Enigmas to discover: The 9 most emblematic modernist buildings in Barcelona
Barcelona remains one of the most charming cities in the world; a destination that captivates, year after year, millions of visitors for its beaches, Mediterranean food and stunning architecture.
Among its urban skyline, we find buildings as famous and emblematic as the Sagrada Familia or the Agbar Tower. However, as you walk through its streets, you will realize that there are unknown buildings, but equally relevant and interesting to see and visit. Several hidden gems of Catalan architecture, which stand out for their exclusivity and the enigmas that surround their construction, design and interior decoration.
Read on carefully and discover with Molins Design the diversity and splendor that characterize the most emblematic modernist buildings in Barcelona. Write them all down so you can visit them!
1. Casa Pàdua (C/Pàdua, 75)
Unknown to many locals, Casa Pàdua becomes an architectural jewel of the city. One of the most emblematic modernist buildings in Barcelona, it perfectly combines modernist elegance with a dreamy interior design and decoration. Designed by the Catalan architect Jeroni Ferran Granell i Manresa in 1903, this single-family house is an outstanding example of the Catalan modernist movement.
In terms of its architecture, Casa Pàdua features an impressive facade that combines different ornamental details in maroon and glazed ceramic tiles in shades of green and blue. The building stands out for its organic shapes and soft curved lines, which intertwine in a unique architectural symphony. It also has a heated swimming pool, an outdoor terrace and access to a vertical garden that has been cared for down to the smallest detail.
Inside you can see various period furniture and works of art. In addition to the typical hydraulic mosaic floors, so characteristic of modernist architecture, which add a touch of color and intricate patterns to the interior spaces.
Photo: Rutes de Barcelona
2. Casa Xina (C/ Muntaner, 54)
In 1929, the Valencian architect Juan Guardiola inaugurated the Casa Xina in Barcelona. A building that mixes art deco modernist styles, and would eventually become the family home of his brother, Ferran Guardiola.
It is difficult to catalog the type of architecture of this modernist and emblematic building in Barcelona, although we can interpret it as a type of late modernism. A style that is influenced by the broad culture of its creator and the various trips he made through Asia and Africa.
The lower part of the Casa Xina has imposing Ionic columns, which are combined in the upper part with different oriental forms and other Arab style elements distributed throughout the building.
3. Casa Comalat (Av. Diagonal, 442)
Designed by architect Salvador Valeri i Pupurull, this masterpiece was built between 1906 and 1911. An enigmatic building of the Catalan city, it stands out for its modernist style and rich ornamentation.
The architecture of the Casa Comalat is a fascinating mix of Gothic, Mudejar and modernist elements. The façade features a combination of glazed ceramics and wrought iron, creating a distinctive and detailed appearance. The curved forms and ornate balconies give a sense of movement and fluidity to the building, while the towers and spires add an air of grandeur.
The interior design of the house takes on a sophisticated and elegant ambiance, characterized by meticulous attention to detail and the use of high-quality materials. Its high ceilings, with hand-painted frescoes, combine perfectly with impressive stained glass windows that filter the light in a magical way, illuminating all the interior spaces. In addition, the furniture and decorative works of art that decorate the space complement the architectural beauty of the place.
4. Casa Sayrach (Av. Diagonal, 423)
Another of Barcelona’s most emblematic modernist buildings is the Sayrach House, located in the prestigious Eixample district. This architectural gem, unknown to many, stands out for its uniqueness and eclecticism. Designed by the modernist architect Manuel Sayrach i Carreras in 1915, its construction represents a perfect fusion between the Gaudí style and elements of Catalan modernism.
The facade is striking for its organic shapes, curved lines and the use of materials such as stone and brick. Particularly noteworthy is the central tower, which rises majestically and is decorated with hand-sculpted details. Wrought iron balconies and arched windows add a touch of grace and delicacy to the structure.
The Sayrach House features an exquisite interior design. Its spaces are richly decorated with ornamental details and finishes reminiscent of the sea. Several noble materials were used for its construction, such as marble, fine woods and artistic stained glass windows. Decorations that undoubtedly reflect an opulent and sophisticated style.
