Tuesday, September 4

Palau Sant Jordi Sports Center and Concert Hall in Montjuic, Barcelona

Palau Sant Jordi Sports Center and Concert Hall in Montjuic, Barcelona [enlarge]

Palau Sant Jordi, not far away from the tower in yesterday's post (yes, that white tip is not on the roof) is a totally different building both in design and functionality. This time we are facing a wide almost square building (see the Palau Sant Jordi on Google Earth) that in spite of looking big standing at the entrance, seems to be terribly flat from the distance as proportions are deceiptful in the enormous square of the Olympic ring on Montjuic Hill (check Palau Sant Jordi in an old post to see what I mean). Palau Sant Jordi was meant to be a sports center and as such was inaugurated in 1992 for the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Nevertheless, designers were wise enough to conceive the facilities as a multiuse space that can shift from a skating rink to a tennis court, a swimming tank, a basketball court and what's best, an important concert hall where famous bands and singers have performed. The building was designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki & Associates. Find out about what other important works by Arata Isozaki here: Arata Isozaki & Associates via Emporis.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous ming_the_merciless said...

I'm fascinated with the birds flying above it.

By the way, the roof looks quite similar to the "durian roof" of the Singapore Promanade.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Gary said...

What a great photo and angle.

I travelled from the UK to Palau Sant Jordi and it was a great venue (although the beer price was very expensive!!!).

I'm not sure what you think, but I see it as another great example how Barcelona benefitted from the Olympics. It has left a legacy of great buildings and facilities for the people of Barcelona and it's visitors.

Barcelona is my favourite place in the world and I hope to move there one day.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Inez said...

I'm thrilled to find your site, your pictures are amazing, I spent 10 days in Barcelona this summer and to say I fell in love with the place is a massive understatement. When I came home I scoured the internet for photos that captured the spirit & how I felt about Barcelona, yours are the ones that fit that bill. Thank you SO much, almost as good as being back there (smile)I shall be back to check out your photos regularly & hope to return to Barcelona next year...

6:56 PM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

Seagulls Ming. The sea is downhill but they must have spotted some wasted food. They feed on anything and every year they tend to fly or nest further inland.
Wow Gary and inez, with comments like these I have energy for years to come. You really make me happy.

7:28 PM  

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