A large Gothic castle standing in the middle of Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal catches the eye of any visitor to the city. The “Casa de les Punxes” (House of Spikes) is really a residential block built in the shape of medieval castle which is one of the most recognisable modernista landmarks on the Barcelona skyline.
The Terrades sisters owned three buildings standing between the Avinguda Diagonal, Carrer Rosselló and Carrer Bruc. Josep Puig i Cadafalch was commissioned to redevelop the buildings and linked them together on one site behind a vast brick façade. His project, which was completed in 1905, resulted in an imposing triangular structure which rises up like a grand medieval castle with four turrets, one on each corner. The nickname, “Casa de les Punxes”, comes from the conical roofs, which end in a spike.
The house is privately owned and not open to visitors, but the exterior delights anyone who goes to take a closer look. The brickwork on the façade blends with the wrought-iron on the balconies, designed by Manuel Ballarín, the neo-Gothic style sculptural reliefs by Alfons Juyol, and stained-glass windows by Eduard Amigó. The ceramic panels surmounting the façade refer to the patriotic symbols of Catalonia. Another example of the nationalism that often imbues Catalan modernisme.
How to get there: Metro L4 and L5, stop Verdaguer.| Bus 20, 39, 45 and 47.
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- Casa Batlló
- Casa Calvet
- Casa Comalat
- Casa Lleó Morera
- Casa Terrades - "Casa de les Punxes"
- Casa Thomas
- Casa Sayrach
- Church of La Concepció
- Fountain of Diana, Venanci Vallmitjana
- Fundació Alorda Derksen
- Fundació Antoni Tàpies
- Fundació Francisco Godia
- Fundació Suñol
- Fundació Vila Casas. Espai Volart and Espai Volart 2
- La Pedrera
- Monument to Dr Robert
- Museu del Modernisme Català (Mmcat)
- Museu Geològic del Seminari de Barcelona
- Museu Egipci de Barcelona
- Palau Baró de Quadras
- Plaça de Catalunya
- Passeig de Gràcia
- Palau Montaner
- Rambla de Catalunya
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