I just got back from Barcelona (which was my 4th trip just this year) and by now I accumulated thousand of photos form this beautiful city. I will keep posting images here little by little, but this specific post I decided to dedicate to three buildings that I found impressive. If you are into photography or architectural photography specifically, it's absolutely worth checking out these 3 locations if you are in Barcelona and wondering what to do.
Previous photos from Barcelona that I posted this year can be found here:
Parc Esportiu de Cornellà
The outdoor pool at Parc de Llobregat designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza is actually in Cornellà which is about half an hour from Barcelona, but it's more than worth the journey. When I was there in August first I got a little disappointed that the pool was closed for renovation, but then I quickly realized how lucky I am to get a chance to take photos of it with nobody around.
The pool has two two parts — an outdoor oval shape that is surrounded by grass where you can hang out and enjoy the sun and a connected indoor part for some serious swimming. The indoor part is what is astonishing here. It is covered by a huge “dome” with multiple rounded windows to allow the sunlight come through the roof creating this alien-like ship shape.
The Walden 7 is an apartment building designed by Ricardo Bofill and located in the town of Sant Just Desvern, close to Barcelona. The original project included 446 residences, not sure how many there are now. And the name of the building is inspired by B. F. Skinner's science-fiction novel, Walden Two, which depicts a utopian community.
Walden 7 is a project implementing some of Ricardo Bofill's earliest ambitions and addressing some of the problems of modern city life. The housing structure benefits from Bofill's earlier research and the idea of providing public spaces and gardens for residents to enjoy an enhanced quality of living. The building consists of a fourteen story cluster of apartments grouped around five courtyards, on top of which are two swimming pools. The entire building is designed with atypical way in which the housing block is approached. Eighteen towers, seven courtyards, a modular but unsystematic grid, and extensive public space create a vertical labyrinth with no repetitiveness or uniformity.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Here's a building you can not miss when walking around Barcelona, but not many people dare to go inside. It translates as "Palace of Catalan Music" and was designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was built in record time of 3 years between 1905 and 1908. The project was financed primarily by the society, but important financial contributions also were made by Barcelona's wealthy industrialists and bourgeoisie.
For me personally it was a whole other experience, as we had an honor to speak at this stage at Smashing Conference last week.