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Arts & Culture

Modern Architecture in Barcelona

Written by Michael

Photo by Marc G.C. via Visual Hunt

When it comes to architecture, visitors to Barcelona might think that the city is mostly about Anton Gaudi. That’s not quite true. The city is home to many fabulous examples of fascinating architecture, that are not only diverse and modern, but also a treat to look at.

So, what’s out there beyond señor Gaudi?

Pavilion Mies van Der Rohe

Also famous for the Seagram building in New York City, German architect Mies van der Rohe (director of the school of Bauhaus) designed the rebuild of the Pavilion Mies van Der Rohe in 1986 – a building that has become synonymous with the basic principles of architectural modernism.

Related article: Hidden architectural gem in Barcelona

Torre Agbar

Photo via Pixabay

Torre Agbar was designed by Jean Nouvel, a French architect who was inspired by Montserrat – the Catalonian mountain range.

His creation is entirely environmentally sustainable.

Other works by Nouvel can be seen in Barcelona in the park of Poblenou and in Paris at the Arab World Institute.

Related article: Important Catalan architects

Santa Caterina Food Market

The undulating and multi-coloured roof of the Santa Caterina Mercat is unmistakeable.

The unique design is spacious and modern and was refurbished in 2005 thanks to Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue.

The incredible roof is attached to the building via wooden struts and is covered with ceramic tiles that form a huge mosaic best viewed from the air.

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About the author


Michael is a vegetarian, dog-loving, kindle-clutching, sunshine-seeking, adventure-obsessed, responsibility-dodging gypsy who has spent much of the last five years exploring Spain and parts of Europe.

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