If you’re about to travel to Spain soon, you better visit these three unusual buildings! Be sure to bring your spotting scope, though, as it can help you study the details of their peculiar structures!
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Location: Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
Designed by the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, this museum is widely known because of its contemporary design. It was introduced on the 18th of October, 1997 by former King Juan Carlos I of Spain. The Guggenheim, one of the largest museums in Spain, is near the Nervion River, which runs through Bilbao City to the Cantabrian Sea. It belongs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and it highlights work exhibits of Spanish, as well as international, artists.
Park Güell’s Mind House
Location: Carmel Hill, Barcelona, Catalonia
Park Güell is a public park system that consists of architectonic elements and gardens. It is designed by Antoni Gaudí and was initially built as a housing complex but it failed. The park found its success as an architectural wonder popular for its Mind House, which features three floors, a decorated roof, and an attic.
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Popularly known as La Pedrera which means “open quarry”, this building is in this list because of its unorthodox rough-hewn look. This modernist private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudí was built between 1906 and 1910. It was, in fact, the last private building he designed.
In 1906, the edifice was commissioned by Pere Milà, a businessman, and his wife Roser Segimon. It now features a self-supporting stone front, floors and columns free of load-bearing walls, sculptural elements on the roof, and an underground garage.
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and is presently the headquarters of the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera which is in charge of exhibitions and other activities at Casa Milà.