Visitors flock to Barcelona to see the flamboyant architecture by native son Antoni Gaudí and his Catalan Modernism contemporaries that transformed the city in the early 20th century. But Barcelona has experienced several other artistic building booms since then. The first was in 1929 when Mies van der Rohe brought Bauhaus to Barcelona with the construction of his Barcelona Pavilion for the World Exhibition and the contrast to the curvy lines of Catalan Modernism was striking. The next came in the years leading up to the Summer Olympics, which were held there in 1992. During that time, 10,000 apartments appeared, three new highways were constructed, and dozens of parks were designed.
While the construction hasn’t really slowed since then, the turn of the 21st century saw the transformation of historic buildings like the Santa Caterina Market and the bull-fighting ring (now a shopping mall), while recent years have brought fantastical skyscrapers like the Diagonal ZeroZero and the Torre Agbar to the skyline. Here are examples of modern architecture, outside of Gaudí’s omnipresent influence, to see out when in Barcelona.Read More