Image: Marcella GrassiLighting of these facilities has been the responsibility of Faro Barcelona. Located to one side of l’Arc de Triomf, the House of Memory is a metal structure several metres high composed of cubes that reproduce images which reflect social and urban situations in Barcelona. The project, by Grafton Architects, has had the collaboration of students from the Escola Elisava, tutored by Maria Güell, La Invisible and Toño Foraster of AV62 Arquitectos. Faro has added warm lighting based on LED technology, which invites citizens to reflect and discuss. The initiative, started by the Fundació Enric Miralles, includes Benedetta Tagliabue and Álex Ollé as curators of the BCN RE.SET programme and who are in charge of identifying the seven public spaces in Barcelona which are most relevant to the history of the Catalan nation. In each of them, an open-air, imaginative and unique facility has been built, the project of which was defined by renowned architects who have acted as stewards of the spaces and have enjoyed the collaboration of students from architecture schools in the city LaSalle, the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (Esarq-UIC), Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (IAAC) and Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona (Elisava). The facilities will remain until the beginning of autumn.
Until September, Barcelona is holding an urban circuit with seven ephemeral artistic installations which will commemorate the celebration of the Tercentenary (1714-2014). The project, called BCN RE.SET, has seen the participation of seven international architects who reflect on the concepts of identity, freedom, democracy, diversity, and more in emblematic venues in the city.