Plaça de les Glòries · Architectural Guide 01/2014


Dear architecture lovers,

Spring is a time for change and renewal. We honored the idea and decided to give our newsletter a complete makeover: As of now, we aim to provide you with useful information on Barcelona's architecture scene on a quarterly basis and keep you in the loop on our activities and those of our network partners. In our latest issue, we have visited Barcelona's Plaça de les Glòries, whose transformation and revitalization is one of the biggest urbanistic challenges our city faces today. We would like to invite you to take our virtual tour of the square and its surroundings.

Best regards,
Lorenzo Kárász on behalf of the entire GA Barcelona team



Les Glories - Farewell to the concrete flyover

At this time, hardly any other place in Barcelona illustrates the changing face of the city as much as Plaça de les Glòries does, situated in the vicinity of Jean Nouvel's Torre Agbar and the recently opened Disseny Hub Barcelona, designed by MBM Arquitectes. In February demolition work began on the massive network of elevated highways that had been erected in preparation for the city’s 1992 Olympic Games. The demolition process is expected to last until September, giving nostalgics ample time to say goodbye to the bizarre construction.


Canopia Urbana - Back to Nature

Back in 1859, Ildefons Cerdà launched his extension plan of Barcelona and situated the city center at the intersection of Barcelona's main avenues Diagonal, Gran Via and Meridiana. Over a century and a half later, it finally looks like Plaça de les Glories could be on its way to becoming the urban center Cerdà envisioned for ​​Barcelona: Architects Agence Ter & Anna Coello have won the restricted design competition aimed at redesigning the strategic square. Their project "Canòpia Urbana" focuses on sustainability and renaturation and is expected to transform the longtime transport node into a large park and bustling oasis right in the heart of the city by 2018.

The website of the Ayuntamiento de Barcelona offers extensive documentation on the winners' and all finalists' projects. This short promotional video is a good introduction to the main ideas of the winning entry.



Els Encants Nous - From old to new

As part of the redevelopment of Les Glòries, Barcelona's largest and oldest flea market was relocated from its original location to an adjacent site and has been shining in renewed splendour since last year’s reopening. The Barcelona-based architectural practice b720 designed the new market as an open platform beneath a highly visible, faceted canopy. Its mirrored ceiling reflects the city when observed from inside and the market when seen from outside, creating a continuously changing surface. It acts like a giant kaleidoscope that captures and amplifies the essence of the modern, dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis.



BruumRuum! Let there be light!

Nightfall brings the area next to the Disseny Hub Barcelona to life. An interactive light installation created by graphic designer David Torrents in collaboration with lighting design practice artec3 combines the city's noise with responsive illumination, constantly changing its intensity and color. In addition to a large number of small sensors placed at ground level, the installation features four huge, trumpet-like microphones, which invite passersby to enter into dialogue with the public space.


In addition to our well-tried Classic Tour Diagonal, that will take you to Barcelona's Plaça de les Glòries and its new iconic buildings, we are now touring the district by night.

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Els arquitectes del No-Res

"Architects of nothingness" is the name of the exhibition organized by Casa Asia that shows a selection of twelve contemporary Japanese architects whose work is based on the constructive possibilities of empty space.


Casa Asia

Until April 17, 2014

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Le Corbusier. Un atles de paisatges moderns

The exhibition offers a cross section of Le Corbusier's prolific oeuvre, encompassing his work as architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer and photographer, and reveals the way in which he observed and imagined landscapes over the course of his career.


CaixaForum Barcelona
Until May 11, 2014
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Enric Miralles amb el temps

The show starts from the premise that Catalan architect Enric Miralles used time as simply another material and brings together twelve of his projects which explore the concept of time in architecture.


Fundació Enric Miralles
Until May 31, 2014
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Motor de modernitat. Grup R. Arquitectura, art i disseny

The exhibition commemorates the ideas and works of Grup R, founded in 1951 in Barcelona by a group of architects, who reintroduced the debate and discourse of modern architecture in Spain, including Oriol Bohigas, José Antonio Coderch and Antoni de Moragas.


Museu d'Art Contemporani

Until June 24, 2014
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We look forward to seeing you on an upcoming tour. Please feel free to contact us for more information about our tour options. Of course, we are always happy to tailor our services to meet your specific needs.

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Prof. Hans Geilinger
Patricia Tamayo
Lorenzo Kárász
Josep Ferrando Bramona
Ana Fernandez
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Ulrich A. Kölle

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