Passeig de Lluís Companys

Passeig de Lluís Companys

The site of the former Barcelona courthouse, situated in Passeig de Lluís Companys, is a place that guards the memory of many ancient lives. Over the course of history, a number of buildings with markedly different urban ideologies have been located there. The site, which was home to a medieval necropolis in the 9th century, housed an explosion of greenery from the 16th to 19th century in the form of the Jardí de la Fusina. Later, at the end of the 19th century, the space was transformed with the construction of the Palau de les Belles Arts, which remained standing until the mid 20th century. In the 1960s, and up until five years ago, the site was home to the old Barcelona courthouse. Now awaiting a new transformation, this space is set to become the scene of one of the installations for Model. Architectures Festival, with a focus on the Between Materials section.

Completed activities

Chronotropic memory

On Passeig de Lluís Companys

Installations The FLEXO studio has established its Memòria cronotròpica [Chronotropic memory] installation on land belonging to Barcelona’s old courthouse, on part of its remains. This is a full-scale construction and juxtaposition of architectural forms that vanished between the 7th century and 2017 on these city coordinates; from the medieval necropolis to the courthouse building, not to mention the Jardins de la Fusina and the Palau de Belles Arts with its famous three manual electric organ, the most important in Europe at the time. Is it possible to assess permanence and replanning in the face of architectural demolitions? What other programmes could the Palau de Belles Arts or the old courthouse offer today? It is possible for demolitions to be arranged in such a way that their demolished materials can be reused? Would it be possible for the city’s empty land sites to be temporarily activated? Més informació

Model Time. Lluís Companys with FLEXO

On Passeig de Lluís Companys

Debates Model Time will bring informal discussions to the venues of the Festival’s temporary architecture installations. Barcelona Architectures Festival. Model Time comes to the Lluís Companys installation “Memòria cronotròpica” [Chronotropic memory] to talk with the architects from FLEXO, accompanied by architects Eva Serrats and Francesc Pla, about the secrets of this installation: how it was built, what it means and what its aim is, among many other topics. Albert Garcia Espuche, Juan de la Rubia and Miriam Garcia (Landlab) will also join the debate. Més informació

Organ concert by Juan de la Rubia

On Passeig de Lluís Companys

ESDEVENIMENT EXPERIMENTAL On the occasion of the Chronotropic Memory installation, a performance has been scheduled on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. where would have the chance to listen to an organ performance by Juan de la Rubia recalling the old organ of the Palau de Belles Arts. Més informació