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10 Modernist Buildings You Should Know

Here is a small collection of some of my favourite Modernist buildings in the centre of Barcelona. They are, all, very close to the main touristic attractions such as Casa Battló or La Pedrera, meaning that they are on or within short walking distance from Passeig de Gràcia. I warmly recommend you add them to your map if you’re interesting in seeing just how playful and diverse the architecture of the beginning of the 20th century has been.

Casa Comalat

This Modernist block of apartments is a stunning work of art featuring ample curves and colourful mosaics, a playful composition offering two very different facades.

Palau Baró de Quadras

At first glance, this palace looks like a flamboyant Gothic work. And so it is, but only of inspiration, as this impressive urban palace, Palau Baró de Quadras, is a Modernist project built between 1904 and 1906 by architect Puig i Cadafalch.

Can Serra

Now the headquarters of Barcelona Provincial Council, ​​Can Serra was designed as an urban palace, recalling the old Renaissance-style of a particular house, the Gralla house, a jewel of the Gothic district of Barcelona.

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

A pioneering example of new architecture in the Eixample district, this building marks the transition from eclectic architecture, characteristic of the late 19th century, to the new Modernista (Catalan Art Nouveau) style.

Casa Fuster

An iconic example of  Barcelona’s modernism, and considered to be one of the most expensive built in the city at the time, Casa Fuster by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner marks the very upper limit of Passeig de Gràcia.

Casa Sayrach

One of the last Modernist buildings constructed in Barcelona, Casa Sayrach is locally known as Casa de la nata, or the house of cream, because of the colour of the stone and the shape of the mansard roof.

Casa Ramon Casas

In 1894, painter Ramón Casas-Carbó, belonging to the Catalan high bourgeoisie, commissioned architect Antoni Rovira i Rabassa (1845-1919), the realization … Continue Reading Casa Ramon Casas

Casa Codina

Casa Codina stands right next to Antoni Gaudí’s La Pedrera, on Passeig de Gràcia. Maybe its most outstanding feature are the ample openings of the first two levels, which change completely the proportion of the facade.

Círculo Ecuestre

The headquarters of the Círculo Ecuestre, formerly Casa Pérez Samanillo, is a Modernist urban palace with neo-Gothic details. In 1911 it won the Barcelona City Council award for the best building of the year.

Casa Berenguer

At number 246 on Diputació street, between Balmes and Rambla Catalunya, you can find one of the great modernist works of the city: Casa Berenguer, also known as Casa Clapés or, popularly, La Berenguera.