The Exhibition ‘Enchanting Traces’ Reflects on Work by the Studio b720

On display from 8 December to 17 January 2019 at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin

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With more than seven centuries of history, Barcelona’s Encants flea market is one of the oldest in Europe. In 2013, the architecture studio b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos took on the challenge of designing a new location for the old market. They developed a square with an enormous roof, made from a material that would reflect the activity of merchants and visitors. The design made the Encants one of the most famous markets in the world, and it became a flagship project for b720.

On 8 December, the prestigious Berlin gallery AEDES will be opening the exhibition Enchanting Traces – Reflections on b720 Arquitecto’s Work, a retrospective of the studio’s last 20 years, revisiting 20 designs. The central element of the installation evokes a flea market stall, and fragments from each design are arranged around it on folding panels. The designs include buildings such as the VP Plaza España Design Hotel (2018, Madrid), the Lycée Français (2017, Barcelona), the tower in Itaim (2017, São Paolo) or the Spanish Pavilion at Expo 2015 (2015, Milan), many of which have won prestigious international awards.

The exhibition not only offers a rereading of b720’s career, it also presents a partial history of architecture, including everything from post-Olympic Barcelona to the Brazilian boom and the development of international architecture in recent years.

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Dates: 7 December 2018 – 17 January 2019

Address: Aedes Architekturforum. Christinenstr. 18–19, 10119 Berlin

Opening Hours:  Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 6.30 pm, Saturday 1 pm – 5 pm, Sunday – Monday 1 pm – 5 pm

Opening: Friday, 7 December 2018, 6.30 pm

Main image: Encants flea market in Barcelona. © Rafael Vargas

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