5 important landmarks in Barcelona
1) El Peix – Frank Gehry
This work of art by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry is an undisputed highlight of Barceloneta Beach. The gilded stainless steel strips catch the sunlight and transform it into a golden sheen, gliding over the elegant lines of this non-descript peix (fish), created in 1992.
2) L’Estel Ferit – Rebecca Horn
German artist Rebecca Horn wanted to create a memory of the ramshackle beach bars and other constructions along the beach, that were all torn down when the 1992 Summer Olympics swept through the city. Her ode: four twisted cubes, rising about 10 metres, looking fragile and solid at the same time.
3) Torre Agbar
This 38-storey skyscraper was designed by Jean Nouvel and built between 1999 and 2004. The tower redefined the entire district around it and thanks to its nightly illumination quickly became a Barcelona landmark.
4) Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
The German pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was originally created for the 1929 World Fair. It was so stunning in its Zen-like minimalism that the city soon realised it had made a mistake by tearing it down. So in the 1980s, it was rebuilt, using the original plans and pictures. Try to visit it in the morning: the relative calm on Montjuïc hill and the morning light will make for a lasting memory.
5) Telecommunication Tower - Santiago Calatrava
The Telecommunication Tower on Montjuïc was created by the controversial Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. It looks like an object from a sciencefiction movie, and yet if you look closely, you can see it’s an athlete holding the Olympic Flame. The tower was built for Telefónica to transmit television coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Buy this book
The 500 Hidden Secrets of Barcelona reveals off-the-beaten-track places and interesting details for anyone who's keen to explore Barcelona's best-kept secrets.
Already a member? Log in.
New here? Sign up.