Japanese architect Toyo To says of his Hotel Porta Fira, The project consists of two differentiated wers that engage in a subtle dialogue.
Despite the clear contrast between the buildings regarding the form, the relationship they establish is harmonious and complementary.
Buildings play a highly symbolic role as they pay tribute to the historical Venetian wers that stand at the entrance to the exhibition centre located near Plaza España in Barcelona. In 2010, the building was chosen from 300 worldwide skyscrapers by a jury made up of architectural experts from 67 countries as the winner of the Emporis Skyscraper Award and was/is applauded for its aesthetic beauty and urban integration. Puig’s Casa Amatller was forged in the course of the architect’s rose or modernista period -which included buildings like the Casa Macaya and the Casa de les Punxes, as the first to be built and be refurbished.
With Jean Nouvel’s ‘eyecatching’ Torre Agbar leading the way, the creative buzz continues into the 21st century. Located on the famous Manzana de la Discordia, Puig I Cadafalch’s Modernista Gothic romp has a Dutch air about it. How things have changed! Whenever creating what survives to this day as the most extensive Gothic old city centres in Europe, prior to this extraordinary movement, Barcelona’s last such building boom had come at the height of the Middle Ages. Modernisme was rediscovered and appreciated anew for the burst of joyous creativity its architects brought to construction in Barcelona from the late 1800s to the 1920s, since the 1992 Olympic Games. Besides, the structure ok only eight months to build thanks to a workforce of 450 who worked three shifts a day and seven days a week to complete the build, it stands 360 feet tall. Seriously. Home to Telefónica, A, a Spanish broadband and telecommunications provider, Diagonal ZeroZero is a testament to imagination and proficiency. How odd, hereafter, that the many weird and wonderful buildings that attract planeloads of urists to Barcelona any day barely raised an eyebrow until the 1990s.
While Modernista masterpieces set cameras a clicking throughout the city, ciutat Vella bristles with Gothic mansions, powerfully graceful churches and buildings of state. Barcelona is fairly festooned with buildings to ogle. While living organism -a blob infecting the visitors with ideas, the entrance to the gallery and a part of the façade could be adapted and converted into a greenish. While embracing it and redefining it, the exhibition will showcase Kowalski’s most renowned, the most controversial and the most suggestive designs, that will literally elevate in the exhibition space. Yes, that’s right! In 2012, Kowalski won the first award in the Archiworld Academy competition for young architects and architecture students. For example, the winner of the International Design Award. For his diploma project titled Let’s talk about garbage, devoted to the big issue of slums in Mumbai, Kowalski was the first Pole to receive the prestigious Archiprix International Hunter Douglas Award for top-notch 2009-2011 architectural diploma worldwide.
He received honorable distinction in the competition for a concept for the Narutowicza Square in Warsaw and won the 2014 Maciej Nowicki Award.
In 2010, on his fourth year at University, Kowalski founded his own architecture office -UGO Architecture, that has been developing to this day.
Hugon Kowalski -architect, had been working as an adjunct at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design of the University of Fine Arts in Poznań. ‘noone’ gave a fig for La Pedrera, his gracefully curvaceous piece of whimsy on Passeig de Gràcia. Now look, the bulk of its Modernista buildings lay buried under decades of grime, neglected by locals and unknown to outsiders. Gaudí was vaguely known for his unfinished cathedral, La Sagrada Família. It is Barcelona was ignored, as seaside urism ok off in Spain from the 1960s. Actually, distinct due in large part to its triangular shape which fills in the negative space formed by Avenue Diagonal, Rambla de Prim, and the Ronda Litoral, the structure itself features auditorium seating for 3200 people while the exhibition hall covers nearly 5000 square meters.
Designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the Museu Blau de les Ciències Naturals is another relative newcomer to the Barcelona skyline.
Inevitably, that project never was fully developed and abandoned for a more playful and public exhibition of Gaudi’s tastes which register like a playground for the mind -complete with gingerbread gatehouses, ceramic dragons, and a ‘worldfamous’ serpentine bench.
By the way, the intentions were to create a whimsical garden city that will be home to 60 villas. Actually the founder of the Architecture Snob and the founder of the Furheart Gallery, an independent space for testing the borders of architecture. Now, a correspondent for Domus Magazine. Generally, marcin Szczelina -architecture critic and curator. Besides, the author of numerous texts devoted to contemporary architecture.
Expert of European Mies van der Rohe Award. For instance, gether with the aforementioned Casa Battló as well as Casa LleóMorera, Josep Puig’s Casa Amatller makes up the legendary Illa de la Discòrdia which got its name being that the three structures were built in sharply contrasting styles.