June 2: Plaça de Jaume Sabartés
On the second day of studio, we visited our project site: the secluded, irregular Plaça de Jaume Sabartés in the eastern part of the Ciutat Vella, El Born.
Clarion morning sun on the back view.
Upon arrival at the Plaça Sabartés: a sky-reverse-gamma looking down Carrer de Flassaders from the square.
A sufficiency of silhouettes.
The Plaça is right next to the back side of the Museu Picasso (Picasso Museum), which see at left here. If you are a Picassohead, you may now have pieced the puzzle together: Jaume Sabartés was a lifelong friend and associate of Picasso, and the numerous pieces he contributed from his collection of Picasso's work formed the kernel of the museum's collection. Our assignment was to design an education/research annex to the Museu in the Plaça.
Beyond the square was another open space, a courtyard within the museum grounds, tantalizingly high-fenced and mostly invisible from outside.
A pidge courting another pidge through a reflected sunbeam.
Spray insulation pidges.
Bicing is Barcelona's bike-share program, and the Plaça Sabartés hosted Bicing Station 390.
A sufficiency of strata.
This sky T is looking down the Carrer de l'Hostal de Sant Antoni from the square.
A wide-as-possible view of the Plaça and its observers.
Down Carrer Cremat Gran i Xic, looking back at the comparatively sun-blasted Plaça.
At about the same point is this exceedingly odd wall bumpout that I've never figured out.
Sun and pavement angles.
These thin-brick arches recall the Erlöserkirche, but they appear to actually be the age of the buildings that the Erlöserkirche's design emulates.
A sky wedge just at the entrance to the square from Carrer Cremat.