This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Barcelona. We recently featured an engaging video where Wiel Arets half jokingly said Barcelona is fantastic but boring. He continued to say as soon as Sagrada Família is finished Barcelona is done; there is nothing left to do there (10:50). Arets can say what he wants about Barcelona supposedly being boring, but our city guide doesn’t reflect this. Barcelona is filled with fantastically expressive architecture that springs from its proud Catalan culture. It was impossible to feature all our readers suggestions in the first go around, and we did not even come close to including some of the most iconic building such as Casa Milà. Thus we are looking to add to our list of 24 in the near future. Further more there are so many fabulous buildings on the drawing board or under construction, i.e. the projects in the @22 district, we’ll most likely be updating this city guide for quite awhile, regardless of Sagrada Família’s completion. Take a look at our list with the knowledge it is far complete and add to it in the comment section below. The Architecture City Guide: Barcelona list and corresponding map after the break.
The Jaume Fuster Library in Barcelona, Spain, designed by architects Josep Llinás and Joan Vera, occupies a once vacant lot. The 5,026 sqm building was the recipient of a 2006 FAD, one of the most prestigious awards in Spain. Peter Kok shared this video that he shot of the Jaume Fuster Library.