photo of Villa Quijano (El Capricho) by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet in Comillas, Cantabria

Villa Quijano (El Capricho)

 Comillas, Cantabria

 Antoni Gaudí i Cornet

This house was commissioned by Máximo Díaz de Quijano to be his summer house, close to the palace of his brother in law, the first Marquis of Comillas. In this project the young Gaudí had not yet completely adopted his definitive Modernist style, but shows his fantasy combining a contemporary vision of architecture with the adoption of neomudéjar elements. The project was realized between 1883 and 1885 under the direction of the architect Cascante Colom.

The building has a long ground floor with two upper levels and a basement for garage and services. Over the four columns of the entrance there stands a very special tower that breaks the unity of the the building. The façade is made of brick adorned with ceramics. The forged iron is present in the balustrades and around the tower.

The building is today a high standing restaurant.

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