ИССТ

Tourist information center
in Barcelona

Barcelona is the sun, sea, and centuries-old history. It is a spirit of wonders and magnificent architecture, it is a lifestyle that attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.

This is an architecture in which modern technology echoes medieval traditions, the brilliance of hi-tech – with the curves of Gaudi, who believed that God does not use straight lines. Therefore, the construction projects implemented here are subject to increased requirements: high modern standards should be combined with traditional design that does not violate the appearance of this ancient city.

One of these projects is the concept of the tourist information center, proposed by ICCT designers as part of the international competition held by the Architectural Workshop in Rome (AWR).
Participants of the competition had to design a pavilion with exhibition areas, a cafeteria or restaurant, an information point. The object was supposed to be temporarily placed in the port of Vell of Barcelona.

The old trading port of Vell was updated for the 1992 Olympics, which was held in the capital of Catalonia.

From a utilitarian destination, with ship moorings, warehouses, factory buildings and a railway station, the port became a modern space, an attraction point for tourists and residents of Barcelona. A shopping center, a cinema, bars, restaurants attract a lot of people, and a pedestrian path connects the port with the popular Rambla street.

The original swinging bridge allows ships to enter and leave the harbor without blocking pedestrian traffic for a long time.

Starting to work within the framework of the contest, ICCT designers rethought the concept of a temporary pavilion in such a popular tourist destination.
Creating the silhouette of the structure, they drew inspiration from the football symbols, Real Madrid and the local club Barcelona, for which Spain is famous.

The architectural appearance of the pavilion, located near the sea, resembles the shape of a shell, and the pearl with hexagonal faces echoes the theme of football. The pavilion has an exhibition hall, a lobby with an information center, a cafe with a kitchen and public toilets.

The Barcelona project ICCT is one of the best developments of the company, during the work on which the designers managed to combine the creation of a practical, functional object and create an architectural image that takes into account local cultural and geographical features.

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