Barcelona, Eixample district
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet
Casa Calvet was built for a textile manufacturer and it served as both a commercial property and a residence. Gaudí scholars agree that this building is the most conventional of his works, partly because it had to be squeezed in between older structures and partly because it was sited in one of the most elegant sections of Barcelona. Its symmetry, balance and orderly rhythm are unusual for Gaudí's works. However, the curves and double gable at the top, the projecting oriel at the entrance, almost baroque in its drama, and isolated witty details are modernista elements.
Bulging balconies alternate with smaller, shallower ones. Mushrooms above the oriel at the center allude to the owner's favorite hobby. Columns flanking the entrance are in the form of stacked bobbins, an allusion to the family business of textile manufacture.