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22@ corners

2 Nov Lisette van de Graaf
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Stripes – Carrer Badajoz

While in Poble Nou recently, I not only discovered what I have shown you in previous posts, but also found that 22@ corners can be varied and very interesting.  Here, see for yourself…

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Corners upon corners – Carrer Ciutat de Granada

How many corners can you discover at this corner staircase (above)? And what do you think of this flattened, mesh-covered corner below?

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Art at 22@

30 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Fundació Vila Casas

Amid the old industrial and the new architecture of Poble Nou, there is art at 22@. On Carrer Roc Boronat 116-126, in a converted factory that was in disuse for many years, and surrounded by leafy trees, lies Can Framis, a museum dedicated to contemporary Catalan art, and which is part of the Fundació Vila Casas.

A wonderful combination of old and new, the museum was opened in 2009 and has around 300 pieces of art, dating from the 1960’s onwards, on permanent display. White-washed walls from the old factory building, with its former windows and doors closed off, and new additions in raw concrete with visible seams, create an elegant, almost bunker-like whole that is punctuated with large, reflective window panes, which mirror the lush green and new architecture that surround it.

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Media-TIC reflected

Within, a large and bright courtyard boasts a weighty sculpture and offers workers of the 22@ district a calm space to while away their lunch break while reading or sunning themselves in such beautiful and minimal surroundings. Check out the slideshow for more images…

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Bubble cube

24 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Bubble cube

One of Barcelona’s more recent architectural gems is, in my opinion at least, the bubble cube that arose in the 22@ district and which is known as the Media-TIC building. It shimmers in the sun on the corner of Carrer Sancho d’Àvila and Carrer Roc Boronat with its futuristic bubble skin comprised of inflatable compartments made of ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluor Ethylene).

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Quirky cladding

Designed by Barcelona-based architectural firm Cloud 9, it stands out from its neighbours with its quirky cladding, which provides both shade and thermal insulation.

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Casa Macaya

23 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Casa Macaya’s regal main entrance

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend a gathering of architectural bloggers for a guided tour of Casa Macaya, a modernist building on Passeig de Sant Joan 108, which has recently been restored and reopened to the public. It is a true gem of the Modernista style and was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, one of Barcelona’s great architects of that period.

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Grand in every way, even underneath

Richly adorned with detailing in materials and styles typical of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there is one in particular which I found delightful, and it is the depiction of the architect on a bicycle (below). For this is the mode of transport he chose to use while travelling between the sites of Casa Macaya and Casa Amatller (on Passeig de Gràcia) which were being constructed at the same time, and which show certain similarities.

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Cycling was the way forward… even then!

Other details include gorgeous sgraffiti, ornate carvings around windows, doorways, pillar bases and tops, and the base of the staircase that goes to the first floor, as well as wrought iron railings, balcony supports and window grilles…

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Shutters and louvres

18 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Seeing green – Carrer Pere IV

Last Monday I went to the 22@ district to have a wander among the many buildings that have popped up over the past years, and discovered that several have been covered with shutters and louvres. Here they are, enjoy!

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Fruity bunch – Carrer Roc Boronat

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Brick delights

3 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Tiered

It is a well-known fact, that buildings constructed at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries in Barcelona were embellished with a range of techniques which were popular at the time. But there are also buildings, such as the Caixa Forum building, a former factory designed by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, where the embellishments are mostly found in the way the bricks that make up the skin of the building were laid.  Here are some brick delights from said building for your visual pleasure…

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Steps

And there are more…

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Touching the sky

12 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Pointing up – Carrer Roger de Llúria

Do you ever look up and see what is touching the sky? In Barcelona that can be pretty rewarding, for on the way up you can spot some gorgeous buildings, and when you get to sky level, the view isn’t half bad either. Here, see for yourself…

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Archy gables – Carrer Viladomat

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Sacred close-ups

22 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Stained glass in (mostly) green

Ever since it was consecrated in late 2010, I’d been meaning to visit the  Sagrada Familia again to see the inside, and I finally did recently. It completely blew me away with its beauty and uniqueness, and I highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in Barcelona. Today I am sharing with you a selection of sacred close-ups to inspire you, and kick off the weekend…

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Ceiling detail

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Fancy façades

11 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Circles and arches – Plaça Margarida Xirgu

Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? I thought we’d kick off the week in style, with some fancy façades, so here goes, enjoy!

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Fairy tale house – Parc Güell

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Brick house

26 Mar copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Sant Antoni Abat

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Did you go to church by any chance? No? That’s ok, I’m not the church-going type myself, but sometimes I make an exception, for example when the church is such a beautiful one as this brick house I am showing you today. Let’s go!

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