Brick is beautiful

9 Nov
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Old factory

Yesterday I told you I would offer you more about Caixa Fòrum… well here it is! In a series of images I’ll show you some of the main features of this striking building made of artfully laid brick. Enjoy!

If you’d like to know about the building – history, who built it, etc., please check here for information)

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Wrought iron delight

Just look at the wonderful wrought iron detailing, both on the tower and gate embellishments…

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Detailed

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Protected

… as well as the grille (above)! Such a beautiful contrast, the brick and the wrought iron, don’t you think?

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Pretty gate

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Peep holes

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Frilly tower

Glazed tile mosaics, in fabulous blue tones, add a touch of colour to this second tower, which also has wrought iron mesh protective grilles around the look out points and along the spiral staircase.

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Walk ways

Inside the perimeter  a series of corridors connects the various buildings on one level, and a handful of walk ways on the next, while a profusion of windows allows lots of light to enter the spacious former work spaces inside.

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Artful wall tops

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Awning

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Repetition

The building has a serenity about it (or at least I think so) which is created by its many repetitive elements.

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Pointy

And even on lower levels light is allowed in, thanks to zigzagging sky lights at floor level, which are surrounded by stepped bricks in yet another zigzag pattern.

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Sky light in the floor

Caixa Fòrum is a great place to visit – it is freely accessible for anyone from Tuesday to Sunday (from 10am until 8pm, and 10am until 10pm on Saturdays), so you can have a wander inside and check out the building’s brick beauty. But don’t forget to check out the (free) exhibits, which are generally of excellent quality.

At the moment, there is a beautiful exhibit on Diaghilev’s ballets Russes (link here) and another on local architect Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia (link here), who designed an impressive number of buildings around Barcelona in the late 19th and early 20th century, many of which no longer exist. Not to be missed!

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Corridor

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