5. Casa Bonaventura Ferrer (Pg. de Gràcia, 113)
The Casa Bonaventura Ferrer is an obligatory stop for all those interested in the history of the city. Known as the ‘palauet’ of Passeig de Gràcia, this architectural work is one of Barcelona’s best-hidden modernist treasures.
Designed by architect Pere Falqués i Urpí in 1905, the house has an original facade made of stone and iron, two of the most common materials used in the modernist style of the time. Both the exterior façade and the interior spaces of the house have a baroque character, reflected in details of vegetal ornamentation and delicate woodwork.
Today, inside the building there is a small hotel in the city, called Palauet Living Barcelona, which is considered a Historic-Artistic Heritage of Barcelona.
Photo: Ajuntament de Barcelona
6. Casa Enric Batlló (Pg. de Gràcia, 75)
On the corner of Passeig de Gràcia and Mallorca street is located Casa Enric Batlló. This 19th century mansion was built by the Catalan architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas in 1891.
Being one of the most emblematic modernist buildings in Barcelona, the house not only stands out for its facade, but also for its location, since it is only one block away from La Pedrera. On the one hand, it combines exposed brick with ceramics, stone and wrought iron balconies. All this results in a building of neo-Gothic inspiration of great beauty.
Today, inside the Casa Enric Batlló is a fascinating luxury hotel, the Monument Hotel 5*GL, and on the first floor is the boutique of the prestigious watchmaker Rolex.
Photo: Barcelona Paseo de Gracia
7. Hotel Catalonia (C/Bergara, 11)
The Hotel Catalonia is an outstanding example of contemporary architecture that combines modern interior design and elegant decoration. Its interior design features a contemporary façade that blends harmoniously with the urban environment. In fact, its basic construction materials, such as glass and steel, give it an avant-garde and elegant look.
When entering the interior of the hotel, one discovers a modern and functional type of interior design that combines style and comfort. The spaces are carefully designed to offer a pleasant experience to guests. Therefore, the choice of furniture contemplates straight lines and elegant finishes.
The decoration of the Hotel Catalonia is designed to provide a balance between style and functionality. Neutral and soft colors are used to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere, while carefully selected details, such as contemporary artwork and decorative design elements, add touches of elegance and personality to the spaces.
Photo: Autumn Spring
8. Casa de les Punxes (Av. Diagonal, 420)
The Casa de les Punxes, also known as Casa Terradas, is another of Barcelona’s most emblematic modernist buildings. Designed by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this impressive house was built between 1903 and 1905, becoming today one of the most recognized and sophisticated interior designs in the city.
The architecture of the Casa de les Punxes is remarkable for its Gothic style and imposing presence. The building is composed of several towers that resemble spires, hence its name “Casa de les Punxes”. The façade is adorned with detailed decorative elements, such as ceramic mosaics, stained glass windows and other unique and striking sculptures.
Stepping inside the Casa de les Punxes, one discovers an equally impressive interior design. The interior spaces are designed with a mixture of styles, ranging from Gothic elements to modernist and neo-Gothic influences. The building’s high ceilings stand out, accompanied by elaborate moldings, pointed arches and other carved wooden details.
9. Casa Roviralta (Av. Tibidabo, 31)
Casa Roviralta, located in the exclusive Pedralbes neighborhood of Barcelona, is a magnificent example of Catalan modernist architecture. Designed by the renowned architect Joan Rubió i Bellver, this residence is characterized by combining dreamy decorative elements with an impressive architectural structure.
Its facade is elegant and majestic, highlighted by its curved lines and its mix of materials, such as stone, brick and wrought iron. Inside is a design that perfectly combines functionality with aesthetic beauty. All its spaces are designed to maximize comfort and luminosity. At the same time, the high ceilings and large windows allow natural light to flood the rooms, creating a feeling of spaciousness and warmth.
The decoration of Casa Roviralta is a combination of classic elements and modernist details. The hydraulic mosaic floors, typical of Catalan modernism, feature geometric patterns and vibrant colors. In addition, the furniture and decorative pieces are carefully selected to complement the architectural style and create a harmonious atmosphere.
Photo: Tot Barcelona