A city opens to the sea

Up until a few years ago, Barcelona was also known as “the city with its back to the water”: shanty towns, industrial buildings and infrastructure facilities built along the coast blocked the city’s view and access to the Mediterranean. Barcelona’s opening to the sea came with the introduction of democracy in Spain and particularly as part of the 1992 Olympic Games. The construction of the Olympic Village and Harbour, the creation of an attractive pedestrianised seafront promenade and the intelligent incorporation of the city motorway have been significant steps in reclaiming the coastline, changing the face of the city dramatically and allowing for unprecedented tourism opportunities.

Project Selection

Parc de la Ciutadella | Josep Fontserè i Mestre
Casa de la Marina | José Antonio Coderch + Manuel Valls Vergés
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta | Julià Espinàs, Olga Tarrasó, Jaume Artigues, Miquel Roig + Jordi Henrich
Edifici Gas Natural – Torre Mare Nostrum | EMBT Enric Miralles + Benedetta Tagliabue
Hospital del Mar | Manuel Brullet + Albert de Pineda
Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona | Albert de Pineda, Manuel Brullet + Alfonso de Luna
Port Olímpic | MBM Arquitectes

Duration: Half-day tour

Transport: Bicycle

Service: Experienced architect as a guide, reservations

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

Max participants: 25 pax/group