Montjuic Telecommunications Tower – Santiago Calatrava – 1992
Designed for the Olympic Games hosted by Barcelona in 1992. The tower’s main purpose was functional (to transmit television coverage of the games). Calatrava added his own sculptural style to produce a tower of both functional and aesthetic value. This eye-catching tower that has now become one of Barcelona’s landmarks can be seen from various points throughout the city. As well as being a beautiful piece of sculpture representing the Olympic Games from afar what you don’t see unless close up is it’s white base (seen at the bottom of the photo). After visiting the tower I learned that the white mosaic (trencadis) base was designed specifically to pay homage to Antoni Gaudi, one of the city’s master architects.
The Barcelona Pavilion – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe- 1929
Designed by Mies van der Rohe the Barcelona Pavillion was the German entry for the 1929 international exposition in Barcelona. The structure is very in keeping with the work and style of Mies van der Rohe. The design, simple, the lines, clean and the finish, luxurious. The architect’s use of marble really adds to the beauty and elegance of the pavilion whilst keeping to his all important ethos ‘Less is more’.The very well known chair (pictured above) was designed by Mies van der Rohe along with furniture designer Lily Reich. It was designed especially for this exhibition and was aptly named ‘The Barcelona chair’. The chair ( although most commonly seen in black) has become an icon in 20th century furniture design.
After the exposition the pavilion was dismantled as it was only ever intended to be a temporary structure. Fortunately in 1983 the pavilion was reconstructed from original plans and photographs. It was compleated 1986.This cantilever chair was also designed by Mies van der Rohe. It sits on the base of the pavilion providing the person who sells the entry tickets with a comfortable (and stylish) place to sit. Which is a perfect touch.
Guell Palace – Antoni Gaudi – 1888
The stunning rooftop is one of the many amazing feature of this building. Designed by Gaudi for his friend Eusebi Guell this is one of the many projects that Guell commissioned Gaudi to design.
The detail in this incredible building is not only present on it’s rooftop, but from the very beginning with its entrance and continues up through all six floors until you reach the stunning finale.
the above are all details that can be found at the buildings entrance.
Even the stables are amazing.As we move up the building it only gets better.
Glasgow School of Art – Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Completed 1910
As you can see this photograph is of a model of a building. Unfortunately as most of you will know the original Mackintosh School of Art was severely damaged by fire in 2014. You can just about make out the original building behind this model Shrouded in scaffolding).
One of Mackintosh’s most famous works, The Glasgow School of Art is under extensive renovation and is due to be reopened in 2019.
Mackintosh – Master and Slave Clock – 1910
The Master clock (on the left) was linked up with all of the other clock’s in the school. mackintosh redesigned the clock face in his distinctive style.
Amongst the University’s collection of original Mackintosh furniture I was able to see this unique piece above which was very interesting.
Here you can just about see the sign above the door and some of the original railings.
Although disappointed initially I really enjoyed the tour that took place in the new building of the art school. I was able to see a wonderful collection of original Mackintosh furniture, the tour guide was brilliant, very informative. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
I am definitely planning to visit again in 2019 and hope to be able to show much better pictures that do justice to this building.