Change of plans! I’m taking you to see the recently opened Filmoteca building today, and will save the restaurant for next week. Hope you don’t mind? Here we go, off to Plaça Salvador Seguí in the heart of el Raval, in an area known for its abundance of pickpockets and prostitutes. But don’t worry, if you’re alert and keep an eye on your belongings, you should be ok!
An imposing structure of concrete, glass and metal with various patinas, the new Filmoteca de Catalunya has been built in the middle of this somewhat dodgy area of el Raval as a way to revive and clean up this part of Barcelona, just like other cultural centers and museums, such as the Macba and CCCB, have done in the past years.
The building presents some interesting features: the Catalan colours red and yellow applied to the glass used for both sides of the main entrance, and the paving used in the lobby, which is the same as that used on the outside on the square, thus combining pride in all things Catalan and the integration of the outside with the inside.
The lobby area is completely see through from the side street towards the square and vice versa, and thanks to its coloured glass gives everything a sunny yellow, or warm red glow.
Metal elements in various patinas – silver, brown, rusty red – have been used in some parts of the building, mostly on the side facing Carrer Sant Pau but also for the mesh used to cover the windows of the upper floors.
The various textures of the concrete and metal cladding, the shiny reflective and colourful glass, as well as the types of paving used around the building, create interesting textures and colours, and ensure the building is easy on the eye for those who live in the surrounding buildings.
I have yet to go inside, but I have it on good authority, that the inside is surprisingly light and bright, and is well designed to suit its purposes as film theater, film archive and cultural center. I’m keeping an eye on their programme, and hope to be able to check out the inside soon.