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Disseny Hub

  • Pl. de les Glòries Catalans 37–8 Map It
  • Sant Martí
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This new center of activity represents the efforts of Barcelona's urban planners to put all the city's designer eggs in one basket and to plant an eye-catching architectural anchor in the long-delayed renewal project on Plaça de les Glòries. The new building is home to no less than four museum collections: the Museu de Arts Tèxtil i Indumentària (Textiles and Clothing Museum) of fashion, embroidery, jewelry, and accessories from ancient times to modern haute couture; the Museu de Ceràmica (Ceramics Museum), tracing the evolution of ceramic arts from 13th-century Moorish influences to the present, with a number of pieces by Miró and Picasso; the Museu de les Arts Decoratives (Museum of Decorative Arts), devoted mainly to the historical high arts of furniture and furnishings; and the Gabinet de les Arts Gràfiques (Graphic ArtsCollection) of posters, packaging, typographic styles and printed papers. The DHUB store has a fine selection of

books on design as well as reproductions that make great gifts to take home.The building itself, by MBM Arquitectes (Oriol Bohigas, doyen of the firm, was the prime mover in much of Barcelona's makeover for the 1992 Olympics), juts out like a multistoried wedge into the Plaça de les Glòries, anchoring a traffic hub where the Diagonal meets the Av. Meridiana. Originally meant by Ildefons Cerdà, designer of the Eixample, to be the new city center, Glòries had been a run-down and unnavigable subcenter–-and a headache for urban planners–-for decades. Just next door to the Hub is the wonderful Mercat dels Encants open-air flea market (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9 am–8 pm), Barcelona's biggest, reborn in the same project that produced the museum, with a whimsical, undulating mirrored roof. The Mercat is prime grazing land for old furniture, vintage clothing, bric-a-brac of all sorts

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Sight Information

Address:

Edific DHUB, Pl. de les Glòries Catalans 37–8, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08018, Spain

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Phone:

93-256–6800

Sight Details:

  • €5, valid for 2 days
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–8

Published 08/18/2015

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