The charm of Barcelona is that its beauty is not limited to a specific circuit of buildings and monuments that appear in the tourist guides: to the Gaudi buildings, temples and cathedrals, mountains, parks and gardens that you can seeon postcards of the city, we have to add the real gems that pop up in our way and deserve to be the focus of flashes and filled with tourists in front of their facades. These are the unique buildings of Barcelona that do not appear in the tourist guides: those buildings , which make necessary some apartments for rent in Barcelona for weekends, weeks or, why not, months.
The legacy of the Exhibitionsin the first half of the century
Barcelona hosted the International Exhibitionin 1929 in Montjuïc, and among all the beautiful buildings so ephemeral, the German Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe may be highlighted for its uniqueness. As a symbolic work of the Modern Movement, it has been exhaustively studied and interpreted while it has inspired the work of several generations of architects, and for these reasons it was decided in the eighties to raise a faithful reproduction on the same location, where nowadays is cornered but admired by thousands of tourists and, especially, by architecture studentswho do not hesitate to keep it as a reference.
Other potential attraction for tourists is the faithful reproduction of the Spain Pavilion in the vicinity of La Valld’Hebron, in the district of Horta-Guinardó. An architectural ingenious who had the great pleasure of serving complaint with the atrocities of fascism and where in the beginning was the iconic Guernica by Picasso.
Bofill’s utopia in the surroundings
The architect Ricardo Bofillhas always stand for defying forms and givinghisbuildings a strong personality that are close to science fiction. Therefore, it is worth going out of the modernist route of Barcelona and “in a beat of Tram” move us to the nearby Sant Just Desvern, where in the Industry Avenuewe can enjoy two semi-unknowjewels for tourists but which constitute the local pride: the Walden 7 and Bofill’s house and workshop.
The first is a mammoth residential building that was conceived and raised as a true vertical city, where its labyrinth corridors play with impossible shapes and simulate a swarm where self-management is possible. The second was the home and studio of the famous architect, it is the remains of an old cement tanks converted into a habitable place, where the recycling mills are now living structures that have changed the industrial grayish to thecolourfulgreen of the vegetation.
Lesseps: Barcelona charm in a square
Withinthe various forms whichare required to access the ParcGüell, there is one that takes us to the maximum essence of Barcelona, and is none other than the Lesseps Square.
In this square we find a sum of buildings that collect centuries of history in Barcelona: the Church of Our Lady of Grace and San José (XVI-XVII centuries), the Ramos houses, jewel of modernism of the early twentieth century, the JaumeFuster library (2006), theprideof the most contemporary Barcelona and several buildings of classic cut that coexist with other functionalist creating a mixedlandscape with a mix of cultureand an architectural cohesion.
If these ingredients were not enough, the square includes a recent intervention entitled “Suez Canal”, whosespouts, waterfalls, stands simulating bows and sterns and other ingredients of authentic architectural folly, simulate a seascape.