Articles in ‘Architecture’

Shit architecture

July 30th, 2010
The W Barcelona hotel designed by Ricardo Bofill
This shit building with the awful name of W Barcelona has ruined the skyline of Barceloneta offering 900 euro a night beds for the rich. A boil on the face of the neighbourhood.

A more balenced view of this monstosity at the Guardian.

The American owners claim their hotel, officially the W Barcelona, is “a modernist masterpiece of avant-garde architecture” whose facade reflects “the captivating colours of the Catalonia sky”. However, elsewhere there has been less praise. The El País columnist Agustí Fancelli denounced the “scandalous privatisation” of one of the key points in the city, comparing the hotel to “an inglorious beer belly”.

Green roofs in Barcelona

June 12th, 2010

Barcelona has 3.5 hectares of green roofs in 54 of the city’s terraces and buildings which use system. Green roofs could be expanded to cover a surface area of close to 96 hectares, if all the city’s available spaces were to be used. in 2009, the city saw green roofs installed in several municipal buildings such as the Biblioteca Zona Nord (1,200 square metres) and the Fàbrica del Sol (150 square metres). More here

The Barcelona photoblogger

May 19th, 2010
Estació de França, A Train Station in  Barcelona, Spain[enlarge]

Barcelona Photoblog by Carlos Lorenzo is a consistently interesting photo site on which we accompany Carlos on his travels around his city.

Here is on The Estació de França

Estació de França is a magical place for architecture enthusiasts. As seen from La Ribera quarter on the other side of Marques De L’Argentera avenue the place looks rather dull and does not give you any clue of the beauty inside. The moment you walk under its gates the light coming through the stained glass both in the domes and walls gently falls on the polished marble floors creating this mysterious soothing church-like atmosphere quite pleasant if you are about to travel. In fact, I felt like skating across the hall in the way a child would do. The elaborate modernist and art deco motifs and especially those metal spheres hanging from a sort of ring tied to the domes are a pleasure to the eye. Although the railway station has been there since 19th century the building was rebuilt in 1929 for the International Exhibition by renown Spanish architect Pedro Muguruza who held important positions in Francisco Franco’s dictatorial government but that’s another story.

As he puts it “Barcelona pictures there are many, commented Barcelona photos there are few, so I intend to provide not just images but information about the daily life of the city and some aspects of artistic expression such as Barcelona sculpture, Barcelona architecture, Barcelona street art, Art Nouveau or Modernisme.”

Barcelona Photoblog

Rundown farmhouse in the Delta de Llobregat

March 17th, 2010

Masia Parc Agrari

Rundown farmhouse in El Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat, near Barcelona. Many, however, have been restored.

Where is Columbus pointing to?

March 4th, 2010


Not America that’s for sure. The Barcelonautes blog claims to have the answer: La Platja de Sa Calobra in Mallorca. After that it’s Algiers, the Sahara desert and the length of Africa.

Santa Maria del Mar door

April 25th, 2009


By general consensus, Santa Maria del Mar is the most beautiful of Barcelona’s churches and an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic. One of its most interesting details are the twin figures on the front doors. They show the dockworkers or porters of La Ribera, who gave up their Sundays over several decades to carry stone from the Foixarda quarry on Montjuic to help build the church.

Barcelona shacks

April 19th, 2009

Most of the shacks built by the waves of immigrants in the 20th century in Barcelona have been demolished or converted, for the better, into more formal, decent housing, but a number of examples still survive in El Carmel, Montjuic and on the edges of Collserola. Many are threatened by bulldozers, but I think the most interesting should be protected as part of the city’s heritage and because they make the edges of the parks where many of them are sited more interesting. These ones below were taken in the Parc de la Creueta del Coll, El Carmel, and show a clear influence of southern Spanish rural architecture. I love the rural air and the chaos. Photos by Mónica.

gypsy cottage



The building of the Sagrada Família

April 6th, 2009

The Sagrada Família in 1915. The first stone was placed on 19 March 1882.

Wikipedia on the Sagrada Família “The project is scheduled to be completed in 2026. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked, “My client is not in a hurry.”

Barcelona’s Agbar Tower

January 10th, 2009

By Lucy Brzoska
The Agbar Tower opened in 2005 to controversy. Many people were affronted by its sheer size (only the Mapfre tower and Hotel Arts are higher), resenting it for dwarfing the nearby Sagrada Familia, or regarding it as overly phallic or reminiscent of a missile. Others admire it for its… read rest of article

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