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October 10-14, 2019


Concept: ARCH ON TOUR in cooperation with GA Barcelona 

Program: Lorenzo Kárász / GA Barcelona

Guided tours: Lorenzo Kárász, Stefanie Herr / GA Barcelona

Moderation: Marion Kuzmany / ARCH ON TOUR 

Tour operator: Mondial GmbH & Co. KG


Together with GA Barcelona, the four-day ARCH ON TOUR leads to Barcelona and an excursion inland. We invite you to discover Barcelona's unique buildings - embedded in an extremely compact, multi-layered urban structure - as well as to experience the Catalan metropolis and its surroundings in all their diversity!

The tour starts with a view of the city from the Montjuïc city mountain and a visit to Mies van der Rohe's legendary Barcelona Pavilion. Strolls through the old town show architectural reinterpretations in the middle of the historical structure, conversions of old market halls and a trip through the former industrial area Poblenou leads to exciting new projects, such as the "Technology and Innovation District 22 @" and the museum for contemporary painting "Can Framis" .

Projects by the Pritzker Prize winners RCR Arquitectes are on the agenda for a leisurely excursion to the province of Girona. Its architecture, developed out of the regional context, is the result of an intensive examination of the landscape and is characterized by the merging of inside and outside. Poetic and sculptural, of unusual expressiveness and atmospheric charm, including the fantastic restaurant "Les Cols", both in terms of cuisine and design, where lunch has been ordered for us.

A walk on the beach past new buildings along the urban coast, a Mediterranean lunch by the sea and classic examples of Catalan Art Nouveau - Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló - describe "a perfect Sunday in Barcelona".

A brilliant conclusion is the exclusive visit to the beach villa “La Ricarda”, which is so extraordinary not least because of its location in the middle of a pine grove and its roof, which is gently laid over the site in a wave-like sequence.



10.10.2019 / 10:55 - 13:20 flight Vienna - Barcelona with Level / Vueling VY8715

10.-14.10.2019 / Visits to BARCELONA and day trip to the PROVINCE of GIRONA /

                4 nights including breakfast at the Hotel Gran Via, Barcelona

14.10.2019 / 15:55 - 18:20  Flight Barcelona - Vienna with level VK1005


Sunrise - sunset: 8:00 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.


Thursday, 10.10.2019 / VIENNA - BARCELONA_MONTJUÏC: Barcelona Pavilion and view of the city from above

individual check-in, flight Vienna - Barcelona with  VY8715

Arrival at the airport | Reception by GA Barcelona | bus

CaixaForum Barcelona | Cultural Center / Arata Isozaki, Francisco Javier Asarta, Roberto Luna, Robert

Brufau, 2002 | Former Casaramona / Josep Puig i Cadafalch factory, 1911

Coffee break in the CaixaForum

Pavelló Barcelona | Barcelona Pavilion / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1929 / Cristian Cirici, Fernando

Ramos, Ignasi de Solà-Morales, 1986

Jardins del Mirador de l'Alcalde | Viewing terrace / Joaquim Casamor, 1969  / FORGAS Arquitectes, Joan Forgas + Dolors Ylla-Català, 2009

Bus end at the hotel, check-in

common dinner: cooking workshop under the guidance of a professional team to prepare typical Catalan dishes


Friday, 11.10.2019 / excursion inland "between volcanic cones" in the province of Girona

Bus ride to Olot (approx. 90 min.)

Parc de Pedra Tosca | Park, Les Preses / RCR Arquitectes, 2004

Coffee break in the former train station

Estadi i Equipaments d'Atletisme Tossols-Basil , Pavelló 2x1 | Athletics track and facility, pavilion, Olot / RCR Arquitectes, 2000 and 2011

Pavelló de Bany Tossols-Basil | Bathing pavilion / RCR, 1998

lunch together in the restaurant " Les Cols "

Restaurant in Carpa Les Cols | Restaurant and banquet tent, Olot / RCR Arquitectes. 2002 and 2011

Espai Barberí | RCR office, Olot (former foundry) / RCR Arquitectes (requested)

alternatively: bus ride to Ripoll (approx. 45 min.)

