Walking Tour: More Modernisme in L’Eixample
- Start Casa Calvet
- End Palau Macaya
- Length 4km; one hour
Gaudí’s most conventional contribution to L’Eixample is Casa Calvet, built in 1900. Inspired by baroque, the noble ashlar facade is broken up by protruding wrought-iron balconies.
Casa Enric Batlló was completed in 1896 by Josep Vilaseca (1848–1910), part of the Comtes de Barcelona hotel. The brickwork facade is especially graceful when lit up at night.
Puig i Cadafalch let his imagination loose on Casa Serra (1903–08), a neo-Gothic whimsy that is today home to government offices. With its central tower topped by a conical roof, grandly decorated upper-floor windows and tiled roof, you'll find yourself pondering what a strange house it must have been to live in for its former residents.
Casa Comalatis, built in 1911 by Salvador Valeri (1873–1954), is similarly striking. Note Gaudí's obvious influence on the main facade, with its wavy roof and bulging balconies. Head around the back to Carrer de Còrsega to see a more playful facade, with its windows stacked like cards.
Completed in 1912, Casa Thomas was one of Domènech i Montaner’s earlier efforts – the floral motifs and reptile figurines are trademarks and the massive ground-level wrought-iron decoration (and protection?) is magnificent. Wander inside to the Cubiña design store to admire his interior work including brick columns.
Casa Llopis i Bofill is an interesting block of flats designed by Antoni Gallissà (1861–1903) in 1902. The graffiti-covered facade is particularly striking to the visitor’s eye. The use of elaborate parabolic arches on the ground floor is a clear Modernista touch, as are the wrought-iron balconies.
Puig i Cadafalch’s Palau Macaya, 1901, has a wonderful courtyard and features the typical playful, pseudo-Gothic decoration that characterises many of the architect’s projects. It belongs to La Caixa bank and is occasionally used for temporary exhibitions, when visitors are permitted to enter.