Olivia Balmes Hotel / Álex Ibáñez Walter, Sara Galmán Gracia

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
© Enrique Armisén
© Enrique Armisén

© Enrique Armisén © Enrique Armisén © Enrique Armisén © Enrique Armisén +30

Interview with Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect of Barcelona

00:00 - 28 January, 2014
Interview with Vicente Guallart, Chief Architect of Barcelona, © Ewa Szymczyk
© Ewa Szymczyk

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.

CT House / MYCC

01:00 - 28 January, 2014
CT House  /  MYCC, © Jose Hevia
© Jose Hevia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, M. Gonzalez
  • Design Team

    Raquel del Rio, Pablo Urbano
  • Area

    212.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia © Jose Hevia Courtesy of MYCC +27

Catalan Institute of Economists / Roldán + Berengué

01:00 - 23 January, 2014
© Jordi Surroca
© Jordi Surroca
  • Architects

  • 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 +25

Roc Cube / nook architects

01:00 - 10 January, 2014
Roc Cube / nook architects, © nieve
© nieve
  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain
  • Furniture

    Casa Jornet
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© nieve © nieve © nieve © nieve +25

Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
Apartment Refurbishment / Anna & Eugeni Bach, © Eugeni Bach
© Eugeni Bach
  • Architects

  • 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 +19

Inaugure Hospitality Group Headquarters / YLAB Arquitectos

01:00 - 23 December, 2013
Inaugure Hospitality Group Headquarters / YLAB Arquitectos, © Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons
  • Architects

  • 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 +22

Putget Dolors Aleu Center for the Elderly / Pinearq

01:00 - 19 December, 2013
Putget Dolors Aleu Center for the Elderly / Pinearq, © FG+SG
© FG+SG
  • Architects

  • 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 +16

Vall d’Hebron Hospital / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

01:00 - 11 December, 2013
Vall d’Hebron Hospital / Estudi PSP Arquitectura, © Francisco Villaescusa
© Francisco Villaescusa

© Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa © Francisco Villaescusa +12

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

01:00 - 5 December, 2013
Nursery In The Jardines De Malaga In Barcelona / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes, Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes
Courtesy of Batlle I Roig Arquitectes
  • Architects

  • 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 +31

Apartment Restoration in Barcelona / Vora arquitectura

01:00 - 5 December, 2013
Apartment Restoration in Barcelona / Vora arquitectura , © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • 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 +18

Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

01:00 - 3 December, 2013
Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, © Rafael Vargas
© Rafael Vargas
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avinguda Meridiana, 69, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
  • 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
  • Structural Engineering

    BOMA
  • Services Engineering

    Grupo JG
  • Area

    35440.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas © Rafael Vargas +20

Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Campus De La Comunicació Poblenou / RQP Arquitectura, © Lluís Casals
© Lluís Casals
  • Architects

  • 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 +23

Bricktopia: contemporary crafts in EME3 Festival, Barcelona

00:00 - 14 November, 2013
Bricktopia: contemporary crafts in EME3 Festival, Barcelona, © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba
© Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba

"Bricktopia", by the architects of the international collective Map13, is the winning project in the "Build-it" Eme3 International Architecture Festival, held on June 27-30 in Barcelona. The pavilion can be visited throughout the summer at the square of the former spinning mill Fabra i Coats in the Sant Andreu district.

This intervention sets a new square which can house different activities, both under the pavilion and around it. Public spaces for bathrooms, sun, bar and stage for enjoying the summer 2013. It is a brick domed structure that employs the traditional construction system of a partitioned vault (or "Catalan vault") computed with new digital tools for the structural optimization of the geometry.

More information and images below.

© Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba © Manuel de Lozar + Paula López Barba +31

PAKTA Restaurant / El Equipo Creativo

00:00 - 1 November, 2013
PAKTA Restaurant / El Equipo Creativo , © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Lleida, 5, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo
  • Design Team

    Lucas Echeveste Lacy, Cristina Huguet, Mireia Gallego
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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

Toormix Workshop / vora arquitectura

00:00 - 27 October, 2013
Toormix Workshop / vora arquitectura, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer del Torrent de l'Olla, 15, 08012 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Pere Buil, Toni Riba
  • Area

    20.0 m2
  • Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula +9

Sant Martí / SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo

01:00 - 24 October, 2013
Sant Martí / SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo, © Aitor Estévez
© Aitor Estévez

© Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez © Aitor Estévez +30

AD Classics: La Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudi

01:00 - 16 October, 2013
AD Classics: La Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudi, The Passion Facade © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
The Passion Facade © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

Construction of the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família began in 1882, more than a century ago. The temple is still under construction, with completion expected in 2026. It is perhaps the best known structure of Catalan Modernisme, drawing over three million visitors annually. Architect Antoni Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926, in full anticipation he would not live to see it finished. 

© John Kennan © John Kennan © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada  Família © Jose Gonzalvo +38