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Grand Marina Hotel, Barcelona World Trade Center, Spain

Grand Marina Hotel (*****) at the Barcelona World Trade Center; 2002 ; Henry N. Cobb, founding member of the architectural office Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners, created in 1955; Port Vell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Grand Marina Hotel, Barcelona World Trade Center, Spain

Grand Marina Hotel (*****) at the Barcelona World Trade Center; 2002 ; Henry N. Cobb, founding member of the architectural office Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners, created in 1955; Port Vell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

National Theatre of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (National Theatre of Catalonia), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain ; 1997; Ricardo Bofill (Barcelona 1939); Theatre complex with a Repertory Theatre (900 seats), an Experimental Theatre (400 seats), an Open air Theatre (400 seats), Facilities: theatre school, rehearsal rooms, television studio, bar, restaurant, retail spaces, building for a stage set construction and a garden; Gross area 22,239 square meters

Gas Natural Headquarters, Barcelona, Spain

Gas Natural Headquarters; Enric Miralles (Barcelona 1955 - 2000) and Benedetta Tagliabue (born in Milan), EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitectes Associats; Announced Completion Date: April 2006; project included to the exhibition "On-site, new architecture in Spain" at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA (New York, Feb - May 2006), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Gas Natural Headquarters, Barcelona, Spain

Gas Natural Headquarters; Enric Miralles (Barcelona 1955 - 2000) and Benedetta Tagliabue (born in Milan), EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitectes Associats; Announced Completion Date: April 2006; project included to the exhibition "On-site, new architecture in Spain" at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA (New York, Feb - May 2006), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Gas Natural Headquarters, Barcelona, Spain

Gas Natural Headquarters; Enric Miralles (Barcelona 1955 - 2000) and Benedetta Tagliabue (born in Milan), EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitectes Associats; Announced Completion Date: April 2006; project included to the exhibition "On-site, new architecture in Spain" at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA (New York, Feb - May 2006), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Photovoltaic Plant, Barcelona, Spain

Photovoltaic Plant (10,500 square meters capturing solar energy for the electric public utility system), Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; José Antonio Martinez Lapeña (Tarragona, Spain, 1941) and Elías Torres Tur (Ibiza, Spain, 1944); Finalist of the European Union prize for Contemporary Architecture - 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Prize.

Photovoltaic Plant, Barcelona, Spain

Photovoltaic Plant (10,500 square meters capturing solar energy for the electric public utility system) in the distance, Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; José Antonio Martinez Lapeña (Tarragona, Spain, 1941) and Elías Torres Tur (Ibiza, Spain, 1944); Finalist of the European Union prize for Contemporary Architecture - 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Prize

Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Spain

M like Mar, the East extreme point of Diagonal Mar, Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; José Antonio Martinez Lapeña (Tarragona, Spain, 1941) and Elías Torres Tur (Ibiza, Spain, 1944); Finalist of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Prize.

Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Spain

Forum Esplanade with Forum Building in the background, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; José Antonio Martinez Lapeña (Tarragona, Spain, 1941) and Elías Torres Tur (Ibiza, Spain, 1944); Finalist of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Prize.

Forum Building, Barcelona, Spain

Forum Building, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; Jacques Herzog (Basel, Switzerland, 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (Basel, Switzerland, 1950); Triangular building; 180 meters on each side and 25 meters in height; auditorium with a seating capacity of 3,200; Exhibition Hall covering nearly 5,000 square meters.

Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Spain

Public garden on the sea front ; Photovoltaic Plant in the distance, Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; José Antonio Martinez Lapeña (Tarragona, Spain, 1941) and Elías Torres Tur (Ibiza, Spain, 1944); Finalist of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Prize.

Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Spain

Seats on the sea front ; Photovoltaic Plant in the distance, Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; José Antonio Martinez Lapeña (Tarragona, Spain, 1941) and Elías Torres Tur (Ibiza, Spain, 1944); Finalist of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Prize.

Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Spain

Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; José Antonio Martinez Lapeña (Tarragona, Spain, 1941) and Elías Torres Tur (Ibiza, Spain, 1944); Finalist of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Prize.

Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Spain

Access Ladder to the sea ; Artificial rubbles to stop the waves and offer a calm sea bath, Forum Esplanade, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; 2004; José Antonio Martinez Lapeña (Tarragona, Spain, 1941) and Elías Torres Tur (Ibiza, Spain, 1944); Finalist of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - 2005 Mies Van der Rohe Prize.

Spain and China (proportionally of course!) are actually the two countries where the building engineering is the most active. However both don’t reflect the same level of quality and Spain is highly advanced in terms of quality, creativity and concentration of the most recognized architects in the world. A photo reportage on the most remarkable buildings in Spain.