photo of Casa Terrades (Casa de Les Punxes) by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in Barcelona, Eixample district

Casa Terrades (Casa de Les Punxes)

 Barcelona, Eixample district

 Josep Puig i Cadafalch

Casa Terrades is among the most spectacular Modernist works to be seen in Barcelona. The popular name 'Casa de Les Punxes' is Catalan for 'needle house'. Commissioned in 1905, it’s unique not only because of its imposing size, but also because of its expansive façade facing all four directions of the compass.

The building was constructed on an irregular-sized land plot as a residence for all three sisters from the Terrades family; yet, it defies the conventional ideal of a multi-family house. Puig i Cadafalch envisaged a Medieval-like structure displaying strong influences of the European Gothic. One of the most recognisable features of the building are six tall towers topped with conical needles. The elaborate facade is made of brick with stone decorations and balconies adorned with floral motifs.

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