Barcelona’s history is written in its buildings. Some of these buildings that shape the landscape and history of the City are open to the public regularly but many others belong to private owners and they can only be visited in special occasions. 48H Open House Barcelona Festival is one of these rare occasions and it will take place next October 22 and 23.
Barcelona is a city founded by the Romans, presided by its majestic gothic churches and well preserved civil medieval buildings and a city which landscape was designed at the beginning of the XX Century, with the flourishing of New Wave architecture and redesigned at the end of the Century as a modern city of its times. 48H Open House Barcelona offers guided visits for free to buildings from the different periods and gives an excellent opportunity to sneak in houses, factories, public buildings and more and to see and learn about architecture of all times. 48H Open House Barcelona program includes the visit to more than 100 buildings. Even if you didn’t sleep in those 48 hours you wouldn’t have time to visit them all. That’s why we provide you below these lines a short selection of what you can see.
Roman Domus: in Barcelona History Museum, you can visit the remains of a Roman home and learn the social uses of the different rooms. The floor and some decorations are very well preserved.
Casa Sayrach: a modernist building in the Diagonal Avenue. It is a building of apartments owned by members of Sayrach family, a rich family from the beginning of the century. The building dates from 1915 and you can visit the hall, decorated with all the elements of New Age style with references to nature and the family that commissioned the house.
Private apartment in Eixample: a typical apartment from Barcelona, with mosaic floors and high ceilings, has been refurbished in a modern style preserving the original structure and elements.
Sant Pau Hospital: a landmark of Barcelona’s modernisme architecturem, it combines the preservation of the old building with the modern facilities of a XXI Century hospital.
Magic Fountain: you can visit the entrails of this installation that dates back to 1929 and still preserves its original structures.
Firefighters’ Station: a piece of architecture that combines the functionality of the building with the integration into the urban landscape. Also a rare opportunity to sneak in a firefighters’ station.
Estrella Damm Factory: the old beer factory has undergone an architectural intervention to preserve the structure and primary elements of the hundred year old brewery and provide new uses to the building.
FC Barcelona facilities: visit the offices and sports facilities of one of the biggest football clubs in the world.
These are our picks, but check the whole program on 48H Open House BCN.