Francisco Barba Corsini



Son and father of architects, Barba Corsini died at 91 after a long illness, leaving behind a distinguished professional career with several residential projects. Belonging to a generation of architects that overcame the strict postulates of postwar neoclassical architecture, and well informed about the most innovative European trends – especially those marked by?Alvar Aalto –, he contributed new ideas to the field of collective housing with works like the General Mitre Building (1959-1964), an eleven-story block which is noteworthy for the treatment of minimal spaces;?or the apartments raised in La Pedrera, as well as the organic pieces of furniture he designed, and whose name he borrowed from Antoni Gaudí’s building. Barba Corsini began his architectural studies at the ETSAB?in 1932, which were later interrupted by the outbreak of the Civil War. He graduated finally in 1943 and founded his own studio in 1945. He began teaching at the Barcelona School of?Architecture in 1966, the same year he completed Binibeca, a new town in Menorca that followed local building traditions, departing from a right angle architecture.

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