48H Open House Barcelona will take place on the 19-20 October 2013, following the success of the
first three editions. The event aims to encourage locals to appreciate the value of good architecture and
urbanism, opening over 150 great buildings of different styles, forms and sizes to the public.
The 48H Open House Barcelona program is built around the broad network of buildings that will open
their doors to the public and it is set within the ten Barcelona boroughs (Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Gràcia,
Horta‐Guinardó, Les Corts, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu, Sant Martí, Sants‐Montjuïc and Sarrià‐Sant Gervasi).
The participation of many architects and volunteers explaining the city’s architecture, different activities
which complement the event, and the fact that it is a completely free event, encourage a dialogue
between visitors and citizens to improve architecture and public urban space knowledge.
The Festival represents a unique opportunity to enjoy architectural experiences related to the city’s
history: from roman runes to contemporary architecture, going through Catalan gothic, neoclassic,
modernist and modern style buildings which are included in the program.
Besides, a wide range of dwellings representing from different periods and many examples of urban
transformation, emphasizing the ones of the Olympic Games, would allow citizens to enhance their
knowledge of Barcelona’s history.
On the other hand, different themed tours are available depending on the visitors' interests such as
Barcelona’s Fàbriques de Creació (which includes old industrial buildings adapted to settle cultural,
educational and entertainment activities), or Barcelona’s Theatre and City tour (focusing on the way this
activity can transformed Barcelona’s citizens' life and urban structure throughout history).
Open House Barcelona Website
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