Crossed destinies: the tectonic and modern architecture in Barcelona during 50’s-60’s



Palabras clave:

Tectonica, Core, Cladding, Building, Expression, Shape


The tectonic as theoretical subject was carried on in the nineteenth century in the context of German culture and concerns the relationship between form and construction, focusing on the analysis of the correspondences between the constructive and static needs and the intents addressed to aesthetics. In Barcelona, oppressed by Francoism during the ‘50s and ‘60s, the will to be modern was expressed to a considerable extent through the reinvention of a language characterised by a successful synthesis between modernity and attention to local culture. Therefore the tectonic is an investigative tool that links the culture of Barcelona’s design with the broader koinè of modernity that has made tectonic one of its fundamentals. As in Italo Calvino’s novelist The Castle of crossed destines where different tales intersect, and the tellers are prompted by the symbols of a pack of cards so even in Barcelona the representative strength of Architecture interweaves with theoretical texts about tectonic providing a wider horizon to understand Barcelona architecture in the modern age.


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Biografía del autor/a

Marco Lucchini, Politecnico di Milano

Department of Architecture and urban Studies


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Cómo citar

Lucchini, M., & Jaen i Urban, G. (2023). Crossed destinies: the tectonic and modern architecture in Barcelona during 50’s-60’s. EGE Revista De Expresión Gráfica En La Edificación, (18), 42–51.



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