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Forum Building

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Herzog and De Meuron
location Barcelona
function auditorium, culture, exposition space, square
contributed by Naomi

The Forum Building is a triangular measuring 180 meters on each side and 25 meters in height, located within the triangle formed by the surrounding streets. It is considered by some to be an icon of the "New Barcelona ". However, local opinion on its aesthetic and functional merits is deeply divided. It was the symbol of the controversial 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures and the serious flaws that arose during its construction were widely covered in both the Spanish national and foreign press. It has lain empty since the Forum and is beginning to show marked deterioration. The building is structured around an auditorium with a capacity to hold 3,200 people. The seating is below the Forum Plaza level. The upper part is suspended from the triangular superstructure measuring 180 meters per side that covers the plaza, and rests on 17 pillars. From it, the exhibit hall and the roof of the auditorium are suspended. The exhibition hall covers nearly 5,000 m2.

J_W says:
The idea and massive triangular solid with penetrating sunlight holes is fascinating! Raising the floor level provides the lightness to the building. What is dissappointing is quite junky mirror finishing ,,,,
Katowice, Poland 04-Sep-13
carlos says:
¿ da la impresión que del contexto no se entera ?
¿ esto es hacer ciudad ?
Egolatria de los arquitectos en grado superlativo.
¿quizás como pisa papeles?
carlos says:
Como un pulpo en un garage.
Marilena says:
Ci sono stata! Bellissimo!
Alisia says:
Here's a video of Fòrum park and its architecture projects.

Barcelona, Spain 01-Dec-09
maria_a says:
Has an interesting footprint and massing.
Toronto, Canada 15-Jun-09
lmcp says:
formally brilliant, socially, well, empty...
Atlanta, United States 08-Jun-09
elisa641 says:
I love the patios, but IMO the project is not so good!
rome, Italy 24-Sep-08
oOgerryOo says:
Hi, I'm Gerald. Just saying hey - I'm new.
Very good project. I specially like the ceiling of the exterior ground floor.
Barcelona, Spain 03-Oct-07
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Forum Building
Avinguda Diagonal 1
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How to get there? Metro: L4 - Stop "Maresme/Fórum" Bus: Lines 7 - 36 - 41 - 43 - 141 NitBus: N6 Tramway: Line 1, Stop Trambesós: Fórum
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Completion 2004
Cost € 110000000,-
ArchitectHerzog and De Meuron
Client Universal Forum of Cultures – Barcelona 2004
Project ID 91
Latitude/Longitude 41°24'40N 02°13'13E
Contributed by Naomi
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