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Richard Meier's Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

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This clearly designed and illustrated book is dedicated to a complete overview of Richard Meier's Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, completed in 1995. Located in the area of the Casa de la Caritat, a former monastic enclave, this extraordinary building maintains a unique dialogue between the city's old urban fabric and the contemporary art housed within the museum. Barcelona's first institution devoted entirely to twentieth-century art, this museum synthesizes the striking contemporaneity of its bold ...
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Overview

This clearly designed and illustrated book is dedicated to a complete overview of Richard Meier's Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, completed in 1995. Located in the area of the Casa de la Caritat, a former monastic enclave, this extraordinary building maintains a unique dialogue between the city's old urban fabric and the contemporary art housed within the museum. Barcelona's first institution devoted entirely to twentieth-century art, this museum synthesizes the striking contemporaneity of its bold architecture and the rich medieval history of its context.

Meier's masterful use of materials -- pristine white aluminum panels, glass, stucco, and granite -- and characteristic modern style emphasize a play of solid and void, light and shadow, through the museum's fluid, geometric forms. An external ramp leads from the sweeping plaza to a triple-height atrium space. An internal, glass-enclosed ramp unfolds vertically along the front facade of the building, offering breathtaking vistas of a sixteenth-century church and the romantic city beyond and leading to three floors of open exhibition areas. This unique publication documents the dramatic design with preliminary sketches, models, drawings, and lavish color photographs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781885254566
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 11.88 (w) x 12.26 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Dollens is an architecture writer and critic. He is the founding editor of the architecture journal Site and co-author of New York Nomadic Design.
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Table of Contents

Prefaces 6
Urban Promenade as Architectural Promenade 9
Designing the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art 16
Drawings, Models, Photographs 22
A Big White Mass Shines over a Plaza 94
Bibliography 96
Project Credits 96
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