Casa Bloc

Guided visits to Casa Bloc

This apartment-museum is part of Barcelona’s Design Museum and is one of the city’s best examples of rationalist architecture.

Barcelona’s Design Museum is one of the city’s most pleasant and spectacular exhibition spaces – it is still hosting, for example, the David Bowie exhibition – and its interior is full of all types of marvels, as is its exterior. As well as temporary exhibitions and its permanent exhibits, the museum also has in its collection Casa Bloc, part of an original housing construction that was built in Carrer de l’Almirall Pròixida in 1933 and which is Barcelona’s best example of rationalist architecture. It’s characterized by a functional design with limpid lines and white, well-lit interiors, exemplifying the approach of architecture at the service of easy and comfortable living. One of the apartments in this housing block can be visited one a week, every Saturday at 11am.

The architects behind the construction of Casa Bloc were Josep Lluís Sert, Josep Torre Clavé and Joan Baptista Subirana, who designed the building to provide housing for labourers in the Sant Andreu district. The apartment that is open to visits is dwelling 1/11, which will give you an idea of the concepts of the rationalist approach to architecture.

You’ll find additional information on the Design Museum website, where you can also pre-book your visit.

Publication date: Thursday, 14 September 2017
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