • Architect in Charge: José Miguel Roldán, Mercè Berengué
  • Area: 3080.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jordi Surroca

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

Roc Cube / nook architects

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

© nieve © nieve © nieve © nieve

Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach

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

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

Inaugure Hospitality Group Headquarters / YLAB Arquitectos

  • Architects: YLAB Arquitectos
  • Location: Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, 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

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

Putget Dolors Aleu Center for the Elderly / Pinearq

  • Architects: Pinearq
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Albert de Pineda Alvarez
  • Area: 7500 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: FG+SG

© FG+SG © FG+SG © FG+SG © FG+SG

Vall d’Hebron Hospital / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

© Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa

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

  • Architects: Batlle i Roig Arquitectes
  • Location: Jardins de Màlaga, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Enric Batlle, Joan Roig architects
  • Design Team: Laura Quintana, Goretti Guillén, Arantxa Manrique, architects, Francesc Parera, draftsman
  • Area: 745.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes

Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes

Apartment Restoration in Barcelona / Vora arquitectura

  • Architects: Vora arquitectura
  • Location: Carrer Gran de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Team: Pere Buil y Toni Riba
  • Project Area: 120.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Adrià Goula

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

Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura

  • Architects: RQP Arquitectura
  • Location: Carrer de Tànger, 130, UPF - Communication Campus - Poblenou, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Josep Benedito Rovira, Ramon Valls Ortiz
  • Team: Antoni Vilanova, Eduard Simó
  • Architects collaborators: Roger Molas Bernabé, Júlia Barata de Tovar Vilhena, Javier Sánchez – Montaña López, Martín Cerreda Álvarez
  • Technical Architect: Miquel Milian Barreda
  • Structures: Manuel Arguijo y Asociados, SL
  • Health and Safety: MBF Arquitectura.
  • Facilities: Instal•lacions Arquitectòniques,SL
  • Builder: SAPIC, CONSTRUCTORA SAN JOSE, SOGESA INSTALACIONES INTEGRALES, SA
  • Area: 15163.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Lluís Casals

© Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals