CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN ANDORRA

CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN ANDORRA

ENC, ALV, SJL, ESC


Since the early 20th century, architecture inAndorrahas 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 Cé- sar 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 likeAndorrala Vella and Escaldes-Engordany.


EVENTS YOU JUST CANNOT MISS

Part of the poster of “La Traviata” of Lyrical Andorra.

LA TRAVIATA

  • From 04/03/2017 to 05/03/2017

The Andorra Opera Season presents Verdi's “La Traviata” on the stage of the Claror Auditorium with two shows, on the first weekend of March.

Poster for the 2017 Andorra la Vella Music and Dance Season

23rd ANDORRA LA VELLA
MUSIC AND DANCE SEASON

  • From 24/02/2017 to 12/05/2017

The 23rd Music and Dance Season offers five proposals covering a wide range of styles, from the more personal intimate to large-scale shows.

ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO VERY NEARBY

Contemporary Architecture in the Capital Contemporary Architecture in the Capital

CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE IN THE CAPITAL

See some of the most recent examples of contemporary architecture

ROMANESQUE ART ROMANESQUE ART

ROMANESQUE ART

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

Exhibition rooms and art galleries Exhibition rooms and art galleries

EXHIBITION ROOMS AND ART GALLERIES

Discover the exhibition rooms and art galleries

Learning through culture Learning through culture

LEARNING THROUGH CULTURE

Visit our interpretation centres to find out first-hand about out nature

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