The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Barcelona: Rationalism beyond La Rambla Tour

La Fábrica, Barcelona - Ricardo Bofill (1973-75). Image courtesy of RBTA

Barcelona: Rationalism beyond La Rambla Tour

Wednesday 23 October to Saturday 26 October 2024

Start time/place:7pm/outside Hotel del Mar, Pla de Palau, 19, Barcelona 08003

Finish time/place: 5.30pm/Mies’ Barcelona Pavilion

Jonathan Duff will lead a visit to Barcelona one of the world’s great design cities. From Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion to Sert’s Miro Foundation masterpiece, we will visit significant works by local and international architects.

Wednesday 23 October – Introduction to Barcelona and pre-tour briefing.

Thursday 24 October – A walking tour of the city, beginning with the art-deco Francia railway station, then the publishing house Gustavo Gili, a pioneering 1950s building, followed by Sert’s 1930s anti-TB clinic; lunching at a 1929 art-nouveau restaurant, and finishing at the Enric Miralles Foundation and Benedetta Tagliabue’s offices (2011). The day will end with a dinner at Café de l’Arquitecte (included).

Friday 25 October – we travel by coach to the 1962 seaside Casa Gomis and thence to Ricardo Bofill’s 1970s offices in a spectacular former cement factory, La Fabrica. The afternoon’s highlight is the (reconstructed) Republic Pavilion, originally designed for the 1937 Paris exhibition by Sert, where Picasso’s Guernica and Calder’s mercury fountain first featured.

Saturday 26 October – includes the Sert-designed Joan Miró Foundation (1975) with a panoramic view over the city from Montjuic, followed by a visit to one of the most important buildings of the twentieth century, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion (1929, reconstructed 1986).

Jonathan Duff, previously organised the C20 Society’s visit to the Cote d’Azur. He has written Buildings of the Month and book reviews for C20.

Members Only £375.00

Includes: Dinner on Thursday 24 October. Walking and public transport on 24 and 26. Metro passes are included. Coach travel on 25.

Suggested Hotels all three star unless otherwise stated: Hotel del Mar (daily starting point); Park Hotel; Avinyo; Portal de l’Angel; Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona (four star); Hotel Oasis (two star); Méson Castilla Vella (two star); Arai Monument (four star); Oriente Atiram

Numbers are limited to 20

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The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

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