Friday 01 Oct 2010

Open City gets ready for the first ever Open House event in Barcelona - 16th-17th October

Initiated eighteen years ago, Open House London was created to bring the UK capital's inhabitants together with the wonderful architecture within their midst and ‘raise awareness of the difference that well-designed buildings and public spaces can make to the quality of everyday life'. The core motive behind the programme is to inspire new relationships between the public and the buildings that are, for whatever reason, inaccessible to them on a daily basis.

Many years and countless Open House events later the established organisation - who changed its name from Open House to Open City in March this year - has blossomed into an international enterprise with similar projects in Tel Aviv, New York, Dublin, Galway and for the first time this year, Barcelona. From 16th-17th October, almost 130 of Barcelona's most incredible buildings will open their doors to the public for an interactive educational experience. Visitors will be able to quiz the buildings' architects, users and those responsible for the planning of different areas of the city so that they may fully understand the essence of the architecture that surrounds them.

Featured buildings at Open House Barcelona include: Anitc Convent dels Àngels (Old Convent of Angels), a sixteenth century convent now used as a museum of contemporary art; Palau Savassona, an ornate palace used since 1907 as the headquarters of the Barcelona Athenaeum; Institut de Microcirurgia Ocular (Institute of Ocular Microsurgery), whose winding geometric design exercise the very focus of their work; and Antic Institut Mental Pi I Molist Seu del Districte I Biblioteca (Former Mental Institute now District Library), a vast complex of buildings connected by a series of courtyards built to bridge the gaps in the psychiatric facilities of the old Hospital of the Holy Cross.

For more information on Open House Barcelona, click here.

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