The Barcelona based design studio of ARQUITECTURA-G formed by: Jordi Ayala, Aitor Fuentes, Jonathan Arnabat and Igor Urdanpileta back when they were students, has evolved into the very model of what every design studio should strive to be.
Their work has been featured in countless design magazines (most recently in NEO2) as well as invited to participate in many forums and lectures on the future of sustainable design.
Their modern approach to design and architecture is a welcome reprise from the trends we have seen in the last few years where bigger meant better. Their socially responsible designs and low impact lines mean less visual pollution in urban landscapes and more public spaces, which is evident in the proposal video for the sports hall in Paris.
Recently the studio completed a major overhaul of an apartment in the Eixample neighborhood, which has caught the media’s eye due to its simplistic approach of the redistribution of space. They have managed to restore the original floors, and have angled walls in order to conceive a more open way of modern living. The result is a serene space that hangs above the bustling streets of Barcelona.
The studio now forges ahead with several new projects on their drawing board. Among them a redesign for the store FUREST in Barcelona’s fashion epicenter known as Passeige de Gracia.
A house on a hillside in France , as well as a proposal for a new Sports & Congress Hall in Paris.
To find out more about ARQUITECTURA-G, [click here]
tlf:+34 932520755 / 675900450 C/Graus 10-12 bajos 08017 Barcelona
Some late night classics that hit the spot after a long day.
Back in 2000, two Brazilian sisters- Marise Cardoso aka DJIIVA and Amarilis Vitale arrived in Barcelona and were instantly blown away by the electronic music scene that was taking the city by storm.
Together they formed NSISTA, a band whose sound has been influenced by their travels around the world. Their Brazilelectro beats have evolved over the years reflecting the years of crossing borders and genres. Like stamps on their passports, their music is a unique collage of samba beats layered over lush electronic arrangements and experimental sounds cascading in the background. Their look consisting of recycled materials such as plastic bottles and bottle caps form post modern head pieces which reflects their do it your self attitude.
On this particular Sunday night – NSISTA holds center court in an old convent turned cultural center on the border of the Born neighborhood. The hipster crowd below them- can’t stop moving their heads and hips to the sambatronic beats radiating from the speakers. They stand center stage in an open courtyard, bathed in hot pink light and transmitting love for their fans.
The neighbors however, don’t seemed too amused by the weekend festival which is now on its 15th edition, was created by MARISE and aptly named PULGAS MIX. A flea market based concept, that has over taken the space with artist, musicians and fashion designers from all over spain. The goal of the festival is to share the talent in an incubated center for people to touch and hear the pulse of Barcelona’s art scene.
When not producing music, or organizing festivals NSISTA also lends a hand and signature sound to bands such as Macaco, Ojos de Brujo, Brazuca and Matraca that turn to the duo when looking to brazilify their sound.
To discover the SAMBA XXXPERIENCE click here .
Make sure to check out the AfroMix of their new track CABOCLA
To download their new single CABOCLA click HERE
Today I spent the day on a hotel hunt, checking out new places throughout Barcelona and doing some research on a few places which will be posted later this week. One of my favorite finds was CHIC & BASIC a hotel that is housed in a beautiful old building in EL BORN.
This place opened 5 years ago and is currently in the process of remodeling it´s fantastic bar simply called the “WHITE BAR”
This place breaks all the rules of what a basic hotel should be, done up in white washed halls over the top furniture and sexy lighting it is impossible not to relax upon entering this space. The service at the counter was excellent and the place is filled with hipsters. If you are in Barcelona and spending the weekend shopping with friends, this is the place to ditch you bags and head out for a night on the town .
In fact while trying to scope out the place without getting thrown out for loitering I witnessed a fashion shoot taking place in the of the rooms. This is the sort of place where art directors linger in the hallway twittering on their iphone, and hip young international travelers mingle in the common areas. This place definitely attracts a younger more stylish crowd so if your idea of hotel is tea time rather than happy hour you might want to curb your enthusiasm.
