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A Garden Rooted in Books in Barcelona

14th November 2020

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An impressive multi-level public library which supports a rooftop garden.

BCQ architects were handed the double-headed challenge of devising a civic library and restoring a public garden. Guided by the notion of a Garden of Light they have successfully created a series of cheerful, thoughtfully connected, well-lit public spaces. And very popular it is too.

The project footprint was originally the site of a 16th century fortified mansion. In 1944 the building was transformed into a child health centre. Sixty years later the Ajuntament (City Hall) acquired the site and set about converting the building into a civic centre and the garden into a public park.

Making full use of the site’s topography BCQ decided to raise the garden and insert the library underneath it. The result is quite breathtaking and well worth viewing if in the area.


Biblioteca Joan Maragall, Carrer de Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, 85.

Screenshot Google map Biblioteca Joan Maragall

Public Transport:

Rail: FGC L7: El Putxet


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When visiting, the adjacent civic centre has a very good cafeteria-bar, and the excellent deli-bar-bodega, Casa Pepe is a five-minute stroll.

Enjoy exploring Barcelona’s architecture.

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