Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867-1956) was a disciple of Domènech i Montaner and is considered the last representative of Catalan Modernism and the first of Noucentisme. Architect, historian, politician and cultural promoter, is one of the most notable Catalan personalities of the 20th century.
The streets of Barcelona house a dozen of residences, as well as industrial works such as the wonderful Casaramona Factory, today the headquarters of the CaixaForum. One of his most celebrated works is Casa Amatller, an urban Gothic palace that features elements of Dutch art. Other famous works of his are the Palau del Baró de Quadras and, especially, the Casa de les Punxes (“House of the Spikes”).
His ability to combine apparently irreconcilable styles is fascinating: He blends architectonical elements from the traditional Medieval Catalan architecture with external ones from the evocative atmospheres of central and northern Europe.
An unconventional historicism
Puig’s architectural synthesis could be kitsch in other hands, but his romantic vision becomes avant-garde architecture mainly because his designs avoid conventional historicism following the postulates of a modernism style strongly enriched with his own personal poetry.
Puig was nicknamed poeta de les pedres (“stones poet”) because his work is diverse and imaginative.
Casa de les Punxes, originally called Casa Terrades, was a challenge and became a symbol of his criticism of the Eixample urban plan developed by Ildefons Cerdà in 1860. Despite its Modernista style, Casa Terrades was consciously detached from all the existing architectural patterns to date and became the only modernist building in Barcelona at four winds and with three main accesses, as it has come to us.
This route will assist you in finding the most interesting Modernista works by Puig i Cadafalch in Barcelona, ordered by importance.