This itinerary can be approached to discuss how sustainability has been taking into account when developing this area of the city, from the architectural and urban planning point of view.
While we recommend walking (plus one tramway ride) for this tour, it can be also done as a chauffeured tour if you prefer.
Public Buldings & Corporations
This always controversial giant turnabout concentrates the most amazing concentration of top-class Barcelona modern architecture: the spectacular AGBAR tower by Jean Nouvel – maybe one of the most famous buildings in Barcelona, the TNC (National Theater of Catalonia) by Ricardo Bofill and the Auditori by Rafael Moneo, plus the unusually shaped DHUB and the Encants vault.
The renovation of Poblenou
This former industrial area has become the modern and contemporary architecture lab of the city. This bustling media business district combines the heritage of restored factories with high-tech new contemporary office buildings and a urban development focused in self-sustainability, as well as the integration of housing and services beside the economical activities. Discover the emerging local architects and the contemporary design c0ncept has been applied in a park by Jean Nouvel.
DIAGONAL MAR & FORUM OF CULTURES
Events that transform a city
At the end of the tour your guide can give you directions on how to get back to our hotel, or put you on a taxi, or give you suggestions for lunch.
If budget is an issue, taxis can be used but walking will be involved and we might not be able to get to the Gran Via area within 4 hours.
OLYMPIC VILLAGE, BARCELONETA
The Recovery of the Waterfront
One of the first areas in town to be known for its contemporary architecture buildings after the 1992 Olympics (stands out the Fish sculpture by Frank Gehry), later additions have been incorporated to the list such as the Gas Natural headquarters by Miralles & Tagliabue, or the trendy W Hotel.
Architecture Rock Stars
Modern and contemporary architecture mix up in this hill south of Barcelona: The 1992 Olympic facilities (Calatrava, Arata Isozaki…) connects with the area of the 1929 World Fair where you shouldn’t miss one of the fathers of contemporary architecture: Mies van der Rohe with his German Pavilion (reconstruction). Just a bit further, Richard Rogers completed the transformation of the old Las Arenas bullring into a modern shopping mall.
GRAN VIA 2
New City Facilities
The construction of the second enclosure of the trade fair facilities has enabled the transformation of a working class neighborhood into a new business district, where you’ll find contemporary architecture buildings by renowned architects such as Toyo Ito, David Chipperfield and Richard Rogers again.
At the end of the tour you’ll be dropped off back to your hotel/apartment, or the cruise pier, or a nice place for lunch.