BARCELONA WEEKEND FOR ARCHITECTURE LOVERS
Les Glòries Square - Urban Canopy, Dels Encants new market, Barcelona Design Hub, Agbar Tower, Mediapro building, UPF Poblenou Communication Campus, Media-TIC, Can Framis - Vila Casas Foundation.
Rational urbanism & architectural extravaganza
Permanyer Passage, Torre de les Aigües Gardens, Concepció Market, Basilica of Puríssima Concepció, Casa Terrades – “Casa de les Punxes”, Palace of the Baró de Cuadras, Casa Milà – “La Pedrera”, Isle de la Discòrdia.
ARRIVAL IN BARCELONA
The remodeling of Les Glòries Square, located in the intersection of the 3 main avenues in Barceona, is based on sustainability and renaturalization concepts. Its goal is to transform the current road junction in one of the biggest green areas in the city. The 22@ Technological District is located next to this future park, an area that includes 200ha of the old Poblenou industrial zone, where the most ambitious urban transformation projects of the last decade are concentrated.
Free afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
EIXAMPLE & MODERNISM
After the demolition of the medieval city walls in the 19th century and the urbanization of the Eixample (meaning Extension) devised by the visionaire engineer Ildefons Cerdà, Barcelona entered the modern era and set the foundation of the metropoly we know today. Born to accommodate the local bourgeoisie, the new city was vertebrated around Passeig de Gràcia, which became the new central axis. The aspirations of a wealthy burgeoisie, focused in the catalan cultural autonomy, allowed a new generation of architects and exceptional artists (led by Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Lluis Domènech i Montaner) to maximize their creativity and become the key of modernism blooming in Barcelona.
Return trip home in the afternoon.