A tour de force of Catalan Modernism, Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s privately owned masterpiece underwent a lengthy and lovingly executed restoration. Though it isn't open to the public, it's still worth seeing from the outside.
It may well appear to the on looker as a fairytale medieval castle and the sheer scale of it’s presence here in the Eixample district is conspicuous. Its six monumental conical towers, tiled and decorated lavishly, make Casa Terradas one of the most recognisable landmarks on the city’s skyline and earnt it it’s nickname ‘The House of Spikes’.
The only freestanding structure in the entire neighbourhood, its construction was comissioned to leading contemporary architect, politician and historian Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The project was completed in 1905.
From the ground level, arches and columns rise up, decoratively topped with flowers, making way for ceramic panels that are rich with patriotic symbolism, for instance the reference to Saint Georges. The façade showcases stylistic features typical of Art Nouveau/Catalan Modernism including wrought-iron balconies and decorative leadwork by Manuel Ballerin and stained glass windows by Eduard Amigó.
Though visits are no longer available, the groundfloor hosts a restaurant/café that is open to the public.
Casa de les Punxes
Av. Diagonal, 420, 08037 Barcelona