Barcelona Architecture Week - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Barcelona Architecture Week

Architecture Week 2021

The Barcelona City Council, the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, in collaboration with Barcelona Building Construmat and ArquinFAD, promote the Barcelona Architecture Week 2021, a shared initiative that will take place 6 to 16 May in a hybrid edition, on-site and on line.

For ten days the Barcelona Architecture Week will offer a wide range of activities related with the world of architecture and the city. Beyond the physical, disciplinary and territorial boundaries, the event returns with the will of stimulating reflection on the built environment of cities and their value through the dissemination of architectural activity, knowledge, experience and debate.

Barcelona has in its urban architecture a daily heritage of undoubted value. The architecture is the base of the physical space in that it develops the life of the Barcelonans. Thus, the Barcelona Architecture Week wants to serve to reinforce this essential bond between architecture and citizenship.

This year, the Barcelona Architecture Week invites things to happen in a hybrid format, on site – if permitted by the Covid-19 restrictions in effect at the time of the celebration– and by radio, TV, social media and Internet. It’s about re-imagining together what conforms the city: from the small scale of rediscovered domesticity to the large scale of public space and the challenges of the future that arise.

Architecture Week 2020

Are you ready to begin the Architecture Week from home? This year this shared initiative promoted by Ajuntament de Barcelona, Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya and Fundació Mies van der Rohe, in collaboration with Barcelona Building Construmat and Arquinfad offers you more than a hundred activities designed with and for all of you. You can see them all on the Architecture Weekwebsite.

Here are the proposals we make from Fundació Mies van der Rohe:

In resonance with the guest space of the Architecture Week that this year is the coast of Barcelona we propose the exhibition Architectures on the waterfront in digital format, as well as the recording of the round table that presented the physical version of the exhibition, organized together with Arquitectes x l’Arquitectura in the Museu Marítim of Barcelona, ​​and with ‘Ideas on the waterfront‘, pecha kucha of the proposals on the future of this area organized with Barcelona Regional. The exhibition is conceived as a contribution, from the archives of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, to the public debate on the challenges of European architecture and urbanism. In the same framework of the EU Mies Award on May 14 we will make all the final projects nominated in the current edition of the Young Talent Architecture Award public. Congratulations to the young talents!

Also to contribute to the debate, on the communication challenges of contemporary architecture in this case, we invite media from all over Europe and those interested in the ways in which knowledge about architecture is spread and disseminated in the second edition of Architecture and the Media, this year with a special emphasis on audiovisual media.

During these days we do not forget the intervention Re-enactment: the work of Lilly Reich occupies the Barcelona Pavilion (which awaits in the Pavilion and you will be able to visit as soon as we reopen): you can enjoy new material recorded during the presentation of the intervention or purposey produced by its author, Laura Martínez de Guereñu. If you are interested in our program of artistic interventions, we will provide you with the presentation of Anna and Eugeni Bach of their intervention in the Pavilion “Mies Missing Materiality” and the conference of the architect and artist Ben Weir on his intervention at Casa Vilaró by Sixte Illescas within the framework of the European program Artists in Architecture.

Throughout the Architecture Week you can enjoy discounts and participate in the raffle for a set of architecture books or win one of the prizes if you are willing to share an illustration or plan of yours and participate in the drawing contest of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion (also open to drawings by young people and children) or your sketch of any of the works of the EU Mies Award. Go ahead, check the ones that are closest to you with the App and take a look at them as soon as you can get there.

Make your own version of the Architecture Week! Take part and help share it on social media with #setmanaArquitectura.

Architecture Week 2019

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Architects’ Association (COAC) have joined forces with Barcelona Building Construmat and ArquinFAD, to launch Architecture Week 2019, a joint initiative that will be taking place at several venues across the city of Barcelona from 9 to 19 May.

During those days, Barcelona will become the centre of a wide range of activities relating to the world of architecture and the city, beyond disciplinary and territorial boundaries. On the hundred-year anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus school of design and architecture, this year’s edition will emphasise the legacy of a variety of early 20th century architectural movements to stimulate reflection on the built environments of cities and their value, by disseminating architectural activities, knowledge, experience and discussion.

With participation from public institutions and local residents, an extensive programme of events has been put together, featuring film and architectural activities, talks, tours, competitions and hubs in all the city’s districts.

Barcelona undoubtedly has a heritage of undeniable value in its everyday urban architecture. Architecture is the basis of the physical space where Barcelona’s residents live their lives. Architecture Week therefore aims to strengthen this essential bond between architecture and the public.

