5 contemporary buildings that prove that Barcelona

is one of the best destinations for architecture buffs

Beatriz Vilanova

Fernanda Frazao; Rafael Vargas; Publicity; Shutterstock

Catalan and international architects have left their marks in the city as much as Gaudí and other modernists

Torre de Montjuic


This telecommunications tower was designed by Santiago Calatrava for the 1992 Olympic Games, but it draws attention to this day due to its unusual shape. A fun fact: because of its position, the tower also works as a sundial.


Fundació Joan Miró


Located in Parc de Montjuïc and designed by award-winning architect Josep Lluís Sert in 1975, this foundation is home to over 14,000 pieces created by Miró. From the top of the building with asymmetrical lines you have an incredible view of Barcelona.


MACBA: Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona


The clear, curve and straight lines of the building designed by Richard Meier in 1995 create a pleasant geometric setting, with plenty of natural light during the day thanks to the glass walls. The large plaza in front of the museum is a hangout for skateboarders and skaters.


Torre Agbar


Designed by Frenchman Jean Nouvel, this 466-foot [142 m] tall cylinder made of concrete, steel, glass and colored aluminum was inaugurated in 2004. The structure stands out in the middle of Barcelona’s historic buildings and is lit up at night.


Hotel W


Nicknamed the Hotel Vela (Sail Hotel) due to its shape, this 330-foot [100 m] tall building designed by Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill was opened in 2009. Located by the ocean and close to the Barcelona port, the hotel is home to several bars and restaurants.


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