June 6: Badalona
Eventually we made it over to Badalona, and the main attraction there, as far as our tour went, was the Biblioteca Can Casacuberta, a public library adapted in 1992 from an old modernist industrial building and expanded in 2007.
The rough-and-ready exterior has a bit of an early-Gehry feel.
Crowding into the entrance hall.
This corridor, I infer, is part of the later expansion.
Clerestory daylight is provided by a rather intriguing system of alternating monitor windows.
Another perspective on the ceiling geometry.
Untold cavernous depths await.
Don't jump too high!
Pegboard is sort of a 1992 material, now that I think about it.
Exhibition space pools around the neat old metal structure of the factory.
The materials blend right in with their surroundings.
Suddenly, we were enveloped by this gigantic cantilever, the iconic and controversial Fòrum, at the terminus of Av. Diagonal.
A variety of voids.
This was a pretty neat sculptural moment (I can still speak architecturese, even two full years out of school!) that I think may be a skylight for the basement level, but I'm not sure now.
We had lunch at what I recall as a sprawling seafood shack (but that may be an inaccurate memory) at the Base Nautica Municipal de Barcelona, right on the beach.
A crisp-looking late afternoon ensued after we finished the tour and arrived back in the narrow streets of the Ciutat Vella.