Barcelona will be opening up to architecture this weekend of 19 & 20 October during the 48H Open House BCN. 150 buildings, 30 more than in last year’s event, will be opening up so the public can visit them for free for 48 hours in this edition.
The buildings opening up to the public, some for the first time, will include Casa Planells, designed by the architect Josep Maria Jujol and Palau de Baró de Quadras, both in Eixample, as well as Torre Girona in Les Corts, which houses the Mare Nostrum supercomputer, one of the most powerful in Europe. Notable buildings in Nou Barris include Antigues Cotxeres de Borbó and the renovated Mercat de la Guineueta. You can also visit the brand-new Design HUB building and the recently opened headquarters of the Catalan Economists Association, in Gal·la Placidia, where this edition of Open House was presented.
For all those who wish to jump the queues, the organisers this year have come up with a pre-paid preferential passport in addition to the free visit option. It comes in two forms: The ‘Day Passport‘, which allows entry to all the open buildings, Saturday or Sunday, costing 35 euros and the ‘Weekend Passport‘, which allows access throughout the weekend, costing 50 euros. A record 50.000 visitors are expected this year, 3.000 more than in the previous edition.
This year, to mark the tricentenary commemorations of the Defeat of 1714, a series of itineraries have been created for discovering the architectural imprint of the 1714 events.