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Casa Terradas - "Casa de les Punxes"

Casa Terrades - Casa de les Punxes

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 Terradas 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 six turrets. The nickname, "Casa de les Punxes", comes from the conical roofs, which end in a spike.

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".

General details

Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 420 (08036). Barcelona
Opening time: A consultar.

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Accessibility details

The Casa de les Punxes has very few architectural barriers.
The building is well adapted for wheelchair users and visitors with sensory impairment.

People with the disability card are entitled to reduced admission and free admission for their companion.

An audioguide available in 10 languages is included with the ticket.

Guide and assistance dogs are allowed throughout the building.

To request a visit adapted to the specific needs of a group, pre-booking is essential. Call 930 185 242 or email

Visual impairment
There are a series of tactile elements inside one of the turrets on the terrace: reproductions of paving stones, tiles, pieces of wrought iron, etc.

The lifts have signs and button panels in raised lettering and Braille.
Guide dog Tactile elements
Hearing impairment
The audioguides can be used with hearing aids as the receiver has a built-in magnetic loop.

There are two small tables with sign guides (in Catalan sign language) for hearing-impaired visitors who can sign.
Induction loop Sign language
Motor impairment
Entrance and reception:
Access inside the building, from the pavement on Diagonal, is practically step free. The reception desk is dual height: 130 cm and 90 cm.

Mobility inside the building:
Visitors can move around the different rooms and floors of the building with ease. The terrace is reached via a lift and is an open-plan space with no barriers. Most of the circular turrets on the roof are accessible to wheelchair users, although the upper level can only be reached by a spiral staircase.
There are seats throughout the building where people can rest during their visit.

The door is 80 cm wide. The interior of the cabin is 90 cm wide and 130 cm deep. It holds 6 people.

There are adapted toilets in the bar on the ground floor and on the terrace.
The cubicle door is 80 cm wide. There is a fixed grab bar on the left of the WC, and a fold-down grab bar on the right.
There is a space under the washbasin to provide wheelchair users with frontal access.

Bar and shop:
They are located on the ground floor and are well adapted for wheelchair users.

Last update: 06/06/2019

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