The Works of Architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867-1956)
This amazing modernist building was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch who was a contemporary of Gaudí. It was originally designed as a residence for chocolatier Antoni Amatller and was constructed between 1898 and 1900.
Together with Gaudi’s Casa Battlo and the Casa Lleo Morera designed by Domenech i Montaner, it forms part of the “mansana de la discordia” (buildings in sharply contrasting styles).
Two other buildings by this architect are Casa Macaya and Casa Punxes, both in Barcelona.
Then there is the outside façade with gorgeous patterns and stepped roofline.
The decorative iron balcony is worthy of many photographs, especially from underneath.
The windows often reflect other buildings. So much going on here. The footpath in front of these buildings are usually crowded with people taking a photo or lining up to visit this place or Casa Batllo, one of Gaudi’s most iconic buildings.
There really is so much to capture here, but best of all, zoom in on all those sculpture compositions. My favourite was the rat with a camera.
Even if you don’t get the chance to take a tour of this building, it is worth stepping inside the foyer to photograph the stained-glass roof, the staircase, tiles, lamps and unique glass doors.
I wasn’t aware of any tours inside the building as they are private apartments, and besides everyone is so keen to see Gaudi’s building next door, this one wouldn’t be so popular. Anyway on this particular day we saw people offering free hot chocolate with a tour. Why not, we’ll check it out and finish off with the hot chocolate.
So off we went upstairs (with about 8 other people) to see what was on offer. So much wow everywhere from tiles, wood- panelled walls and floors, furniture, lights and views to the outside through stained glass windows.
These were all ceilings, and there were others as well.
This sure was a decorative fireplace.
There was even a small display of the most exquisite china and jewellery. So glad that photography was allowed as I was able to capture so much of it.
Finally, we visited the chocolate shop for souvenirs and have our “free” chocolate drink. Possibly the best hot (and thick) chocolate ever. It was so rich, we couldn’t finish it. No wonder it was served with dry toasted bread. Besides we still had about an hour’s walk back to our accommodation.
I would thoroughly recommend this place, well both places actually – the beautiful Casa Amatller and its museum upstairs and of course the chocolate shop and cafe.
Also known as Casa Macaya, is a fabulous modernist building, and is the work of Josep Puig I Cadafalch. Although not widely visited by tourists, it is easily recognisable by its façade, which is decorated in white stucco with various stone sculptures. I zoomed in on those little sculptures on either side of the entry door, especially the lady on motorbike and a man with his donkey.
It has an interior courtyard. Look up and see the sky through the stained glass roof.
It has a magnificent staircase leading to the first floor.
Take note of the curved ceiling of the staircase as well. Also the lamps, stained glass windows and tiles.
The beautiful windows are also striking in their unique design and setting. As the building is used for commercial purposes, you cannot go beyond the foyer.
CASA DE LES PUNXES (THE HOUSE OF SPIKES)
Another emblematic building of art nouveau in Barcelona designed by the modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. It was built in 1903.
I only took photos of this building from the outside and only some close-ups as I was running out of time and needed to get back to our accommodation after a long day of walking and sightseeing.
Look up under the balconies for some amazing artwork.
So if you are fan of amazing architecture in Barcelona, I suggest that you seek out all of these places. You won’t be disappointed.