Monday, 11 January 2016

Admiring The Architecture Of Barcelona

It's not all Gaudi, all the time in Barcelona. OK, well, it sort of is. Definitely. But there are buildings designed by other talented architects to walk by, turn a glance to.

It's hard to lose Gaudi, he's everywhere. Along Passieg de Gracia, Gaudi's Casa Batlo (on the right) shares the block with Josep Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller. Mere fantasy hanging out with absurdity.

A Gaudi detail, a fabulous fence at his first Barcelona commission, Casa Vicens. A Salvador Valeri i Pupurull Art Nouveau nugget apartment building, Casa Comalat.

Casa de les Punxes, the nickname, meaning, "house of spikes." It was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch for three sisters who wanted to re-develop the property into apartments for themselves. That's right, this building is a whopping three apartments. High living in Barcelona around 1905.

Moving down the street in the same Eixample neighborhood, we come to Palau Baro de Quadras, another Cadafalch work. A bit Gothic on the outside, full-on tiled Moderniste on the inside lobby/driveway. Built in 1904.

A few blocks away sits a fancy mansion called Palau Montaner, now used by the Madrid government as its offices in Catalonia. Lluis Domenech i Montaner finished the building in 1893.

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