Benchmark Urbanism & Smart City
Barcelona is nowadays one of the most active cultural centres in the world! A cosmopolitan city that attracts crowds due to its diversity. Culture, gastronomy, art, history, leisure, shopping, business, technology, urbanism, architecture… it has it all! Barcelona is a great and, at the same time, compact city. Discover with Architectours our Barcelona tours with professional guide-architects!
The architecture of Barcelona has received over the centuries various civilizations and styles, from the first Iberians, through the Romans, Visigoths, also the influence of Islam until reaching the Middle Ages where the Catalan culture and language emerged and the first Catalan art, Romanesque and Gothic, that we can still see today in buildings such as the Cathedral of Barcelona. During the Modern Age, Barcelona was influenced by the Renaissance and the Baroque from Italy and France. It is in the nineteenth century where the city reaches its maximum splendor with modernism. The 20th and 21st centuries Barcelona hosted major events that meant the construction of new contemporary works of great importance, such as the Universal Exposition of 1888 and the International Exhibition of 1929, the Olympic Games of 1992 and the Universal Forum of Cultures of 2004.
Throughout the history, great architects and urban planners such as Cerdà (ideology of the Cerdà Plan that completely transformed the urban plan of the city), Gaudí (the great master and maximum representative of Catalan modernist architecture), Domènech i Muntaner, Sert, Coderch, Miralles, Nouvel, Herzog & Demeuron, Isozaki (recently awarded with the Pritzker prize), Calatrava, Foster, Rogers and Zaha Hadid, among others, have made from Barcelona a benchmark of global architecture and urbanism. A city where all styles and trends are welcome and coexist in harmony. A city that invests in top-end technology and it is a reference in Smart Cities. We can see this reflected in the project of 22@, the Plan approved in 2000 by the Barcelona City Council that meant the transformation of the Poblenou neighborhood, turning this industrial district into an innovative one where contemporary architecture is mixed with industrial heritage. You can discover the works of these famous architects and other contemporary projects that make Barcelona a reference in the world.
Choose from one of our tours in Barcelona oriented to design, urban planning and architecture in Barcelona, or request that one of our architects prepare a customized itinerary. All our guides are professional architects, who will be happy to prepare your tailor made itinerary. From Artchitectours we can organize your private tour to Barcelona, study trip or incentive trip as well.