Barcelona is an endless architectural showcase. The entire city, down to the most insignificant corner, makes up a 2,000-year-old blueprint of architectural problems and solutions. The history of Barcelona is seen in every little tile: from the modernism of the affluent bourgeoisie to the barracks of Carmel, from the niches of the working class to the grandiose infrastructure. Even the though the city has a very Catalan tendency of covering up the cracks in the concrete, Barcelona has always gone against the current to rethink and reform the city using integrative planning and the help of the GATCPAC, a group of Catalan artists for the progress of contemporary architecture. We wanted to take a look at the smaller buildings that have undergone revolutionary changes, so we talked to young architects (Carles Enrich, David Bravo and the group MAIO) who came up with 10 intelligent renovations that have made the city a better place.
They're not the city's most famous or showy buildings, and they haven't been christened by rock stars - they're simply examples of rethinking spaces, interesting adaptations and new uses for old factories. Recycling and conserving memorial architecture is becoming a worldwide trend, but for years there has been an aversion to improving local architecture. We take a look at the many classical buildings that often go unnoticed, highlight the big, public works of architecture that look to reinvent themselves, and discover the utopian projects designed by those who dreamed of the future. Ultimately, these are 10 buildings from the architectural history of Barcelona that didn't make it to the front of a postcard.