Iconic Houses Network Annual Conference, 25 November 2014. Casa Milá, La Pedrera, Barcelona.
Iconic Houses Network, established in 2012, brings together a great number of modern house museums from all around the world. These houses form together a unique presentation of the 20th century architecture. The iconic houses provide excellent learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences from beginners to professional scholars. They are huge walk-in installations that embrace the visitor by space, light, details, stories, and life once lived in the building. They offer an access to history of architecture and design, history of building techniques and materials and the family history of the architect. Modern house experience must be communicated with care. It’s vital that the interpretation and communication are based on the profound understanding of the materials, the preservation history and preservation philosophy of the site as well as the original creation process.
The Iconic Houses Network is proud to announce that Casa Milá, La Pedrera, is hosting the network’s forthcoming conference, due to be held on 25 November 2014 in Barcelona, which will provide an opportunity to establish a fruitful tradition of meetings between the people who work in these remarkable buildings, as well as with the public interested in architecture and heritage. La Pedrera, which has been open to the public as a cultural centre for more than 20 years, recently joined Iconic Houses and is pleased to play an active part in the network. See also the webspecial on La Pedrera or read the Five questions for their cultural director Marga Viza.
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