Mirror images

14 Sep
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Passeig de Joan de Borbò

I don’t know about you, but I am always drawn to reflections for some reason. (Must be my inner magpie!) Or in any case, I always seem to spot them. With Barcelona being such a beautiful place, the reflections here can offer some stunning, or at least interesting, images, and today I have selected a few to show you…

The completely mirrored cube above, was a temporary structure to showcase the car that you can see in front of it. The setting chosen couldn’t have been a more beautiful one – La Barceloneta reflected on a couple of  sides, and Port Vell, with its profusion of masts on the others. Truly spectacular!

Below,  a cylindrical hotel in El Raval, right next to Rambla del Raval, has double layered, dark windows. Depending on the slant of the sun’s rays, they mirror what’s around it and offer some interesting views of the adjacent buildings.

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Carrer Sant Rafael

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Rambla de Caputxins

On a smaller scale, a traffic mirror and a window with mirrored glass show off what’s in front of them, the entrance to the Municipal Police on La Rambla, and the leaves of an acacia tree on Plaça del Bonsuccès.

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Plaça del Bonsuccès

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Via Laietana

Buildings mirroring each other, are a not an uncommon sight here. Just check out these two examples, which can be found on Via Laietana and on a square next to the hotel I mentioned earlier, in El Raval…

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Carrer Josep Oriol

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Carrer Egipciaques

… and these two, which can be found on the same street, Carrer Egipciaques, which links Carrer del Carme (just a couple of blocks away from the Cute Suite) and Carrer Hospital. Lovely, aren’t they?

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Carrer Egipciaques

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Avinguda del Paral·lel

Another stunning set of reflections, can be found right next to Plaça Espanya. The neo-classical trade fair building you see above, has slightly warped mirrored glass panels, and so what is visible between its columns acquires the character of funny mirrors from a fun fair. As it’s beside a busy roundabout, there is always lots to see!

My favourite example is this one, below. The stark, modern, glass panels of a hotel on the corner of Carrer Bonsuccès, reflect the gorgeous old building in front of it, and the layers of graffiti tags and adhesive stickers on the windows create a lace-like layer which (in my opinion) adds a huge amount of interest to it. What do you think? Do you like it or hate it?

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Carrer Bonsuccès

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