Barcelona opens the door to its most unique buildings and spaces

Architecture. The book “345 ways of living (in) Barcelona”, published by the Barcelona City Council, shows what it is like to live in the city today using the buildings showcased in the 48h Open House Barcelona Festival.

Have you heard of 48h Open House Barcelona? Whether you have heard of it or not, joined in or not, this book opens the door to 345 buildings and urban spaces in Barcelona for you to visit and enjoy. It's time to delve into the rich, picturesque, urban architecture of the city. Photographs of spaces and buildings that will have a great impact on you as they have done for more than 250,000 people who have visited the festival over the course of its previous six editions.

Participation from partners, volunteers and the general public has been high demonstrating on one hand, the willingness of citizens to be part of cultural events in the city, and on the other, their desire to actively perform a role in them.

The dialogues and team work set up between participants and in connection with Barcelona’s architecture has been the key to the launch of a book by the 48h Open House Barcelona Cultural Association, published by the Barcelona City Council in three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.

This book illustrates the embrace between city’s architecture and its people; architecture that provides spaces and citizens that live within them. This is a brand new chance to make Barcelona’s architecture visible on the cultural map, to understand the life of a city and that of the people who live there: 345 buildings where the human, social and urban landscapes coalesce: the people, the architecture and the urban planning.

The main body of the book is made up of photographs of architectural spaces classified according to their current use, these classifications help readers to understand Barcelona as it is today.

The content of the book is supplemented by experiences of the festival’s key figures (architectural experiences including 360° panoramic videos that allow readers to explore different areas); a summary of the spaces which are considered invaluable (new people, new architectural works and new urban planning works which have contributed to building the city of today), and an interpretation of the city from the point of view of Barcelona’s citizens (a poster with Instagram photos that users have shared on the network with the tag #openhousebcn).

In short, it is a multifaceted book as diverse as the city itself, which recognises the cultural value of architecture and its definition as the collective work of collaborative design processes.

A book that takes advantage of the opportunity to showcase forgotten buildings, to highlight the architectural heritage across all areas of Barcelona and to recognise architecture created by its occupants.