Today we would like to talk about exceptional architecture; that’s right, a well deserved second part we’ve owed you for a while: Exceptional architecture. Follow us and let’s take a journey through buildings of Barcelona that won’t leave you indifferent!
1. ROYAL ACADEMY OF MEDICINE (VENTURA RODRÍGUEZ, 1761) – RAVAL
Prepare to be surprised by the anatomy amphitheater of the Royal Academy of Medicine. Just by entering the room you may imagine the 17th century doctors making decisions on life or death. This architectonic gem by Ventura Rodríguez played a relevant role for decades in Barcelona’s surgeons’ development. Nowadays it remains exactly as it used to be and holds opera concerts.
This particular building is with no doubts worth a visit, not only if you are a medicine fan, but also if you are keen on getting to know shocking details… It is said that the marble stone with the wastepipe for the viscera will make your blood run cold…
Where? 47, Carme Street (Raval)
2. BARCELONETA RESIDENTIAL BUILDING (JOSEP ANTONI CODERCH, 1954) – BARCELONETA
You have probably seen them, but you might not know the story behind them. Don’t worry, here are to solve that. In the 50s, fed up with the uniformity of rationalist architecture, (LINK) architects like Josep Antoni Coderch went a step further, making up with tradition and incorporating the novelties in the architecture of Barcelona.
Let us introduce you to a residential building that combines forwardness (irregular floor plan, façades with folds and with no holes) without sacrificing the neighborhood elements, such as marina style windows.
As a point of curiosity: Pepe Rubianes lived in this residential building for many years.
Where? 43, Paseo Joan de Borbó (Barceloneta)
3. THE FACTORY (RICARDO BOFILL, 1973-1975) – SANT JUST DESVERN
If you have some more time and you are fond of architecture, we recommend you to take this short trip to Sant Just D’esvern.
You will have the chance to visit the old cement factory created by Ricardo Bofill. A gem proyect that allowed the bizarre architect to make his double vital dream real: to build the Walden 7, the iconic and monumental vertical district, and at the same time, to turn the factory warehouse into his house-workshop. The outcome is a building worth being part of a science-fiction movie. You better see by yourself!
Where? 14, Industria Ave.(Sant Just Desvern)
4. 55, CARME STREET (JOSEP LLINÀS, 1992-1995) – RAVAL
Ciutat Vella (Old Town) and new construction sound opposite. And it is in fact pretty complicated to build something new, due to the labyrinth of streets and the difficult fit with the surrounding buildings. However Josep Llinàs made it, the proof is in the pudding! A residential building with creative solutions to fill the houses with the most precious thing in the neighborhood: daylight.
We love architecture, as you know, so we have a dedicated category in our blog . There, you may discover further greatness of our beloved city of Barcelona.
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