Getaway Casa Terrades or Casa de les PunxesAccess
Av. Diagonal, 420 Barcelona
Telf: (+34) 930 180 959
We all know that it is one of the most important tourist attractions in Barcelona; in fact, it is one of the most photographed buildings in the city. But what many do not know is that in the summer of 2016 (and only until 2020) the doors were opened to the public, for the first time in history, thus allowing access to the interior. And I had the privilege of visiting it!
Bartomeu Terradas was a renowned textile industrialist married to Ángela Brutau from Sabadell, with whom he had four children: Rosa, Bartolomé, Josefa and Àngela. His son commissioned the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch to create a house for each of his sisters in the same building. The land had an irregular shape with six corners that coincided with the intersections of the three streets and that were crowned with six pointed towers that give the popular name of the "Casa de les Punxes".
The design of the building is inspired by the Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria (Germany). The main façade was located on Avinguda Diagonal and facing Passeig de Gràcia. This was the best way for the Terradas family to show their sumptuousness and, therefore, their social status (as all the bourgeois families in the city did).
This amazing building is one of the most emblematic of Barcelona and Catalonia. In 1975 it was declared a national historical monument. Currently, it is privately owned. It cannot be visited, but it can be rented for coworking or for private events. If you need and/or want help organizing an event there, don't hesitate to send me an mail!
On the facade there are many symbolisms. I recommend to observe them: obsession with nature, emblems of each of the owners (angels, roses, initials...), etc. On the other hand, there is an evident break with the architectural tradition with the use of iron.
The terrace is an open space with an area of more than 600 m2, where the towers are on the sides. The largest tower, located on the corner of Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Rosselló, has three levels and offers a privileged view of the city.
I was delighted with the visit because it allowed me to learn better about the history of the bourgeoisie of my city; who, in short, was the best promoter of Catalan modernism.
Very close there is Molino de Pez. They offer good products cooked on the grill. I love it!Kids