Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A library but not just any library - el Diposit de les Aigües

This is a hidden gem! The library at one of the universities in Barcelona was once a reservoir building to store water for the waterworks in the Parc de la Ciutadela

Fernando, my flatmate took me there one time we were out to see the good bits about our neighbourhood. The library is located at the Campus Ciutadela of Pompeu Fabra University.
The Diposit de les Aigües was designed in 1874 by Josep Fontsere, and worked on by then architectural student Antoni Gaudí (Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Parque Guell etc etc.)
The purpose was regulating the flow of water of the Parc de la Ciutadela waterfall and watering thegardens.

I didn’t quite know how to explain it so I asked Wikipedia for help:

The construction is a copy of a Roman prototype comprising a labyrinth of parallel arches four meters wide and 14 meters high, which cross over in a barrel vault and extend as if by mirror effect along its 65 meters of depth.” 

Since it’s now a university library I wasn’t comfortable getting the camera out doing it’s thing with the clicks and the flash… so I borrowed some pictures from the big web. 

I just think the space is truly beautiful, the silence and the tall pillars makes it very special and almost ceremonious. And I love the fact that it is a somewhat hidden treasure in the bustling city of Barcelona. Not to mention my love for books, it's something so comforting  about them, can't quite put my finger on what it is but I love them!


13 comments:

  1. That is incredibly beautiful! I would love to see that!

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  2. I love libraries and I would love to spend time in here. Imagine how great wedding photos taken in there would look!

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    1. I never even thought of that! But wow, imagine wedding photos in here! Or even just portraits. Like the idea!

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    2. i was at a wedding in edinburgh a couple of years ago. theme of the wedding: steampunk! and, the ceremony was held in the university of edinburgh's old library - it was absolutely fantastic!

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  3. Oh my GOD what a beautiful building! Being a writer libraries are important to me, this one I really really want to se in real life. You are doing such a great job with your blog!

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    1. This place is really something special!
      You're too kind :) Thank you!!

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  4. Jeg er så glad for at du tar oss med til sånne fine steder som man som regel ikke finner når man er turist i en storby for en helg <3
    Utrolig vakker bygning med sjel...
    Jeg koser meg sånn med bloggen din :-)

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    1. :) Så koselig en kommentar, Mette! På alle måter :)

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    2. Psst...jeg glemte å si en ting da...selv om jeg koser meg med bloggen din og alle de vakre bildene...så...er det en ting jeg savner :-)...bilder av frøken new life in spain...og noen flere innlegg om henne <3. Klem

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    3. Jasså du, så det mener du :) Men hva i all verden skulle jeg skrive om henne da??
      Tror jeg trives best med at bloggen er om Spania og det å skape seg et nytt liv her og det som skjer på veien... Dessuten er jeg redd Barcelona gjør seg bedre på foto enn la señorita noruega! Ho ho!

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    4. pssst...hvorfor du skal skrive om henne...blant annet fordi jeg har sp lyst til å bli kjent med henne, vel <3
      men...jeg synes bloggen din er også fantastisk som den er...hadde bare vært så kos å vite noe om DEG også...alt fra alder og hvorfor du har tatt de valgene..ja du vey osv, osv...også alltid kos å lære av andres erfaringer...selv om jeg...he he...er flink til å gjøre mange av dem selm...bomsideis og bang...he he..
      Dessuten...så har vi gjort så mange like valg og liker så mye av de samme tingene...at ja...det føles på en måte så nært...og...ja du vet...noen mennesker har man bare kjemi med fra første stund man møter dem.
      Dessuten vet jeg at du er mer vakker enn Spania!
      Stor klem fra meg til deg.

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  5. Ps you asked about the plants, everything except the strawberries seem to have survived the nasty weather changes. We've only had one strawberry from this lot :( But everything else looks quite healthy :)

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