Barcelona is a dynamic city and well-known for its architecture, both modern and historical. Just take a quick look at its cityscape and the diversity it offers, starting with the most famous of all, Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlo by Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona Pavilion building by Mies van der Rohe, the Agbar Tower by Jean Nouvel and Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe are just a few of the stunning architectural designs, take a visit to the city yourself and give your visual senses a feast.
Any architectural tour has to start with Antoni Gaudi, the greatest Catalan Architect there ever was. Barcelona is littered with his weird and wonderful designs and he is one of the main reasons the city attracts so many tourists. The most famous work by Gaudi in the city is the, as yet, uncompleted La Sagrada Familia basilica, and Barcelona’s most famous building. Antoni Gaudi also started the project Park Guell intending it as a place to relax for the rich and famous.
The Passeig de Gracia features 2 of Gaudi’s original designs, the colourful Casa Battlo in the Illa de la Discordia and La Pedrera with its undulating concrete and twisted iron balconies, rooftop sculptures and chimneys.
Located at the base of Spain’s tallest buildings, the Hotel Arts and the Mapfre Tower at Port Olympica is the famous Frank Gehry fish – The Golden Fish. Commissioned for the 1992 Olympics, the fish and Hotel Arts were both designed by the American Frank O. Gehry, considered to be one of the most artful and creative modern architects, contrasting space, materials and form to produce remarkable, energetic art. Some of his other works of art include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, and the Fishdance Restaurant in Kobe, Japan.
The fish sculpture is breathtakingly huge, measuring 35m x 54m. Constructed from stone, steel and glass, you can’t fail to spot it as its exterior is covered with shiny metal plates that change colour in the sun.
The Agbar Tower, inspired by Gaudí, was designed by Jean Nouvel whose form reflects the surrounding mountains of Montserrat, and resembles a rising geyser of water. Measuring 473.75 feet tall, the Tower has 38 floors, as well as 4 levels underground and is made from reinforced concrete covered with red and blue glass panels. During the evenings the Tower is brightly lit up by LED lights in more than 4,500 windows, glass blinds are motorized automatically opening and closing to regulate the temperature inside.