1. Montseny, a magical mountain near Barcelona

    masia bellver - restaurant la calma

    The Masia El Bellver is the first place visitors come across when they arrive at Pla de la Calma. Nowadays, and after a recent restoration carried out by the Diputació de Barcelona, the farmhouse serves as a restaurant and information point of the Parc Natural del Montseny, while preserving the original structure that was created in the 18th century.

    The first news about the Bellver in Tagamanent is dated 15th May 1374, when the name of Bartomeu de Bellver is mentioned. However, observing the architectural typology of the farmhouse, we can affirm that the origin of the farmhouse is much earlier and dates back to the 11th or 12th century.

    The Casa-Museu l'Agustí allows a guided tour through all its rooms, led by the eyes of the former residents, accompanied by music and ambient sounds, games of lights, smells and textures, with period furniture, an accurate scenography and audiovisuals. You can take a journey through everyday life in Montseny in the mid-19th c

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  2. Apartment building project 1964-70 in Via Augusta-Brusi-Sant Elies Barcelona

    Apartment in Via Augusta-Brusi-Sant Elies Barcelona

    An apartment building made up of three volumes that share the same structural solutions, but each volume retains its own identity. The solutions used are based on a systematisation of domestic elements such as windows, balconies, slabs, walls... all of which are rigorously thought out in such a way that each element is expressed through a different raw material. The design combines new technologies (rigid reinforced concrete structure) with traditional materials (brick, ceramic and wood). The entrance hall has been designed in many details according to this arrangement and the logic of selecting different materials.


    Antoni de Moragas i Gallissà, Francisco Riba de Salas




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  3. Casa bloc - the jewel of rationalism

    Casa bloc - the jewel of rationalism

    This complex consisted of a block of 200 duplex apartments and an open space, a library, a club, a kindergarten, a play area, shops and workshops. It was built as part of the social plan approved by the Government of Catalonia. The configuration of the block allows for apartments with cross-ventilation and views on both sides. The flat roofs are used as traffic-baring terraces. The vertical circulation cores are situated at the corners, reinforcing the image of a continuous block and keeping noise away from people’s homes. This project is an alternative to the closed block found in the Eixample. Following this experiment, the GATPAC was to try the same approach in other projects. It is also the first successful attempt to fully embrace Le Corbusier’s precepts for immeubles-villas.


    Josep Lluís Sert / Josep Torres i Clavé / Joan Baptista Subirana



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  4. Federico Correa, the architect who helped 'forge' modern Barcelona

    Montjuic olympic ring designed by alfons mila, carles buxade and joan margarit 1989

    He died at the age of 96 and, together with Alfonso Mila, was responsible for symbolic works in the capital such as the Olympic Ring in Montjuïc and the restaurants Il Giardinetto and Flash-Flash. He was an architect whose work was closely linked to the evolution of the place and the image it creates. The cosmopolitan and progressive Barcelona that, from the 1960s onwards, began to conquer spaces of freedom in the midst of the stifling cultural climate of Franco's regime and which finally appeared before the world with the 1992 Olympic Games, cannot be understood without understanding the fundamental contribution of Federico Correa, who died on 19 October at the age of 96 at his home in Barcelona.

    Tortillería Flash (1970)

    Tortillería Flash (1

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  5. The Barcelona that Le Corbusier envisioned

    The Barcelona that le Corbusier envisioned

    The Barcelona that Le Corbusier envisioned is an interesting proposal known as the "Plan Macià". This Swiss genius, who became a naturalised French citizen, carried out the project together with Pierre Jeanneret and the historic Group of Catalan Architects and Technicians for the Realisation of Contemporary Architecture (Gatcpac).

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  6. Pablo Picasso's close relationship with Barcelona

    Pablo Picasso and Barcelona

    The landscape painting genre gained great momentum from the mid-19th century onwards. Picasso experienced a flourishing in Málaga alongside his father, with the arrival of painters from the Valencian school, trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Carlos

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