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“The great transformer of Barcelona” architect Oriol Bohigas dies aged 95

December 8, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Spanish architect Oriol Bohigas

Oriol Bohigas, the Catalan architect behind the modernisation of Barcelona, has died at the age of 95. Bohigas, who had Parkinson’s disease for a number of years before his death, passed away on 30 November 2021. An architect and urban planner who co-founded the firm MBM Arquitectes, he was best known for his work transforming

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Kengo Kuma designs sculptural metal-mesh curtain for Gaud铆’s Casa Battl贸

August 3, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
A stairwell inside Casa Battl贸

Kengo Kuma and Associates has used 164,000 metres of aluminium chains to create this curtain that references the organic forms found inside Barcelona’s renovated Casa Battl贸. The intervention by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s studio is part of an extensive renovation of the house designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaud铆 in 1904. Casa Battl贸

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Kengo Kuma designs sculptural metal-mesh curtain for Gaud铆’s Casa Battl贸

August 3, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
A stairwell inside Casa Battl贸

Kengo Kuma and Associates has used 164,000 metres of aluminium chains to create this curtain that references the organic forms found inside Barcelona’s renovated Casa Battl贸. The intervention by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s studio is part of an extensive renovation of the house designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaud铆 in 1904. Casa Battl贸

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Five notable projects by emerging Spanish architecture collective Lacol

April 8, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
La Comunal workspaces in Barcelona

From a converted ship-sail factory to a housing cooperative built from cross-laminated timber, here’s a look at five significant projects by the emerging architecture collective Lacol. The 14-strong group of Spanish architects (above) came together as students in Barcelona in 2009 and today operate as an architecture cooperative that strives for social and environmental justice

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Assorted bricks give texture to facade of Camp del Ferro sports centre in Barcelona

January 23, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Brick facade of Camp del Ferro sports centre in Barcelona

A mix of solid and perforated bricks creates rich patterns in the facade of this Barcelona sports centre, completed by three collaborating architecture studios. Albert Salazar Junyent and Joan Carles Navarro of AIA, Antoni Barcel贸 and B谩rbara Balanz贸 of Barcel贸-Balanz贸 Arquitectes, and Gustau Gili Galfetti all teamed up on the design of Camp del Ferro.

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Barcelona to convert a third of central streets into car-free green spaces

November 19, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
Aerial view of Barcelona's grid-like Eixample district

Barcelona’s city council has announced its plans to transform one in three streets in its central Eixample district into green, car-free public spaces to tackle air pollution. Under the scheme, 21 streets and 21 road junctions will be converted into small parks and public squares 鈥 creating 33.4 hectares of land “where the pedestrian and

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ON-A proposes covering Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium with Nou Parc

August 26, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Nou Parc park at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona by ON-A Architecture

Barcelona studio ON-A has envisioned a 26-hectare park in the city that would rise up to cover FC Barcelona football stadium to the west. Named Nou Parc, as a direct reference to the Nou Camp stadium’s name, the forested park would cover the venue along with the surrounding car parks and other smaller sports venues.

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Mas-aqui uses multiple levels to open up Yurikago House in Barcelona

June 30, 2020 India Block 0

Architecture studio Mas-aqui has transformed an apartment in Barcelona into a multi-level home lined with wood and ceramic tiles. Mas-aqui renovated the semi-basement apartment near Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell, using half levels to create more space on the upper storey and creating a new internal staircase to connect to a previously unused lower level. The

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Mas-aqui gives 1910s house in Barcelona a minimalist update

June 11, 2020 India Block 0
Akari House by Mas-aqui

Architecture studio Mas-aqui has renovated a 20th-century apartment in the mountains above Barcelona, creating a light-filled home. Called Akari House, a Japanese term for light, the home is now lit by a large skylight built into the roof terrace. Mas-aqui’s clients bought the property, which dates from the 1910s, in a state of disrepair, having

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Jagged MDF creates entire walls of storage for El Guateque apartments in Barcelona

May 4, 2020 Amy Frearson 0
El Guateque apartments by Adrià Escolano and David Steegmann with MDF storage walls

Kitchens, bathrooms and storage spaces are slotted behind an MDF “scenography” in these apartments designed by architects Adrià Escolano and David Steegmann. Escolano and Steegmann created the two El Guateque apartments by converting a 160-square-metre self-build house from the 1950s. A refurbishment had previously been attempted in 2007, but was abandoned due to the financial

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