Countdown to Open House Barcelona

11 October 2010

The first Open House Barcelona takes place on 16‐17 October 2010, showcasing over 150 buildings, all for free. The initiative aims to encourage locals to appreciate the value of good architecture and urbanism, enhance participation and promote dialogue between participants.

Highlights include:

  • The evocative Torre del Rei Martí at Plaça del Rei,
  • A five‐story open Reinassance gallery that in the mid‐sixteenth century was annexed to the Palace of the Viceroys, the current headquarters of the Aragon Crown archives.
  • Emblematic residences such as the Casas‐Carbó modernist house at Passeig de Gracia, 1898 work of the architect Antoni Rovira i Rabassa. This building was commissioned by the painter Ramón Casas, who established his home there and where the well‐known design store Vinçon is currently located.
  • The elliptical volumes designed by Manel Brullet and Albert de Pineda to shelter the headquarters of the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona which from 2006 chairs the coast's skyline.

The Barcelonians and those visiting the city during the weekend will have the choice from a total of 11 urban routes that allow them to access and learn about more than 150 architectural works. The number of routes has been established related to buildings exhibited, setting with the ten Barcelona boroughs (Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Gràcia, Horta‐ Guinardó, Les Corts, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu, Sant Martí, Sants‐Montjuïc and Sarrià‐Sant Gervasi) and an eleventh item, which includes buildings near the city that also deserve a visit.

At many of the sites, you will have the possibility to engage in dialogue with the project authors' architects, with the building owners or indeed the planners of the visited area. An interesting opportunity to discover and understand the features of each place, supplemented by activities and conferences. 



This experience follows the concept started in London 18 years ago, Open House London.  Barcelona will become the first Mediterranean city to introduce what will be an annual event called: 48H Open House BCN.

48H Open House Barcelona is an initiative of arquitecturareversible, a cultural organization based in Barcelona which since 2003 conceptualises and develops proposals related to dissemination, education and architecture promotion.

Arquitecturareversible is a cultural organization with more than 7 years experience. Its aim is to bring the architecture to the people who use it, as a good that surrounds them, while stimulates critical and creative points of view from knowledge. "We generate resources to explain the space/environment to people. We work from a nucleus connected to multidisciplinary teams, tailored to different targets. We develop a participatory network between all those involved in a project"





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