Contemporary Barcelona Scenes of architectural and cultural modernity

Since 1992, a new Barcelona has been gaining ground, one which has attracted renowned architects and which has made it a benchmark in design. There is the Collserola Tower, by Norman Foster; L'Auditori, by Rafael Moneo; the TNC (National Theatre of Catalonia), by Ricard Bofill; and the Bac de Roda bridge, by Santiago Calatrava.

The Olympic village and the Olympic Ring with the brand-new Palau Sant Jordi, designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, have given way to other symbols of contemporary Barcelona.

And there are entire neighbourhoods of the city that are linked to postmodern architecture, for example, the 22@, a district of Barcelona within the industrial neighbourhood of Poblenou, which is creating a new urban model based on technology, efficiency and sustainability. Presiding over the area is the Agbar Tower, by Jean Nouvel, and the new Museu del Disseny de Barcelona (Barcelona Design Museum), located in a unique building in the Plaça de les Glòries.

Another centre of modernity is at the heart of El Raval, with the coming together of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). The two centres bring together the essence of the art and culture in the 20th and 21st century.