The hallways, resemble space ships, with white lacquered walls, soft lighting and chilled out electronica humming in the background. The rooms are like the title suggests “basic” but the common areas more than make up for it.
Amenities include Gym, reading room, kitchen area, internet center and a spacious living room with lots of natural light.
This is not the Ritz or the W this is just a place for people who spend their vacation exploring the city and when they finally come back to the room they are greeted with a warm sense of style and a vibe that many a hotel rarely get right.
For more info on the hotel click it HERE
No Time for movies? Barcelona kicks off the weekend with the 1st ever Subway Short Film Festival.
The Wizard of Oz in 30 secs
Vodpod videos no longer available.
An impromptu movie theatre has been set up at the Plaza Universidad Metro Station which allows viewers to catch a SHORT film while transferring lines.
The SUBTRAVELLING film festival <October 15-October 18> has generated quite a bit of buzz this week with locals and tourists alike. This film festival which has already been quite the hit in Berlin has now stopped at Barcelona thanks to the help of the city.
Passengers can see the films at the Metro stations or in the train on the over head screens. Voting has already begun on the best Short Film online. As part of the campaign once you vote- you also enter the chance to win a trip to LA to tour the WB movie studio.
The rules of the festival are simple: Short films could be NO longer than 2 minutes. Hundreds of entries were received and so far the animated romantic comedy OKTOPODI is in the lead.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
For more information on the Film Festival or to watch more of the shorts click HERE
The songs that float through my head as I walk about the Borne on sunny afternoons. Some old stuff -some new stuff- some blue stuff.
1.We Need A Change– “Follow me and I’ll Follow you” .
2.Golden Cage– Reminds me of sunrise after a night of drinking with friends- soundtrack for the walk of shame.
3. You Know Me Better– Pure talent effortless cool- plus it has a great video.
4.Remind Me– Subway tunes, lyrics keep me sane when I’m running in the Rat Race.
5. I’d Rather Dance With You– Great guitar, rare mix of one of the most brutally honest songs.
6. Hurricane Jane– So unpolished and uncomfortable with their talent, I can’t help to love them.
7.Saturdays– Cut Copy released their album in 2001 and failed miserably, but after millions of internet downloads in 2007 the record company reissued the album and they became the darlings of the synthed up, 80’s sampled retro futuristic pumping out of ipods of every self-respecting hipster.
8.Paper Planes– There is a little hustler in all of us, sometimes you just got to roll with it and let it out…
**Hidden Track : Tigers In The Fire- “I can live life hanging by a string/I can do anything so don’t bother me”
_ d a v i d
What will Barcelona be like in 2159?
Will we still have people selling Agua, Coca Cola , Cerveza in liquid form? Will we have intergalactic prostitutes on Las Ramblas? Will the Sagrada Familia be finished?
A new time capsule project has been launched via the internet, for the citizens of Barcelona in 2009 to communicate with the barceloneces of 2159
The BARCELONA2159 project has taken shape and hundreds of people from ages 7 to 67 have populated the site. With the several different categories, participants can leave their theory on what the city of Barcelona will be like in 150 years.
Part of the ANY CERDA, a year devoted to the celebration of the man, whose ambition to tear down the gothic walls and expand the city was revolutionary 150 years ago. An ambitious plan that turned the city into the sprawling grid-like mass it is today.
The Project, which will runs until June 2010, will mark the beginning of the future of Barcelona. Developed as marketing tool for the exposition as well as an opportunity for the people to leave their mark in Barcelona’s history. You can leave written messages as well as videos in the online time capsule intended for future viewers.
But who is the “New Cerda”? While they rip apart the Poble Nou area for the 22@ is it progress or greed? One thing is for sure if the future is managed by Zaha Hadid count me in.
The new Spiral Tower by Zaha Hadid in Barcelona.
To see some of the messages click below.