MACBA in Barcelona, Spain

The MACBA museum of Art in Barcelona is a gem of architecture designed by Richard Meier. His design uses a strict adherence to the grid. This can be seen on the spatial movements of the design, its massing and most obviously, on its tertiary elements (the grid lines).

Its context is in direct contrast to MACBA. The surrounding buildings are all composed of highly detailed facades with rhythmic consistent aperture counts. MACBA on the other hand uses the grid as its tertiary scaler in order to create asymmetrical moments.

The MACBA is really an object in the landscape, foreign to any of its surroundings This is not necessarily a bad thing.

Richard Meier’s strict adherence to the grid is evident everywhere you go.

Nevertheless, he still manages to play with the grid by throwing in some curvature here and there.

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