Espai Públic Teatre la Lira | Plaza, Ripoll / RCR Arquitectes. 2011

Bus ride to Barcelona (approx. 90 min.)

Bus end at the hotel, evening free


Saturday, October 12th, 2019 / BARCELONA_BARCINO: The city grows from the inside - remarkable reinterpretation of historical buildings in the old town


Fossar de les Moreres | Square and memorial / Carme Fiol, 1989

Mercat del Born | Cultural Center / Rafael de Cáceres Zurita, Enric Sòria Badia, 2012 | Historic market hall / Josep Fontserè i Mestre, 1876

Mercat de Santa Caterina | Market hall / EMBT Enric Miralles + Benedetta Tagliabue, 2005

common lunch in the restaurant " En Ville "

DIAGONAL / 22 @ New urban strategies:

Plaça de les Glòries - Canòpia Urbana | Square and park / Agence Ter, Ana Coello de Llobet, 2019

Nou Mercat dels Encants | Flea market / b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, 2013

Disseny Hub Barcelona | Museum / MBM Arquitectes, 2013

Torre Agbar | Skyscraper / Jean Nouvel, 2005

UPF Campus de la Comunicació Poblenou | Teaching and research facility / Josep Benedito, Ramon Valls, 2009

Media-TIC | Office building / Cloud 9 Enric Ruiz Geli, 2010

Can Framis - Fundació Vila Casas | Museum of Contemporary Painting / BAAS Arquitectura Jordi Badia, 2009 | Visit the exhibition

End at the hotel

common dinner in the restaurant "Greenspot" (vegetarian)


Sunday, October 13th, 2019 / BARCELONA_SEAFRONT: Barcelona and the Mediterranean

Basílica Santa María del Mar | “Die Kathedrale des Meeres” / Berenguer de Montagut, 1329-83

Bike tour (or rickshaw) along the beach:

Casa de la Marina | Apartment building / José Antonio Coderch, Manuel Valls Vergés, 1954

Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta | Beach promenade / Julià Espinàs + Olga Tarrasó, Jaume Artigues, Miquel Roig, Jordi Henrich, 1994-2011

Edifici Gas Natural - Torre Mare Nostrum | Office building / EMBT Enric Miralles + Benedetta Tagliabue, 2006

Hospital del Mar | Hospital / Manuel Brullet + Albert de Pineda, 1992

Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona | Research Center for Biomedicine / Albert de Pineda, Manuel Brullet + Alfonso de Luna, 2006

Port Olímpic | Olympiahafen / MBM Arquitectes Oriol Bohigas + Josep Martorell + David Mackay + Albert Puigdomènech, 1991

joint lunch in the restaurant " Agua "

EIXAMPLE-MODERNISME Tabula rasa - Social utopian urban development and Catalan Art Nouveau:

Passatge Permanyer | Inner block passage / Jeroni Granell i Barrera, 1864

Jardins de la Torre de les Aigues | Block courtyard, 1987 | Historic water tower / Josep Oriol Mestres, 1870

Mansana de la Discòrdia | Group of houses / Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí, 1898-1906

Casa Batlló | House / Antoni Gaudí, 1906 | Interior inspection

End at the hotel

joint dinner in the restaurant " Llamber "


Monday, October 14th, 2019 / BARCELONA_highlight of Mediterranean villa architecture: "La Ricarda" - VIENNA

check-out, bus

  Beach villa La Ricarda "vaulted roof under pine trees" / Antoni Bonet Castellana, 1949-63

Exclusive tour of the villa and the garden, picnic in the garden of the villa

transfer to the airport

Flight Barcelona - Vienna with VK1005




Photos:  ARCH ON TOUR archive; GA Barcelona

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