Centro Congressi Internazionale a Barcellona. Josep Lluís Mateo

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[automatically translated] Barcelona 2004 Fórum Universal de las Culturas. An extraordinary event, intercontinental in scope, it becomes an opportunity to give impetus to the recovery of part of the city has always ignored. Now known the story of the recovery of the waterfront - for decades, "the back" of the city, reduced to a state of sharp decline after the industrial decline of the seventies - only recently has begun to study with historical and critical eye on the mechanisms that have regulated and the choices that have affected the area arrangement of the Fórum 2004 intervention strongly supported by the leader of the Catalan town Josep Anton Acebillo Marin. Among the internationally renowned architects who contributed to the realization of this part of the city planning buildings and public spaces that can accommodate and attract tourists from around the world, Josep Lluis Mateo left a "sign" not insignificant to the analysis and understanding intervention, contributing perhaps more than others to the redesign of an area which is not limited to that on which the building is constructed presented in this monograph. Dates back to 1999 (the year of the preliminary plan developed by Mateo for the waterfront accommodation) intuition at all obvious to think of the famous Diagonal Barcelona not so much a large artery that runs through the city ending sea-front hotel, but rather the element which, while connecting the city to its coast, long it bends and follows without concluding its development on the waterfront. This assessment - then bitterly contested - brought about crucial decisions throughout the design phase of the CCIB, the Centro de Convenciones Internacional de Barcelona designed by Josep Lluis Mateo and published here. The Congress Centre (one of the largest in the world) is part of a completely isolated designed and built under the guidance of the same Mateo, thus determining a unique example of rare expressive force and completeness. Starting from the analysis that the local Spanish architect elaborates on the occasion of this project, Michele Sbacchi examines innovative typological aspects of the work and its context, putting in close connection with the land use decisions those related to the building, highlighting the undisputed Mateo ability to control all phases and aspects of design, from the urban scale to that of the construction detail. What emerges is a very rigorous framework that makes this Mediterranean convention center unique.
Original languageItalian
Number of pages38
ISBN (Print)978-88-6055-289-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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NameMomenti di architettura contemporanea

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