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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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12/10/2011

48h openhousebcn: opening doors

 

Barcelona has long been known for its varied pastiche of architectural offerings. Modernist prodigies rub shoulders with roman relics, art nouveau sidles up to poker-faced gothic basilicas – even taking a stroll through Eixample and the old quarter will guide you through a rich tapestry of design and styles.

 

This 22nd and 23rd October will see over 160 architecturally interesting buildings throw open their doors to the public for free as part of “48h Openhouse,” a world-spanning initiative whose goals are to showcase fine design in the context of each city’s architectural heritage. A concept with roots in London, Openhouse has been globally opening doors since 1992 and Barcelona joined the community at last year´s inaugural festival.

 

Architect Janice Moret, member of ArquitecturaReversible, the association that organizes the event, comments:

The 48H Open House BCN is an opportunity to learn about, in a personal way, the emblematic buildings of the city and also the more hidden ones. It is a chance to talk about the buildings we have and those we want to improve our immediate surroundings”.

 

It is an exciting opportunity to see the way locals really live in the city, be it in an office, library, private house, historical building or monastery. Some buildings operate a “free for all” policy whilst others are a little more stringent, requiring prior reservation with guide. Take a look at the openhouse website for details.

 

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