Shadow of a Doubt

“Shadow of a Doubt” is a permanent architectural installation on the roof of a 19th century apartment building in Barcelona’s Sant Antoni neighbourhood that consists of a triangular piece of textile mounted above a private roof terrace belonging to a German opera director. Visible from the triangularly shaped Plaza de Goya, the hovering silhouette seeks to draw attention to Barcelona’s eccentric roof-scape, the informal, organic architecture of which contrasts sharply with the gridded and orderly street-scape below while largely remaining out of sight to the majority.

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Actually, it’s just a ready-made shade sail I was hired to install by a friend-of-a-friend who wanted to make his roof terrace enjoyable in the summertime; nothing more, really. The pretentious archi-speak is merely ornamentation.

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About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, CIEE Architecture and Design program, as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

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