08 May Discover Barcelona Architecture
How many of these Barcelona Iconic Buildings do you know?
Take this invitation to walk the city through its famous buildings. Because Barcelona is not just a pleasant way of life, it is also speaking about architectural gems.
Speaking about Barcelona is not only dreaming about sunny days and a relaxed way of life, it is also speaking about culture and architectural gems that simply show up in your way when walking around the city.
Perhaps #cityjobber you are lucky and you live around Sagrada Familia so you can see Gaudí masterpiece when going to the grocery.
Have a look at the following iconic buildings of Barcelona and think about them for your next break. As Spain eases lockdown, #cityjobbers living in Barcelona are allowed to take walks outside, and they are back to exercising as well.
Take this invitation to walk the city through its famous buildings. Bring culture and history of Barcelona closer to you with the experience of discovering the Catalan capital with your own foot and from an architect’s point of view.
The Modernism Route
It was at the the end of the XIX century and the beginning of the XX when the modernism fever explodes in Catalonia, and it is in Barcelona where it finds its peak. Some of its great figures are Lluis Domènech I Montaner, Josep Puig I Cadafalch, Elies Rogent, Ramón Casas, and of course, the globally famous Antoni Gaudí. His works have become some of the biggest tourist attractions in the city.
Barcelona offers you as a gift an incredible architectural heritage and aesthetic appeal. From Park Güell to Palau de la Música and many more less well-known buildings across the town, Catalan modernism is there for you. Yes, some of this iconic buildings might not be open for public visits yet, but colorful facades are always there, you can enjoy them from outside.
Beyond this highlights, you will meet with several designs around the beautiful street of Passeig de Gràcia (do not miss Casa Batlló and La Pedrera) and Eixample neighborhood, with plenty of luxurious modernist townhouses.
What do they have in common? A preference for asymmetrical shapes and curved lines to replicate the organic world. Nature is a source of inspiration that can be found in murals, windows and balconies with plants and animals details. Sant Pau hospital is another essential: the artful palace and its 12 pavilions will fascinate you. Stop at the gift shop for some readings about Catalan Modernism.
Our secret: Casa Vicens. Gaudi’s first house! A marvelous piece of Modernism in Gracia. Built in 1883 as a summer house for the Vicens family, it showcases his unparalleled talent. In summer, the experience includes an aperitif in the garden. Together, these buildings form the legacy of a cultural movement that is deeply rooted in Catalan history.
Contemporary Iconic Buildings
In the last decades and in particular since the ‘92 Olympic Games (the Olympic Village is a symbol of the regeneration of the urban coastline), Barcelona faces a reorientation towards the sea. The introduction of new buildings and modern facilities within the transformation of obsolete industrial zones have been the starting point of a creative transformation. Explore Barcelona’s skyline. See the works of international architecture rock stars. Walk around Glories, Poblenou, Diagonal Mar and Forum for must see buildings.
Jean Nouvel’s Agbar Tower was designed to give the impression of a geyser. This explains the shimmering colours that run through the building like water. It has three layers of ‘skin’ – one of corrugated iron, one of glass and other of windows. Herzog & de Meuron’s Forum is the great idea of be the golden boys of architecture, that also designed the Tate Modern in the UK and the Birds nest Beijing national Stadium.
The mythic telecommunications tower of Barcelona is a perfect example of Norman Foster’s high tech style. He is one of the pioneers of this concept that exposes the parts that are normally concealed, the workings of the building.
These days, Barcelona is a lab for urban planning and architectural strategies that have an intense dialogue with ecology. If you are curious about discovering the stories that fuel the city’s architecture, read on!
Architecture Walking Tour
There is an increased trend of thematic tourist activities, and experts say that after COVID-19 lockdown, people will choose highly personalized cultural experiences. For a great perspective and more insight, if you are passionate about architecture you can join a Barcelona Architecture Walk. There are several walking tours guided by architects (most of them are also professors or critics) that will be the best plan to aesthetes, literati, flâneurs, expats and locals who love familiar terrain from a different point of view.
From new names to get into emergent architecture to the huge classics as the Gothic Cathedral or Roman Walls, Barcelona has successfully blended the old and the new in a way that makes this city simply beautiful.
How many of these emblematic buildings of #Barcelona did you know? And there is much more. Barcelona is home to some of the most famous buildings in the world. The city will be waiting for you when all of this is over, and we will enjoy living in the sunshine more than ever. If you are looking for a job, check 👉barcelonajoboffers.com In fact, our Top Jobs of the week are very interesting positions over there: Enter the Sound industry with this Job in Barcelona and Fashion Customer Advisor in Barcelona. If you have native level German and you are fluent in English apply and start a career in the heart of Barcelona. International environment and multicultural teams are waiting for you to join.
Have a great weekend #cityjobbers and enjoy your #city From the new in town buildings to the original Barcelona.
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