This morning I went to get some extra bedding for the Cute Suite and headed to l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, an area just outside of Barcelona’s city ‘borders’ where that very convenient blue and yellow shop we all like to hate is located…
You know the one, right? Well, when I got there, I was struck by the range of buildings (offices and hotels mostly) dotted around the area, and the playful lines that have been used to make them look interesting. Some big names in architecture are to ‘blame’ for the striking result!
These aqua triplets have different shades of green window and shutter panes, which in itself is interesting. But also a seemingly haphazard distribution of darker, horizontal stripes. The fact that there are three identical buildings alongside each other, strengthens the effect.
The black building across the street from ‘the triplets’ has very sharp vertical lines, and incredibly dark glass. I’m not sure it would comply with Feng Shui standards, but I find it interesting and rather impressive.
I really like these two buildings. Their use of red is simply delightful. It is not often you see a high rise building in red, let alone two in such close proximity! The stripes on the above one are almost dizzying, and the sinuous red inserted into the very stark grey horizontal lines of the building below kind of make it look sexy, don’t you think? Both buildings were designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito.
Very impressive, the 4 huge flat roof structures of this petrol station, juxtaposed slightly over one another, and each in a different colour – although due to the dark cloud cover of this morning you can’t really appreciate that on the photo.
But my favourite, because it is so cute, and reminds me of watching The Flintstones as a child, is this building (above and below) which would not look out of place in Bedrock. It is part of the Fira Barcelona exhibition center. I love the curvy lines and the pebble-like openings in the concrete slabs!
Which one of the above is your favourite?