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Casa de les Punxes

The modernistic building reminds of the castle Neuschwanstein - book tickets for the admission

The Casa de les Punxes breaks with all architectural conventions. This majestic mansion, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, was built in 1905. It commemorates of the Neuschwanstein Castle, a medieval castle in Bavaria, and shows the influence of various architectural movements, countless technical innovations and a wealth of decorative elements of great artistic value, including stained glass, wrought iron, ceramics and sculptures. 



 

Included Services

  • Admission to Casa de les Punxes
  • Audiovisual show
  • Audioguide in several languages: German, English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Russian

Casa de les Punxes is worth visiting

Today you can not only visit, but also experience the extremely remarkable Casa de les Punxes: visitors are guided through the interactive exhibition with modern technical means and get to experience the struggle of Saint Georges with the dragons first-hand. The story of the dragon slayer is played on floor-to-ceiling projection surfaces. In a bunk, the image surface is multiplied over a mirror prism to infinity, whereby an effect of three-dimensional depth is achieved. The visitors can look forward to more exciting installations right up to the top of the towers.

The Casa de les Punxes was only reopened to the public in 2017. It is a masterpiece of Modernsime full of details by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and was restored in a caring way.

History of Casa de les Punxes

Bartomeu Terradas i Mont was born in Figueras in 1846 and was considered a well-known textile retailer in Barcelona. He came to wealth through a brisk overseas trade with textiles produced in Catalonia. As a result, his family belonged to the wealthy citizens of Barcelona. The family had a total of four children: the three daughters Rosa, Josefa and Àngela and the son Bartomeu.

The patriarch Terradas i Mont was always concerned for the welfare of his female family members as well, which was unusual at the time. After his death in 1901, he left behind a considerable sum of money, which was divided among his wife and four children. From these legacies a building for the three daughters was financed and built: The Casa de les Punxes.

In 1903, the son Bartomeu Terradas Brutau took over the project for the construction of the house. He commissioned the friendly architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch for a first draft. Between 1903 and 1905, this fairytale-like structure was built according to the plans of the modernist architect.

This spectacular building is one of the characteristic buildings of Barcelona. At the same time, it is a key work to understand the Catalan Art Nouveau movement.

In 1975 it was honored as a historic monument.

Currently it is privately owned and offers space for various offices, for sightseeing as well as for events. After long restoration work, the Casa de les Punxes has been open to the public for the first time since 2016.

The Building

Unlike the rest of the city map of "Eixample", the building was designed on a triangular property. This new design was inspired by the northern European Otto Wagner movement: a block with six corners, coinciding with the intersections of the three surrounding streets, the Avinguda Diagonal, Carrer Rosselló and Carrer Bruc.

The house has six towers that converge conically and end in needle-shaped peaks. This is where the name "Casa de les Punxes" - "house of lace or needles" comes from. The architect Puig i Cadafalch wanted the building to be considered structurally as a whole. Inside, however, the building was supposed to reflect the different characters of the three owners. For example, there is a plastic panel on the facade showing an angel. This figure indicates the daughter Àngela Terradas. Other decorative details reminding of the owners appear in the anagrams. These form a border around the base of the tower and bear the letters ATB, which refer to Ángela Terradas Brutau.

For the construction of the facade mainly brick was used. The brick is loosened up with colorful ceramic parts and natural stone sculptures. In this house, which is cluttered with floral decorations, a selection of shamrocks stand out in the stone reliefs. There is a sundial and a calendar with Roman numerals representing the four signs of the zodiacs: Capricorn for the winter, Aries for the spring, Cancer for the summer, Libra for the autumn. In the upper part of the dial it is written: "Numquam te crastina falls hora", which means "All in good time".

Another ceramic tile represents the history of Saint George. You can see George, or in Catalan Sant Jordi, killing the dragon. Underneath it is written in bold letters: "Santo Patrón de Cataluña devolvednos la libertad" - "Patron Saint of Catalonia, give us back our freedom".

In the facades of Avenida Diagonal and Calle Bruc, you can see two more ceramic tiles. A vase full of roses, with the initials RTB, and on the other side the figure of a girl surrounded by roses. This yard was for sister Rosa Terradas Brutau. Other parts of the facade adorn male figures, some with horns; others, with more specific physiognomies. Other elements such as the sailing knots, which serve to represent the naval power, are clearly visible. As well as the recurring elements such as apples, pomegranates, daisies, roses and shamrocks.


Book tickets for the admission to Casa de les Punxes

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Tickets Casa de Les Punxes 2018 Desired Quantity
2018 - Tickets Casa de Les Punxes (adult) 12.50€
2018 - Tickets Casa de Les Punxes (pensioners 65+) 11.25€
2018 - Tickets Casa de Les Punxes (children 5-18 years) 11.25€
2018 - Tickets Casa de Les Punxes (disabled persons with ID) 11.25€


Important information

Address
Avinguda Diagonal, 420
Phone: +34 930 185 242

Arrival
Metro: Diagonal (L3, L5), Verdaguer (L4, L5)
Bus Turístic: Pg. de Gràcia - La Pedrera

Information on visiting the Casa de les Punxes

You should plan about 1.5 hours for the visit. From the Diagonal metro station it is approx. a 15 minute walk to the Casa de les Punxes. The admission includes an audioguide that will guide you along the tour. On the first floor you will experience the legend of Sant George and how it influenced modernism. The tour ends on the roof, from where you have a beautiful view of the surroundings and learn more about the architect Puig i Cadafalch.



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