This Marijuana Museum is Housed in a Stunning 15th Century Spanish Palace

Barcelona’s Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum has some lavish digs.

When celebrated Spanish moderniste architect Raspall i Mayol Manuel Joaquim renovated the Palau Mornau in 1908, he likely did not foresee its fate as a marijuana museum. Previously, the 15th century palace had been home to the Sancliment family, and then the Mornau family, who commissioned Joaquim to do the remodel. The architect rendered their home in the highly fashionable style of architecture known as Catalan modernisme, which was characterized by curves, natural and organic motifs, and rich, opulent embellishments.

In the past century, however, the building has been ravaged by time. In 2002, the estate was acquired by Ben Dronkers, the founder of Sensi Seed, a cannabis seed bank, and HempFlax, a purveyor of hemp products, and refurbished once again. It’s now home to the Barcelona location of Dronkers’ Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum, which also has a branch in Amsterdam.

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In Barcelona, a Living Wall Is More Than Architecture: It's 'Vegitecture'

For architects in Barcelona, "vegitecture" is the new "green living." They've built a vertical garden straight in the city's residential quarters.

The environmentally-minded designers at Barcelona firm Capella Garcia Arquitectura take the idea of “green living” to heart. Their latest project, helmed by partners Juli Capella and Miguel Garcia, reimagines and reinvents a unsightly wall left behind from a former building demolition. Their solution: a completely natural makeover.

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