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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.

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The rough-and-ready exterior has a bit of an early-Gehry feel.

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Crowding into the entrance hall.

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This corridor, I infer, is part of the later expansion.

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Clerestory daylight is provided by a rather intriguing system of alternating monitor windows.

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Another perspective on the ceiling geometry.

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Untold cavernous depths await.

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Don't jump too high!

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Pegboard is sort of a 1992 material, now that I think about it.

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Exhibition space pools around the neat old metal structure of the factory.

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The materials blend right in with their surroundings.

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Suddenly, we were enveloped by this gigantic cantilever, the iconic and controversial Fòrum, at the terminus of Av. Diagonal.

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Sky pizza.

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A variety of voids.

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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.

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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.

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A crisp-looking late afternoon ensued after we finished the tour and arrived back in the narrow streets of the Ciutat Vella.