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.

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Casa Comalat is pretty close to the intersection of Avenida Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia, and only two blocks away from Gaudí’s La Pedrera.

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Casa Comalat was built by architect Salvdor Valeri i Purpurull in 1909-1911. The main facade on Diagonal Avenue is entirely built in stone, with curved balconies with floral motifs and windows surrounded by intricate garlands.

 
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The rear facade, on Carrer de Còrsega, features colourful ceramic mosaics designed by Valencia-born ceramic artist and set designer Lluís Bru Salelles (with whom all famous modernist architects, including Antoni Gaudí and Domènec i Montaner, have worked).
 
The parabolic arches of the ground floor windows, the organic treatment of the stone and also the light green wooden galleries of the upper floors definitely set apart this building from the surrounding ones.
 
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Salvador Valeri i Pupurull (1873-1954) was an architect known for his work of modernist style. He studied at the Polytechnic School of Madrid and the School of Architecture of Barcelona where he obtained the title of architect in 1899. The vegetal and organic undulations motifs characterize his spectacular way of work, and bring his vision closer to that of the Art Nouveau. He is best known for his most emblematic work, Casa Comalat. Other outstanding buildings are the tower of Sant Jordi (Barcelona, ​​1908), the casino of San Andrés de la Barca (1924) and the Ciclop factory (Igualada, 1944).


Sources:

https://arvilamagna.com/espacio-arquitectonico/

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Valeri


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