Silence is Grey by Juan Sebastián Rodríguez Moranta in Barceloneta Sea, Barcelona, Spain

My work explains the fascinating and tense point where the city and the sea and the city and the mountains converge. Trying to show, in a far from forward way, Barcelona’s branding. It’s a calm look, like the one of a tree or a stone.

Name:Juan Sebastián Rodríguez Moranta

Architect, publicist, photographer


Understanding. Not just for the pleasure to gather knowledge but to walk the road. I’m also interested on returning again and again to the same subjects, as an only guaranty to get the whole truth, to the point of obsession. And the beauty. Even the beauty in the small things. And the beauty of ugliness.

Tell us about the place you live:

Barcelona has sea and mountains just five minutes from downtown. It is both feminine and masculine. Sometimes very natural, sometimes very artificial. It has a great concern for architecture and design.

A perfect day?

A cloudy day. Cloudy days are unpredictable, like a partner you never fully get to know. My project, “Silence is Grey,” was built because of that fascination.

What is the best thing about your spot?

It is an inspiring city, full of cultural activities, beautiful places, and a very comfortable place to live. And the Boqueria Market.

What is the worst?

Sometimes excessive tourism it’s unbearable… souvenir shops and pickpockets.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

The character of its neighborhoods: Raval, Gothic, Born, Gracia, Poble sec, Poble Nou, etc. Each has its own charisma. You would like to live a lifetime in each of them.

If your city was a person or character who would it be?

A perfect mix between Jean Luc Godard and Raffaella Carrà. Because it has a deep and exhibitionistic dimensions at the same time.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

If I had to choose, I would say photographers Roni Horn, Martin Parr and William Eggleston, architects John Pawson and Alvaro Siza, and electronic musicians Ryuichi Sakamoto, Blixa Bargled and Max Richter. And many other, less known, that you sometimes meet in a bar or on the street. There are many amazing people out there.


Name:Juan Sebastián Rodríguez Moranta


Favorite place to eat:

La China. C/ Pintor Fortuny, 3. Barcelona Tfno: 93 3429628.

Favorite place to drink:

Marsella (In the Raval neighborhood).

Favorite shop:

Casanova Foto

Local Tip:

Go far away from La Rambla

Must Do:

To walk by the beach at seven in the morning and climb Montjuic Mountain at eight in the evening.