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Center for Contemporary Culture

Barcelona, Spain
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The Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona is a dedicated to "cities and the phenomena they generate; because they have become the social, urbanistic and cultural catalyst of our times" and organizes exhibitions, music, dance, courses, debates, lectures, city walks. It is The CCCB is in the old but renovated Casa de la Caritat, located in the Raval district. The architects: "By changing just one of the sides of the courtyard and using the basement to improve communication and access, we have a very negotiable layout." The sheer glass wall off the courtyard comes as something of a rude shock. The left-hand side of the wall is of dark glass; the right-hand side, very slightly offset, is light. The wall cants out over the courtyard at an angle of 60 degrees. It's part of an impressive cultural belt, near the Ramblas, which runs from the University of Barcelona, past the Biblioteca de Catalunya and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, to the Pompeu Fabra University and next to Richard Meier's Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.