Complex Simplicity

architects BCQ arquitectura barcelona
project Sant Gervasi - Joan Maragall Library, Barcelona, Spain
written by Alicia Guerrero Yeste, Fredy Massad


Barcelona became one of the global scenarios for star-architecture works during the economic boom years. The dubious success of the commitment to such bombastic concept has been counteracted by the more consistent and discreet quality of another architecture, less attractive to the media, which was planning and building other scales of the city. This was the architecture built in the districts and suburbs of the city. The architecture that was mostly carried out by local architects: professionals with a thorough and sensible understanding of the demands of the neighbours and users of these new public facilities. The Joan Maragall library by BCQ belongs to this kind of architecture.