One of the most famous districts in central Barcelona was created thanks to famous architect Ildefonso Cerdá, who carefully designed the plan in the middle of the 19th century. This plan, headed by the local city hall and implemented in just 12 months, changed Barcelona forever. It’s based on a grid and features characteristic square blocks with beveled corners that are instantly recognizable from a bird’s eye view of the city. The streets’ width is regulated, at 20, 30 or 60 meters, and the building height was originally capped at 16 meters but has gone up to 20 meters today. Each block is 113.3 meters long with 45º corners.
The project started in Plaza de Cataluña. Architectural complexes and unique buildings built then would go on to become UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Paseo de Gracia, the main street of the new district, along with nearby streets and avenues, were beautified with buildings designed by Antonio Gaudí, Josep Maria Subirachs, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antonio Rovira, Bonaventura Bassegoda i Amigó, Enric Sagnier and more. More than 300 of these projects were carried out.
Buying an apartment in the Example means becoming immersed in an everyday Catalan lifestyle and feeling part of it, including the art galleries and antique stores, the cozy cafes and restaurants, and small family-run shops where you can find everything you need for your home.