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Barcelona City Guide: 23 Places to See in Gaudi’s Birthplace

In Barcelona, the cradle of contemporary urbanism, the landscape is enriched with endless layers of history. Since its first settlers, Roman colonists, generation after generation built here, one on top of another.

Romans, Visigoths and a brief Islamic period are still embedded within the city's prettiest streets. These old architectural stories are delightfully present nowadays. At first glimpse, the traveler can spot a 14th century stone cathedral coexisting with a computer-generated undulating structure – in harmony. Not many cities manage temporary tension as good as Barcelona.

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Spotlight: Rafael Moneo

As the first ever Spanish architect to receive the Pritzker Prize, Rafael Moneo (born 9 May 1937) is known for his highly contextual buildings which nonetheless remain committed to modernist stylings. His designs are regularly credited as achieving the elusive quality of "timelessness"; as critic Robert Campbell wrote in his essay about Moneo for the Pritzker Prize, "a Moneo building creates an awareness of time by remembering its antecedents. It then layers this memory against its mission in the contemporary world."

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Germina Foundation / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

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Cuatrecasas Lawyers Headquarters / GCA Architectes

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Puig Tower / Rafael Moneo + Antonio Puig, Josep Riu GCA Architects + Lucho Marcial

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Mercat Encants / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

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Indra Corporate Building / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos + R&AS

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  • Architects: R&AS, b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos: Fermín Vázquez (b720 Arquitectos) + Carlos Rubio, Enrique Álvarez-Sala (R&AS)
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  10
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2006