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L’Auditori has been designed by Rafael Moneo. © Assumpta Burgués

The Museu de la Música is situated on the second floor of the Auditori, a building designed by Rafael Moneo, one of the foremost representatives of contemporary Spanish architecture. The permanent exhibition halls of the Museum are structured round a central skylight displaying a pictorial intervention by Pablo Palazuelo. The third floor is the site of the Documentation and Research Area .  

With the Museu de la Música, opening in March 2007, Barcelona culminates the City of Music project of L’Auditori,which is already the home of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and of a broad programme of concerts that encompasses musical styles ranging from early, modern and contemporary music, to jazz and pop. Next door the Higher School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC) is devoted to the musical education of the future generations of professional musicians. The Museu de la Música offers citizens and visitors a unique way of approaching, experiencing and becoming acquainted with the world of music through its history and the conservation, research and dissemination of the city’s musical heritage.

Rafael Moneo conceived the Auditori building to follow the structure of the grid of the Cerdà Plan’s “island-blocks”, in an area, Les Glòries, that Ildefons Cerdà had envisaged as the geographical centre of his city project. For several years now, the area round Plaça de les Glòries has been undergoing a transformation and redevelopment process with architectural projects commissioned to firms of international prestige. Standing right beside the Auditori is the National Theatre of Catalonia or Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, designed by Ricardo Bofill’s Taller de Arquitectura, and the Agbar Tower, by the French architect Jean Nouvel, which is now one of the landmarks of the city’s skyline. Just past Plaça de les Glòries, the brick factory building of  Farinera del Clot speaks of the industrial past of the 19th and 20th centuries and the new uses of the 21st century. Additionally, three other buildings are planned for the area: the Design Museum or Museu del Disseny by the Bohigas, Martorell and Mackay team, a hotel by Dominique Perrault, and the Ona building by Federico Soriano. Also of architectural interest is the Archive of the Aragonese Crown, the island-block Fort Pienc with the library and the park at the train station Estació del Nord.

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