IED Barcelona is located in a new seat of more than 5,000 m2 inaugurated in 2011. The building, conceived by the studio Franconi González Architects in collaboration with ProA Solutions studio, is the result after reforming and restoring a former textile factory of Gràcia, a neighbourhood with a strong personality and a long industrial tradition.
The new Higher School of Design is composed of four floors where values and benefits of Design for All are integrated with the aim of stimulating creative experimentation and dialogue between students and different disciplines. The building gives priority to open and flexible spaces, distributed over the first and second floor, which facilitate intervention and collective work. The rest of the building houses the new classrooms, the Media Library and the workshops, adapted to the different training areas of Fashion, Design, Visual Communication and Management for Creative Industries. Some of its spaces, such as the Aula Magna and the Open Space, are also devoted to conferences and events.