Around 300 architecture fans visited IMO on Saturday, 16 October, to admire at first hand the award-winning architectural project. The visit, which was also attended by the project’s architect, Josep Llinas, was part of the 48 Hour Open House Barcelona initiative, which aims to celebrate and promote Barcelona’s architecture and city planning.
During the weekend, 130 buildings belonging to varying architectural periods and styles opened their doors to the public and attracted over 25,000 visitors. The tour provided the public with the opportunity to discover the tunnels of the Barcelona sewerage system and the unique Torre Girona, which houses the Mare Nostrum supercomputer; explore the guest rooms and communal areas of hotels, such as the Casa Camper; visit major landmarks, such as the church and cloisters of the old Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, the Palau Savassona (Ateneu Barcelonés), the Palau Baró de Quadres (Casa Asia) and the Torre Figuerola (Palmero Museum); enter private homes in neighbourhoods, such as Eixample and El Born, and visit contemporary office buildings.
In each of the locations, visitors had the opportunity to talk to the architects of the projects, their current occupants and the planning officials responsible for the areas visited. During IMO’s open day, visitors were able to chat with the staff and the architect himself. 48 Hour Open House Barcelona was organised by Arquitecturareversible and is based on similar open days that take place in many of the world’s great cities. The initiative started in London two decades ago.