This trip is designed for professional architects and architecture students who want to make a study trip of three Spanish cities: Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona.
The main idea is to know the city from a “flâneur” point of view, but based on a rigor that allows fulfill a busy schedule of activities that will provide the basis for not only the architectural and urban characteristics, but also aspects of the Spanish life.
Museums, monuments, restaurants, urbanism, art and architecture will be the components to “discover” these cities and thus establish
an “architectural map” of the contemporary Spain, as well as his most famous works, from the historical point of view.
– Preparation of the itinerary
– 11 nights in a Hotel with breakfast
– Transfers Airport-Hotel / Hotel-Airport
– Flight Bilbao-Barcelona (low-cost)
– Bus (round trip) Bilbao – Donostia
– Private bus or public transportation for visits according to program
– Entrance tickets: Museo Prado, Museo Guggenheim, Pabellón Mies, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, Catedral de Girona
– Artchitectours team Assistance throughout the trip
– Guided tours with architects according to program
– Mandatory Basic Travel insurance
– Cancellation insurance
– Excursion to Codorniu and/or Sitges Wineries
– Artchitectours team Assistance and transport during free time
– Entrance tickets to unspecified buildings
Arrival to Madrid from different locations. Meeting in the Hotel. In the afternoon, tour through the Old Town: Madrid of the Austrias, Puerta del Sol, Arenal Street, la Chocolatería San Ginés, la Plaza Mayor and Arco de Cuchilleros.
Then we will see Reina Sofía Museum, extended by Jean Nouvel, Caixa Forum by Herzog & de Meuron, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, renovated by Rafael Moneo and BOPBAA Prado Museum. Free dinner and night in Madrid.
Breakfast. Transfer in public transportation to the Downtown: Towers Business Area walk between the Torre Espacio by Henry N. Cobb, the Torre Cristal by Cesar Pelli, the Torre PwC by Carlos Rubio Carvajal, Enrique Álvarez-Sala Walther, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, the Torre Cajamadrid by Norman Foster and the Torre Sacyr by R&AS. In Plaza Castilla we will see Europe’s Door and Torres KIO by Phillip Johnson and John Burgee. We walk in front of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and Torre Picasso. We will also see some of the landmarks of the history of Spanish architecture such as BBVA building by Sáenz de Oiza.
In the afternoon we will walk through the surroundings of the Río, where new projects for XXI century Madrid are being developed. We will se the Caja Mágica by Dominique Perrault, the Puente-Cáscara byWest 8 and the Matadero, renovated and reconverted in a Cultural Center. Free dinner and night in Madrid.
After having breakfast, we will go in private bus to the peripheral areas. Tour: Social Housing.
We will visit the PAU housing in Carabanchel: Dosmasuno arquitectos (2008), ACM arquitectura (2010), FOA (2007), Aranguren & Gallegos (2004), Thom Mayne (2008). In Villaverde we will see Chipperfield buildings and in Vallecas works by Estudio Entresitio and the Ecobulevar from Vallecas.
We will finish in San Chinarro to see the buildings: Mirador, Celosía by MVRDV and Blanca Lleó and VPO by Carlos Rubio Carvajal, Enrique Álvarez-Sala Walther, Rubio & Álvarez- Sala. Free dinner and night in Madrid.
Breakfast, check-out transfer to take a bus to Bilbao.
Walking tour of the Old Town of the city. During the walk we will see some of Bilbao icons, such as Puente del Arenal, Arriaga Theatre, Bilbao Underground by Norman Foster or the Cultural Center “La Alhondiga” by Philippe Starck. We will also see the Oficinas Sanitarias by Coll-Barreu.
Free dinner and night in Bilbao.
After breakfast we will visit the surroundings of the Ría where the most emblematic buildings of Bilbao are placed: Pasarela Zubizuri by Calatrava, Torres Isozaki by Arata Isozaki, Sheraton by Legorreta or Deusto’s University by Rafael Moneo. We will continue through the Euskalduna Congress Palace. We will see Abandoibarra district and we will take the Artxanda Funicular to enjoy the magnificent views of the city.
Afternoon at Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry, the emblem of the city since 1997. Walk around the exterior (facade and sculptures “Mum Spider” by Louise Borgoise and “Puppy” by Jeff Koons) and interior (entrance included). Free dinner and night in Bilbao.
Excursion to Donostia (San Sebastián), with regular bus (1h). Tour around la Concha area, the beach and the city’s facade in front of it. We will see the City Hall, the Plaza de la Constitución and the Theatre Victoria Eugenia. We will visit one of the best buildings by Rafael Moneo, the Kursaal and on the other end of our walk, the Peine de los Vientos, by Peña Ganchegui with sculptures by Chillida. Night in Bilbao.
Check-out. Transfer by private bus to the Airport.
Flight to Barcelona.
In Barcelona, private bus for transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon, walk around the center, on the famous Ramblas, Sant Jaume square, the Plaza Real, Liceu Theatre, the Boqueria Market, the Cathedral and Gothic district.
Night in Barcelona.
Visit the city center: Santa Maria del Mar, Palau de la Música, Picasso Museum, renovated by Jordi Garcés and Born Market. We will finish in La Barceloneta district.
In the afternoon we will visit the Raval district: Rambla del Raval and MACBA by Meier or the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea (CCCB) by Albert Viaplana. Night in Barcelona.
We will visit the “Eixample”, projected in the nineteenth century by Ildefons Cerdà, where most of the modernist buildings are placed: La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Casa Ametller, Casa Lleó Morera, Editorial Montaner and Simón- Fundació Tàpies, Casa Fuster and Casa Vicens. In the afternoon, metro towards Park Güell. Metro towards Sagrada Familia (entrance included). Hospital de Sant Pau by Domènech i Montaner, ampliado por Esteve Bonell. Night in Barcelona.
Transfer by private bus to Montjüic. Castle, Fundación Miró (Josep Lluís Sert), Jardí Botànic (Ferrater), Olympic Games facilities with the Palau Sant Jordi (Arata Isozaki) and
the telecommunications Tower (Calatrava). Visit the Pavilion 1929 (Mies van der Rohe) and Caixa Forum (entrance by Arata Isozaki). Afternoon: seafront and Villa Olímpica. Hotel Arts Tower (SOM) the Fish (Frank Ghery), Av. Icaria (Enric Miralles). Night in Barcelona.
Visit the new technologic area 22@. We will see: Disseny Hub by MBM, Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel+b720, Encants by b720, Hotel Silken by Juli Capella, Offices Diagonal 197 by David Chipperfield,
Campus Audiovisual-Mediapro by OAB, Comissió Mercat of telecomunicacions by Batlle i Roig, Indra (b720 Arquitectos + R&AS), Mediatic by Cloud9 and Parc by Jean Nouvel. Tram to Forum, Parque by FOA, Museu Blau by Herzog & de Meuron and new tower of Telefónica by Enric Massip. Night in Barcelona.
Check-out at the Hotel. Participants return to their homes. End of the trip.