CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN ANDORRA

CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN ANDORRA

ENC, ALV, SJL, ESC


Since the early 20th century, architecture in Andorra has evolved constantly. Come and see it!

ENC, ALV, SJL, ESC


The 20th century marks a turning point in the socioeconomic progression of Andorra. Roads started to be built at the beginning of the century and from the 1930’s, there was a noticeable change in traditional architecture that would run until the 1960’s with the so-called granite architecture that came about with the spa tourism push, the electrification of the country, the temporary emigration of young building apprentices and the contribution from renowned architects in building the country.

This type of architecture is fully integrated into the natural setting, using local stone for façades and representing an innovative spirit with regard to the architecture style used until that time. The large hotels and spas were built around this time (including Hostal Valira, Carlemany, Hotel Rosaleda); electricity arrived with the construction of FEDA; Ràdio Andorra began broadcasting from a state-of-the-art building, and the Valira Cinema and, later, the Carlemany became new entertainment complexes.

Standout examples from this period are the ‘Casa dels Russos’ (1916) by the architect César Martinell (a disciple of Gaudí) who used local materials to visually transform the general features of Catalan Modernism, and the ‘Casa la Cruz’ dating to the 1930’s and designed by Catalan architect and notable art historian Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Further examples are the dam and ranger station in Ràmio; the Hotel Carlemany; Casa Xurrina; the old Valira Cinema (currently the home of the CAEE); Casa Vidal; Casa Palmitjavila, and Casa Duró, as well as other architectural details ensconced in the urban landscape.

You can find most of this evolution in towns like Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany.


EVENTS YOU JUST CANNOT MISS

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2018 WORLD TOURISM DAY

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ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO VERY NEARBY

Detail of the New Margineda Bridge

SANTA COLOMA AND LA MARGINEDA HERITAGE ARC

SANTA COLOMA AND LA MARGINEDA HERITAGE ARC

The “Heritage Arc” route in Andorra la Vella will unveil the most iconic locations in the southern part of the Parish. 

Museums for a journey back to the past

MUSEUMS FOR A JOURNEY BACK TO THE PAST

MUSEUMS FOR A JOURNEY BACK TO THE PAST

Visit our museums and discover Andorra's customs and traditions. Prepare to travel back in time!

Exhibition rooms and art galleries

EXHIBITION ROOMS AND ART GALLERIES

EXHIBITION ROOMS AND ART GALLERIES

One of the activities not to be missed in the Principality are the exhibition rooms and art galleries.

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RELIGIOUS ART

RELIGIOUS ART

RELIGIOUS ART

Visit the legacy of our religious art at the most emblematic churches in the country.

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Romanesque Art

ROMANESQUE ART

ROMANESQUE ART

Do you want to see Romanesque Art? We bring culture within reach!

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