This year is the centenary of the BAUHAUS design and architecture school (1919-1933). Founded in 1919 in the Weimar Republic (Germany) by Walter Gropius, one of the basic principles of this school was the idea of overcoming the divide between fine arts and crafts, as had already been attempted in Art Noveau, Arts & Crafts and Modernisme, at the end of the 19th century. The main difference with regard to those movements was that BAUHAUS accepted new industrial production techniques that made it possible to democratise design, moving from the manual work of craftsmen to mass production.

Guest locations for Architecture Week 2019, the Bauhaus Centenary Edition:

On the occasion of the BAUHAUS centenary, this year’s edition of Architecture Week aims to focus on the legacy of this school and the influence of various avant-garde artistic and design movements which, at the beginning of the 20th century gradually permeated architecture, also in Barcelona.

For this reason, Architecture Week 2019 has selected 10 locations, one in each city district, that illustrate the varying influence of rational language, which abandons ornamentation, seeking geometric simplicity and the standardisation of construction features, using functionalism, social hygiene and spatial efficiency to justify their decisions.

These 10 featured locations form a time line that connects the first productions in the 1930s with houses that are reminiscent of a vessel or prototypes that attempt to solve the problem of workers’ housing. The return of rationalism in the 1950s can be recognised in the Zona Universitària buildings and in industrial constructions such as the SEAT installations. There are also examples that show the consequences of the excessive simplification of functionalism’s ideas, seen in the housing estates of the 1960s.

Anti-tuberculosis Dispensary (1934-38)

Ferran Soldevila Gardens (1934)
Artur Rigol i Riba

SEAT dining rooms (1954-56)
César Ortiz-Echagüe

LES CORTS – Zona Universitària
Faculty of Law – Pedro López Iñigo, Guillermo Giraldez Dávila i Xavier Subias Fages (1958)
Escola d’Alts Estudis Mercantils – Javier Carvajal Ferrer i Rafael García de Castro Peña (1954-61)
Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences – Pedro López Íñigo, Guillermo Giráldez Dávila i Xavier Subias Fages (1962-66)
Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers – Robert Terradas (1959-64)

Radio Barcelona Station (1929)
Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí

Casa Francesc Vilaró (1930)
Sixte Illescas

Pavilion of the Republic (1937)
Josep Lluís Sert – Luís Lacasa

Cases Barates in Can Peguera (1930)

Casa Bloc (1932-36)

Housing estates in El Besòs (1959-66)

Presentation of Architecture Week 2021 program

06-05-2021 > 06-06-2021
The MIES Project. Architectural Portraits, Arina Dähnick

6-5-2021, 18:00 CEST
“The Mies Project” inaugural conference with Arina Dähnick and Michelangelo Sabatino

7-5-2021 2021, 10:30-13:30 (CEST)
The New European Bauhaus – an open conversation

: 7-5-2021, 15:30
Lets draw the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

07-05-2021; 17:00h
Virtual guided visit by Guiding Architects

22-3-2020 < 6-6-2020
Mutual inspiration. A double experience!

07-05-2021, 18:00 – 20:30
Time recovered – Presentation of the practical workshop Architecture and Cinema

10-5-2021, 17:00h
Visit-concert at the ESMUC (Auditorium building of Rafael Moneo)

11-05-2021, 19:00h
Presentation of “Cháchara” by Moisés Puente

12-5-2021, 17:00
Architecture for the Future: Landscapes of Care – Day 1

6-5-2021 < 16-5-2021
Giveaway “Architecture bookshops”

13-5-2021, 18:30
Presentation of Geometric Taxonomy by Ignacio Paricio

14-5-2021, 18:00h (Pavilion) 18:35 (streaming) CEST Architecture for the future: Landscapes of care – Day 2: Screening of “Two Houses” and debate

15-05-2021 18:00 – 22:00
Museum Night at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

BARQ Festival – International Architecture Film Festival Barcelona


Exhibition Architectures on the waterfront in digital format

Opening conference and round table of Architectures on the Waterfront

Ideas on the waterfront

Presentation of the projects nominated for the Young Talent Architecture Award

Architecture and the Media

Re-enactment, new permanent material

Mies Missing Materiality, new permanent material

Conference by Ben Weir, Artists in Architecture

Discounts and raffle from the architectural bookstores

Drawing contest of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, also open to drawings by young people and children

Drawing contest of works nominated for the EU Mies Award