La Barceloneta

by Mikkal Noptek January. 23, 2015 1856 views

December 30, 2014

La Barceloneta is a neighborhood in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The neighborhood was constructed during the 18th century for the residents of the Ribera neighborhood who had been displaced by the construction of the Ciudadela of Barcelona. The neighborhood is roughly triangular, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Moll d'Espanya of Port Vell, and the El Born neighborhood. The neighborhood is serviced by its own stop on the Barcelona Metro. Torre Sant Sebastià is the terminus of the Port Vell Aerial Tramway; opened in 1931, it connects La Barceloneta with Montjuïc across Port Vell.

La Barceloneta is known for its sandy beach (which made an appearance in Don Quixote, book 2) and its many restaurants and nightclubs along the boardwalk. Over the past several years the quality of the sand on the beach has become a source of continued controversy. In February 2008, the World Health Organisation began an inquiry designed to ascertain whether the sand meets WHO beach health and safety guidelines.

Amongst the attractions on Barceloneta's beach are German artist Rebecca Horn's “Homenatge a la Barceloneta” monument, and, where the beach gives way to the Port Olimpic, Frank Gehry's modern “Peix d'Or” sculpture.

In the center of the neighborhood, there is a small museum, called “Casa de la Barceloneta”, which is housed in a preserved building dating back to 1761.

Frank Owen Gehry, CC (born Frank Owen Goldberg; 28 February 1929) is an architect born in Canada, currently a United States resident based in Los Angeles.

This giant goldfish has become one of the symbols of post-Olympic Barcelona and looks as if it is bobbing along on the waters of the Mediterranean. The sunlight is reflected in the scales of this sculpture that presides over the waterfront of the Olympic Marina and Barcelona’s beaches.

In 1992, the pristine Olympic Barcelona was transforming its seafront. A new Olympic Marina was taking shape, presided over by its twin towers. On one side stood the Mapfre Tower; on the other was the Hotel Arts. Frank Gehry placed his fish sculpture at the foot of the hotel. The animal is 56 metres long and 35 metres high and seems to be longing to jump into the blue waters of the Mediterranean.

The sculpture was made from intertwining gilded stainless steel strips supported by a metal structure, its gentle, subtle form marked by its intense gold colour. The interplay between the rays of the sun and skin creates the impression of scales, depending on the intensity of the light, and accentuates the organic form of this vast sculpture. The Fish can be seen from Barceloneta Beach and the Olympic Marina, and has become one of the city’s best-loved iconic landmarks.

W Barcelona, popularly known as the Hotel Vela (Sail Hotel) due to its shape, is a building designed by Ricardo Bofill is located in the Barceloneta district of Barcelona, in the expansion of the Port of Barcelona. The hotel is managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts hotel chain and marketed under the brand W Hotels.

The building, designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill, stands in 7 hectares of land reclaimed from the sea surface in the construction of the new entrance to the harbour is embedded within the volume of the atrium, has large sea views and natural light, and reflective glass facade mixed object and context. It is an example of high-tech architecture in the city.

The project included a public place open to the sea, a marina and hotel landscape, cosmopolitan icon. The five-star hotel comprises 473 rooms, 67 suites, 400 employees, a bar located on the rooftop with panoramic city views, a spa and fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, terraces, beaches, restaurants, rooms dance, and other facilities grouped under a platform of terraces.

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Sara G 5 years, 4 months ago

What an engineering feat! Gorgeous.

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Josy 5 years, 4 months ago

C'est vrai que cet endroit est particulièrement savoureux lorsque l'or du couchant lui rend hommage.

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Finbarr 5 years, 4 months ago

Great post !

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Stefan Fletcher 5 years, 4 months ago

One of my favourite areas in that charming city.

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