The iconic modernist building Casa Terrades, popularly known as La Casa de les Punxes will open its doors to the public at the Puig i Cadafalch museum this summer 2016. This building is located in Diagonal Avenue, one of the largest and most important avenues of Barcelona. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark ( Monumento Histórico Naciona) in 1975. In 1976, it was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest (Bien Cultural de Interés Nacional).
Photo: © Jordi Folch
The building's history began when Bartomeu Terrades i Mont, a textile industrialist, married Angela Brutau and had four children. The death of his father meant that he was left as an heir, leaving a small fortune to his wife and daughters. In 1903, thanks partly to that inheritance, the architects Puig and Cadafalch were commissioned to design a property for the three sisters. The result was the building of different architectural trends, with six pointed towers, which gives it an appearance of a medieval castle.
One of the most striking features of the building includes the six towers in a striking red colour, crowned by their respective conical needles, hence the popular name of Casa de les Punxes.
The facade was built with brick and you can see some beautiful ceilings decorated with different floral motifs (there are many), in modernist style. Stained-glass windows have been designed by Eduard Amigó. There are many carved figures with neo-Gothic references, the work of Alfons Juyol. The balconies are wrought iron work of Manuel Ballarin.
Ceramic Josefa panels represent a sundial, a calendar, and the four zodiac signs that are associated with the four seasons (Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn). Elsewhere in the facade, another ceramic panel depicting San Jorge slaying the dragon. Nearby is a male figure with round glasses represents the architect. On the facades of Avenida Diagonal, the facade of sister Rosa on ceramic panels represent a vase filled with roses, a girl surrounded by roses, sailors' ropes, fruits, daisies, etc.
The Terrades sisters died childless and the sole heir to their fortune was their brother Bartomeu Terrades. Currently the house is privately owned.
A good option to enjoy La Casa de les Punxes, whenever you feel the need to view its beauty, is to buy or rent a home in this area. To do this, it is advisable to contact Engel & Völkers Barcelona, the specialists in finding you an ideal place to live.