the section of the Paseo de Gracia between Calle Aragó and Calle
Consell de Cent is the Discord Block,
which is so called as it includes three buildings by three of the
best architects of Modernist Barcelona: Puig i Cadafalch, Domènech
i Montaner and Gaudí
house was built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner between the years 1902
and 1906, the best period of the Catalan architect. The sculptors
Eusebi Arnau and Antoni Serra i Fiter worked with him. The first
floor of this building houses the Tourist Board of Barcelona and
two doors down is the Perfume Museum, where we find a collection
of aromatic substances from antiquity to the present day.
Puig i Cadafalch built this charming edifice of Gothic inspiration
between 1890 and 1900, commissioned by the Amatlleruna family, one
of the most powerful of the former Catalan bourgeoisie. Since the
year 1941 the building has housed the Institut Amatller de l´Art
Hispànic: a private foundation which collects and preserves photographs
(over 500,000, all documented) and bibliographic material on the
plastic arts from Spanish-speaking countries.
is at number 43 Passeig de Gràcia and was designed by the most famous
modernist architect of all times: Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926).
He erected it between the years 1904 and 1906, the decoration and
the ornamentation being entrusted to the best professionals of the
city: Josep Mª Jujol, Joan Rubió i Bellver, Sebastià Ribó, the Badia
brothers, etc. The most important aspect of the Batlló house is
its avant-garde and personal design with lights and almost psychedelic
MILÀ: LA PEDRERA
the supreme work of art of the Golden Square and of Gaudí. It is
at number 92 Passeig de Gràcia and was the last of the buildings
of l´Eixample to be built (between 1905 and 1910). All of the structural
designs, the inner space and furniture, down to the smallest details,
chimneys, banisters, door knobs, etc., are the work of the great
Gaudí, who was rewarded posthumously when the UNESCO declared La
Pedrera to be a World Heritage site.
Pedrera adopts such unimaginable shapes that neither lasers nor
current advanced architectural technology are capable of taking
down, processing and elaborating the details of the building" -
these were the words of the architect in charge of the restoration
between the years 1987 and 1992, Rafael Vila Rodríguez.
gives us an idea of the architectural complexity of the building
and of how far ahead of his time was the architect from Reus, Antoni
Milà is the current head office of the Foundation of the Caixa de
Catalunya, a financial entity which paid for the complete restoration
of the building. It can be visited free every day except for holidays,
in groups with a guide.
crossing Avenida Diagonal, at number 132 Passeig de Gràcia, is the
Casa Fuster, by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner,
built between the years 1908 and 1911. The architecture of the building
is a mixture of two very different classicist styles - the Venetian
and the Gothic. The famous poet Salvador Espriu had his office in
the tower of this building.