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Casa de les Punxes

A house from a medieval fairy tale

Declared a Historic Monument of National Interest in 1975, Casa de les Punxes, located at the heart of the Modernisme route, opened its doors to the public in 2016. Its appearance is similar to that of a castle from a fairy tale with its six pointed towers. It is actually called Casa Terradas and was designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who was inspired by the medieval period and the legend of Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia.

Why visit Casa de les Punxes?

Casa de les Punxes, built in 1905, is one of Barcelona’s most original houses. The forms of this house designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch were inspired by medieval Gothic architecture and, more specifically, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. Occupying a triangular block in the Eixample district, it became known as Casa de les Punxes due to the six punxes or spikes of its towers, located at the intersections of the three streets that surround the building: Avinguda Diagonal, Carrer del Rosselló and Carrer del Bruc.

Its original name is Casa Terradas, given that it was Àngela Brutau, the widow of the entrepreneur Bartomeu Terradas, who commissioned the project to Puig i Cadafalch. Specifically, she wanted three buildings in one, one for each of her daughters: Àngela, Josefa and Rosa. The result was a building that is reminiscent of old medieval castles and combines elements from different architectural currents, such as Gothic architecture with Modernista ornamentation.

The ground floor is built in stone, with the forms of the arches and columns decorated with floral and abstract motifs; while red brick is used for the upper floors.

Craftsmen like Enric Monserdà and Alfons Juyol collaborated on the construction of the decorative elements of this building. The roof, the house’s most majestic element, is dedicated to the architect and his collaborating artists in recognition of their work.

The building was fully restored in 2003. In 2016 it was opened to the public to exhibit one of the main floors and the terraces, which also act as a venue for small shows.

 

How do you get to Casa de les Punxes?

Hop off at the Passeig de Gràcia – La Pedrera stop on the Red and Blue Routes of Barcelona Bus Turístic and follow Avinguda Diagonal to the corner of Carrer de Roger de Llúria.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? On the facade, in the frame of the panel of Saint George, you can see the face of a male figure, with round eyes, a receding hairline and thick lips. It is the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
  • Local’s tip: Go up to the roof for spectacular views of Barcelona.
  • A must: To recognise the importance and power of early 20th-century entrepreneurs, who were behind the construction of numerous Modernista buildings like Casa de les Punxes in the heart of the Eixample district.