VICTOR NADALES
founding member
uns arquitectes


barcelona
spain

Victor Nadales

I was born in 1988 on the outskirts of Barcelona. Growing up there was not very exciting at first, but my friends and I quickly developed exciting ways to spend our time.

Some years ago I moved to Barcelona city after having lived in Sweden and Switzerland. I like to hitchhike, to sleep outside, to sneak in construction sites and to visit my girlfriend in Bern, Switzerland.

I have a true passion for architecture and when I am inspired enough, I make music with my classic guitar or my computer.

my preferred spot for a morning coffee

ANY CAFE AT PLAZA DEL SOL

My choice is not too much about the coffee itself, but about the atmosphere you will find sitting on any terrace of this square. Should you not find a free seat, head to the nearby Plaza de la Vila.

my favourite cultural institutions

PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL

www.primaverasound.es

Although it is a private institution and its size is pretty big, this music festival allows you to enjoy an immense palette of sounds both in the city and by the seaside. The warm but fresh weather at the end of May and the sunsets and sunrises help to make the experience unforgettable.

here’s where I buy my books

LLIBRES DEL MIRALL
Carrer de Bailèn, 168
08037 Barcelona

www.llibresdelmirall.com

Since they sell most of their books through the net, this small second-hand library is not particularly beautiful. Indeed it is pretty chaotic. But their selection on Catalan art from ancient to contemporary times is outstanding. Last time I was there, there was some obscure but nice traditional music playing. 

additional local shops I support

MERCAT DE LA LLIBERTAT
Plaça de la Llibertat, 27
08012 Barcelona

A covered permanent market with different shops run by local families where every fruit, vegetable, meat and fish is km 0.

this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends

CARRER DE BLAI

This pedestrian street is known for its many bars with "pinchos", thin slices of bread with all kinds of delicacies on top. Every time we go, we pick a different terrace.

here I dine when there’s something to celebrate

LA SINGULAR
Carrer de Francisco Giner, 50
08012 Barcelona

www.lasingular-barcelona.com

my favourite pizza spot

PIZZERIA LUCANIA II
Carrer de Terol, 29-33
08012 Barcelona

www.lucania.es

Not fashionable; just good, straightforward pizza. 

my bars of choice

LA XAMPANYERIA
Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7
08003 Barcelona

no website

I guess there was a time when the clientele of this bar were only locals. But as far as I can remember, I have only seen it packed brimful with foreigners. But that is also what Barcelona is. The amazing thing about this bar is that it has not changed much and I do not only mean aesthetically.

additional things not to be missed

BIBLIOTECA DE LAS AÏGUES
Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona

Built in 1874, this building used to be the water deposit for the Parc de la Ciutadella, the biggest park in town. In the 1990s it was converted to a university library. The path to get there from the university entrance is a little complex but worth it!

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uns arquitectes, Barcelona

uns arquitectes is a collective of architects some colleagues and I founded while studying together. Everything unexpectedly started by winning a competition for the Christmas lighting for a major street in Barcelona. Since then, we have completed some renovations, we are about to finish our first family-house (first two pictures) and about to start building the second (third picture).

All of us have other jobs that pay the rent since the working hours we dedicate to this adventure are economically out of proportion. We just want to make things right!

We do not have a website yet because some of us are irrationally against it.

added june 2018
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