Originally Posted by Kent Wang
I've been to Berlin before and am going back again. I've never been to Spain, but I'll have a full month there in July so we're going to do the whole country.
Originally Posted by Kent Wang
I doubt it as well. I don't like Eisenman's buildings. I don't think they stand up to his "process" (which I'm not keen on anyway) and the ones I've seen are pretty badly built. To me, he really is a "paper architect" who built some bad buildings. I'm not a fan in general, but to me the built work really just obviates any allure the writings/projects might have had. BarragÃ¡n is incredible, a great, great architect. Spain is much more difficult to list than Berlin, of course; there is just so much. You are probably better off browsing the various books on modern architecture in Spain and looking at modern arch. websites such as MIMOA, etc. I assume you have all the Calatrava buildings/projects listed already. In Barcelona, I like the city in general, the works by Gaudi, Puig i Cadafalch and DomÃ©nech i Montaner. Also Montjuic, the hill, with the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies, Fundation Joan MirÃ³ by Sert, the Botanical Garden by Ferrater. The cemetery there is beautiful. There are some Miralles, Meier, HM, Nouvel projects in Barcelona but I haven't seen them irl. I have seen quite a few published projects by younger architects that look good, but I can't recall names, etc. right now. I don't know Madrid well other than the Prado, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, all well worth it for the art. The Atocha station is by Moneo. I'm sure there is much more there. Bilbao: definitely the Guggenheim and by default you'll probably see the Foster subway stops (not so special imo). There is also a library there by Moneo. The airport is by Calatrava. Near Bilbao: San SebastiÃ¡n is a beautiful seaside city, with the Kuursal by Moneo and the Wind Comb (Peine del Viento), a beautiful sculpture/installation/environment by Eduardo Chillida and the Plaza del Tenis (same place) by Ganchegui. There are other projects there as well, and I just really like the city. Santiago de Compostela is another really beautiful city. The medieval convent is great. The Centro Galego de Arte ContemporÃ¡nea by Siza is great. In Elciego (Alava) there is the MarquÃ©s de Riscal winery/hotel by Gehry but I don't think you like his work too much. Beautiful project and area though, and nearby in Laguardia is the Isios winery by Calatrava. Also one by Hadid, as well as other wineries, in the area. I haven't seen the Chipperfield, etc. (maybe Renzo Piano too) stuff at Valencia for the America's Cup, nor the City of Arts by Calatrava there, but Valencia, Sevilla, Granada, and Cordoba are well worth a trip, esp. the latter 3. The Igualada Cemetery in Igualada by PinÃ²s and Miralles is great (Miralles is buried there). The National Museum of Roman Art in Merida by Moneo is incredible, a must-see imo. I haven't seen his Roman Theatre of Cartagena Museum in Cartagena but I would like to. I think Can Lis, JÃ¸rn Utzon's vacation house in Portopetro (Mallorca) is fantastic, if you get over there. I'll try to think of more later.