Shooting modern architecture in Barcelona

Modern architecture in BarcelonaThough Barcelona’s skyline may not be exactly looks like those of Dubai, New York or Shangai, even here you will find some interesting modern architecture for your camera. If you are tired of shooting the usual worldwide famous Gaudi’s buildings or the lovely Gothic Quarter’s medieval architecture, well, don’t worry. There are also several samples of contemporary architecture to discover and enjoy in this Spanish city. In the last 20 years, several skyscrapers and buildings designed by some famous international architects changed Barcelona’s skyline for ever. Among all the existing new buildings you can see in Barcelona these are my favorite ones.

The 20-floor Gas Natural Building, designed by the architects Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, is a pure sample of high-tech architectural style. High-tech style incorporates elements of high-tech industry and technology into building design. Located along Ronda Litoral, this glassy building has an innovative and distinctive image, because its two lower horizontal glazed blocks protruding and cantilevered out from the main tower. Best moment for shooting is at sunset when the whole glassy structure nicely glows under the last sun rays.

Two more skyscrapers are located just a little further ahead: Hotel Arts, the highest building in town and also another great sample of high-tech architectural style and Torre Mapfre, named after its owner, Mapfre, a Spanish insurance company. Both skyscrapers are located at Port Olimpic.

The most iconic new buildings in Barcelona are Torre Glories and W Barcelona.

Torre Glories is the most innovative building existing in Barcelona in my opinion. Torre Glories is a 38-story skyscraper located near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes. Designed by famous French architect Jean Nouvel, this building is intended to recall the shape of a geyser rising into the air. Nouvel was inspired by Montserrat mountain located near Barcelona. The tower is made up of two concentric concrete oval cylinders which do not come in contact with each other. Best moment for shooting is after dusk when the building is all blue and red enlightened.

W Barcelona is another iconic building in town, Popularly known as the Hotel Vela (Sail Hotel) due to its shape, is a glassy building designed by Ricardo Bofill. It’s beautifully located on the sea in the Barceloneta district as natural expansion of the Port of Barcelona. Best moment for shooting at sunrise from the beach or at dusk from the brand new Nou Passeig del Trencaones sea promenade.

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) is the most innovative building in the old town. Designed by the American architect Richard Meier & Partners, the building opened in 1995. Its architectural style has strong references to Modernism. Being also a popular place for skateboarders you can mix modern architecture and sport photography in your shooting!

Next to Fira de Barcelona (Barcelona’s trade fair) you can shoot some great images of Hotel Porta Fira. This extravagant 28-storey and 113 m tall red skyscraper hotel was designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito and in 2010 won the Emporis Skyscraper Award.