La Fundació

Fundació Enric Miralles

Fundació Enirc Miralles is a center for architectural research and design, dedicated to furthering Enric Miralles’ passion for innovation and experimentation in the realm of architecture and design.

La fundación se inauguró en 2011, fundada por la familia de Enric, compañera y colaboradora Benedetta Tagliabue. Desde entonces, ha participado en proyectos culturales en toda Barcelona y en el extranjero, siguiendo el espíritu creativo e inventivo de Enric Miralles: visionario arquitecto, delicado dibujante, ingenioso profesor y devoto propulsor del futuro cultural y urbano de Barcelona.

The Fundació Enric Miralles convenes public exhibitions, publications, workshops, and international exchanges committed to the development and promotion of innovation through design. The foundation holds the most comprehensive archive of Enric Miralles’ original work, operating as a platform to inspire new generations of architects to experiment and explore.

Nuestro espacio se encuentra en el centro de Barcelona, en el barrio Gótico. La Fundació Enric Miralles dispone de una sala de exposiciones, el archivo y una serie de espacios de coworking para acoger estudiantes y residencias.


Enric Miralles i Moya

Enric Miralles (1955 - 2000) was a Catalan architect, designer, drawer, and professor. Since he graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) in 1974, his career rapidly grew and took wonderful turns. Enric Miralles' work is, still today, profoundly influential, innovative, and avant-garde.

In his early career (1973-1983), Miralles worked as an assistant for his professors and Barcelona-based architects Albert Viaplana and Helio Piñon. During those years he had the opportunity to learn and collaborate on what are still now iconic architectural projects in Barcelona. Typical of this period were projects such as La Plaça de Sants.

Ten years later,in 1983, his career took a turn when he opened his studio together with his first partner Carme Pinós, it is there that Miralles could first experiment to find his now readily recognizable architectural language. Tangent curves, steel, and concrete work together with asymmetrical tilting structures are some of the key elements Miralles masters in this formative period together with Pinós. Buildings such as Tir amb Arc or El Xementiri are some of the most poetic examples of this period.

Yet it wasn't until 1990’s that Miralles's work reached its most heights of complexity and finesse. Together with his second partner and international architect Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles' work began to explore colour and materiality, two elements that gracefully built upon an already outstanding architectural language and style. Treating their work as a game and every project as a new groundbreaking frontier, Miralles and Tagliabue materialized projects, from the small scale of Lungo Mare and Kolonihaven to the master planning of the Santa Caterina Market and The Scottish Parliament, to the holistic spatial poetics of Heaven or the Meditation Pavilion in Unazuki.

Together they opened their joint studio EMBT Arquitectes, a studio that even after Enric's premature passing has prevailed thanks to Benedetta's tenacity and continued the passion to share their imaginative architectural visions.

Enric Miralles was the author of breathtaking sculptures, homes, pavilions, markets, public spaces, parliaments, schools, parks, museums, collages, ideas, and drawings. In his brief career, he developed a genuinely original and lush language that remains influential still today. His built projects all over Europe and Asia, his brilliant writings and recorded words, and his wit and humor continue to inspire and influence all who share his curiosity.