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Casa Amatller

The Chocolate House is Part of the Manzana de la Discordia (Block of Discord) - Book Tickets Here

Designed by Puig i Cadafalch, a major Modernisme architect, Casa Amatller is located next to Antoní Gaudí's Casa Batllò and is the first of the three buildings to represent Barcelona's bone of contention ("Manzana de la Discordia"). Here you can book tickets for the admission.

Highlights of Visiting Casa Amatller

  • With video guide or guided tour
  • No determination of time necessary
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  • Admission to Casa Amatller
  • Video-Guide in English, Spanish, Catalan and French or guided tour in English
  • No fixed time reservations necessary, you can go inside whenever you would like to (the guided tours start at 11:00)
  • Daily: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Guided Tour: daily 11:00
  • Closed on December 25

Why is Casa Amatller worth visiting?

Together with Casa Battló and Casa Lleó Morera the Casa Amatller forms the so-called House of Discord. The three buildings were built by the most important architects of the Catalan Art Nouveau, the Modernisme. Although famous in the same era, the buildings show how different the three architects were.

The Casa Amatller has been newly restored and next to the house itself, the museum and the café are also all about the famous Amatller chocolate. The house itself is just beautiful and gives an insight into the life of the "better society" in the early 20th century.

Manzana de la Discordia - the Apple or Block of Discord

"Manzana" means block and apple, an allusion to the competition between the three architects Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch aiming to implement the major contracts of the wealthiest and most respected citizens of Barcelona. Although the houses were all built around the same time, between 1898 and 1906, and form part of the Modernisme, their architecture differs considerably.

Architect Puig i Cadafalch

Josep Puig i Cadafalch, one of the most-known architects of the modernism created the Casa Amatller.

Josep Puig i Cadafalch;

While Gaudí implemented the impulse of the modernism the most and worked a lot with organic elements and round shapes, Puig i Cadafalch orientated himself by more traditional styles from other countries with gothic and Moorish elements. The most striking feature of Casa Lleó Morera (Passeig de Gracia, 35) by Lluís Domènech i Montaner are the many partly pink pillars, some rococo elements and the tempietto on the roof of the house. This makes it seem quite feminine and playful, but also less bold than Gaudí's experiments.

Although both the architects and posterity argued, whether Casa Amatller, Casa Batllò or Casa Lleó Morera were the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona, all three artists Puig i Cadafalch, Antoní Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner saw themselves united to be part of the Renaixenca, which yielded to the Catalan Art Nouveau. Incidentally, like the other two houses Casa Amatller was not newly constructed, but was rebuilt and renovated according to the new, unusual style.

The Chocolate Manufacturer Antoni Amatller

The chocolate manufacturer Antoni Amatller, who developed his grandfather's small chocolate factory into a significant "empire", using the most modern machines for cocoa processing from Switzerland, was the client for Casa Amatller. His advertising posters were designed by famous artists of his time, such as Ramon Casas, which is due to the fact that Antoni Amatller himself was very interested in art and foreign cultures. For example, he owned a collection of antique glass vessels, traveled through Europe and Morocco, Egypt and Turkey and was a passionate amateur photographer. His daughter and him were members of the Club d'Excursionistes de Barcelona, where they regularly held travel lectures.

The Building Casa Amatller

In 1900, the extravagant house on Passeig de Gracia 41 was completed, but only father and daughter moved into the first floor, the Belle Etage, which at the time was the floor of the wealthy. The mother left the family and moved abroad when the daughter was seven years old.

Three essential elements that represent Amatller's three main interests decorate the facade of the house: chocolate, antique glassware and photography. The angular gable with the serrated roof is a corner of a bar of chocolate and is also inspired by typical 17th-century houses in the Netherlands.

The colorful glass elements on the gable and the finely cut glass of the windows, in which the sunlight is reflected differently depending on the time of day and the weather, pay homage to Antoni Amatller's passion for collecting valuable glass vessels.

To make room for the photo studio on the upper floor and to use the natural light, the walls and windows were moved upwards, thereby exceeding the then applicable building regulations. The artistic passion of the customer served Puig i Cadafalch as a welcome excuse.

Furthermore, directly at the entrance you can find the St. George (Sant Jordi), which cannot be missing at any representative building in Barcelona. The house had all kinds of state-of-the-art technology, including a revolving garage; where the café and the chocolate shop are located today.

The café also has seating on a spacious garden terrace, which indicates how large the property once was. Furthermore, Casa Amatller had electric lights that could be switched to gas as well as an electric lift for food - and all that at a time when only five percent of households in Barcelona had electricity.

The Interior Design of Casa Amatller

There was a large sink at the back of the fireplace in the hallway, so that the water was automatically warmed up. By the fireplace you can see a sculpture of two women in a boat, symbolizing Europe and America. The wealth of the Amatllers was based on the trade of cocoa beans with America.

Most of the interior decoration, such as furniture, tiles and floors made of fine wood parquet or mosaic, was designed by Puig i Cadafalch. He also worked together with the sculptors Eusebi Arnau and Alfons Jujol.

On the floor you can discover one motive very often: the almond tree, which means Amatller translated to Spanish. The walls are decorated with colorful tiles from Sevilla in Moorish style. The reception rooms were located at the present courtyard, which formerly consisted of a lush garden.

The bedrooms are located towards the street. The room of daughter Teresa has an ornate bay window, which usually was reserved for the lady of the house. After father and daughter Amatller no one has lived in the house. Teresa Amatler founded a foundation to preserve the house for posterity before her death in the 1960s.

Today you can see the original furniture and interior design as well as part of Amatller's glass collection.

Restoration Work

The restoration was very extensive, all floors, the roof and the facade were completely renovated. In 2007 and 2008, the facade was restored and in June 2009, the Fundació Privada Institute Amatller d'Art Hispánic signed a contract with government agencies and another foundation to further restore the building with a budget of just under € 5 million. As part of the further redevelopment, space was created so that the Fundació Institut Amatller as host of the house could set up their headquarters, the library and Amatller's photo archive on the second floor.

The renovation of the interior of the Casa Amatller lasted from 2009 to 2014. In 2015 the ground floor was converted into a museum and at the same time the house was made accessible to the public.

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Opening times
Daily 10.00 - 18.00
Closed on 25 December

The Amatller Chocolate

"Hoy como ayer - Chocolate Amatller" ("Today like yesterday - Chocolate Amatller") is the most popular advertising slogan of the renowned Amatller chocolate, which has been produced in Barcelona since 1797. At that time, entire streets of Barcelona are thought to have smelt of fine chocolate. The wealthy citizens of the city preferred to have their "chocolate a la piedra" or "la cuita" - freshly grated hot chocolate - prepared right at their homes.

In 1872, the grandson Antoni Amatller took the company over from his father, who had also taken over from his father.

Antoni Amateler's passion for art and its relationships led to the production of advertising posters of the Chocolate Amatller company by important modernist artists such as Rafael de Penagos, Ramon Casas and Alfons Mucha.

Even today, the canned chocolate is offered in the style of Modernsime. The Amatller chocolate can be found everywhere in Barcelona.

In the early 1970s, Chocolate Amatller was acquired by Chocolates Simón Coll, a well-known chocolate manufacturer and one of the few "Bean to Bar" producers - everything from cocoa beans to the finished bar of chocolate is produced by themselves.

The taste of the famous chocolate Amatller is in the Spanish tradition rather fine bitter. The fine chocolate in the art nouveau design is still produced in Barcelona in the most varied flavors from the bean to the final product. The chocolate is known worldwide.