Old yet modern, architecture and contemporary art in the historical heart of Barcelona.

In Barcelona, the past and the present coexist in an architectural and artistic symphony. We wander its streets that blend the best of yesterday with the great names of the present (with an eye on the future).

While Gaudí's shadows and the Modernist movement intertwine with skyscrapers, the center of Barcelona emerges as a crucible where the ancient merges with the modern, creating a continuous dialogue between vastly different eras and moments.


In this city bathed by the Mediterranean, architecture has always been a reflection of its innovative spirit. And there's nothing more modern than having respect for the past. If you're staying at Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona, located in the heart of the city, you'll soon discover, as you venture into the labyrinth of streets forming its old town, that a new type of modernity emerges among the relics of its Gothic past.

A clear example of this symbiosis is the Born neighborhood, where medieval structures coexist with spaces of contemporary art like the Born Cultural Center. The old facades have become canvases for urban artists, and the inner courtyards serve as stages for art installations and cutting-edge projections. Art has found a home within historical architecture, granting it a second life.

The Diagonal Avenue, cutting across the city from its northwest to southeast, acts as a temporal axis, guiding visitors from the modernist works of Passeig de Gràcia to the jewels of contemporary architecture in the 22@ district. Here, in what used to be an industrial area, buildings of glass and steel flourish, such as the Torre Glòries, formerly known as Torre Agbar. Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the tower stands as an example of how modern architecture can reflect and complement the historic urban landscape.

Another contemporary landmark is the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA), located in Raval. Designed by Richard Meier, the building stands out for its white facade and clean lines, offering a stark contrast to the surrounding architecture. However, far from being discordant, the MACBA has become a meeting point for the community, where contemporary art engages in a dialogue with the everyday life of the neighborhood.

The duality between the old and the modern is even perceived in urban sustainability initiatives. Barcelona has made significant efforts to integrate green spaces and sustainable technologies into its urban fabric, such as the recent and controversial 'superilles' that have modified the grid of the Eixample. Another relatively recent example is the Central Park of Poblenou, redesigned by the French architect Jean Nouvel. This park provides a green oasis to the city and reflects a new way of understanding public space, combining nature and contemporary design.

Barcelona hasn't just embraced its legacy; it has integrated it into its evolution. It demonstrates that even in a historically rich environment, there's room for innovation and modernity, and that art and architecture serve as perfect vehicles for this encounter between centuries.