Exhibition showcasing the reach of Barcelona’s architectural influence across Europe and the rest of the world.
This room would be an architect’s heaven, littered with scaled-down prototype building models made from cardboard and wood. But even to the untrained eye, these intricate structures are intriguing and awe-inspiring when you think about the practicalities involved in turning them into real, functioning buildings.
Happiness and Architecture explores the subject of ‘quality of life’ in the EMBT ‘not that tall buildings’ and public spaces. The ‘not that tall buildings’ are a group of buildings designed and built sympathetically by the Miralles and Tagliabue EMBT architecture studio, founded by Enric Miralles (1955-2000) and Benedetta Tagliabue in 1994. The buildings were designed mainly for urban spaces and intended to enrich the skyline whilst also respecting and cohering to the surroundings.
The exhibition features photos, descriptions, models and evaluations of each building and its public space, starting with the Gas Natural Fenosa building in Barcelona (1999-2006) and culminating in the Chinatrust Tower in Taichung, Taiwan (2013-2018). It highlights the myriad different factors that the field of architecture encompasses.
Enric Miralles Foundation
Passatge de la Pau 10 bis. 08002 Barcelona
Monday-Friday, 10.00-13.30 and 16.00-19.00