Industrial Heritage

Recovering the collective memory

Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Barcelona has been among the major manufacturing cities of the European continent, with the Catalan textile industry being of particular importance.

The construction of the Olympic Village on a former industrial site resulted in a considerable loss of historic fabric, but also helped grow public awareness of Barcelona´s industrial heritage being a valuable asset for the safeguarding of cultural identity.

Join us to learn about Barcelona´s new approaches to industrial heritage and how the restoration and retrofitting of old industrial buildings for contemporary uses becomes a driver for sustainable development

With an increasing focus on sustainability and its complex environmental and social challenges, breathing new life into disused historical buildings plays a strategic role in architecture and urban renewal processes.

The conversion of former industrial spaces into civic centers and cultural facilities also testifies to the importance of citizen engagement in urban transformation processes, leaving no doubt that industrial heritage is expected to have a bright future.

    Who will be guiding you around Barcelona´s repurposed industrial spaces combining historical, architectural and cultural values?

    A local architect of Guiding Architects (The world’s largest network of architecture tour companies, established in 1996):

    • We deliver relevant, accurate and up-to-date information in a dynamic and entertaining way.
    • We design authentic, off-the-beaten-track experiences that strive to exceed your expectations.
    • We provide insightful reflection and inspirational views on the city that only passionate architects like us can convey.

    Selection of projects included in the tour

    Dipòsit de les Aigües | Josep Fontserè i Mestre | Lluis Clotet + Ignacio Paricio
    Fábrica Alchemika | Francesc Mitjans | Oliveras Boix Arquitectura
    Sala Beckett | Josep Masdeu | Flores i Prats Arquitectes

    Duration: Half-day tour

    Transport: Private bus

    Service: Experienced architect as a guide, reservations

    Languages: German, Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, Dutch

    Max participants: 25 pax/group