Top modernist buildings in Barcelona that are not designed by Gaudí
When talking about Barcelona’s architecture, most of the people think about Gaudí. Of course the genius artist has changed the image of the city, but Barcelona wouldn’t be as holistic and charming if it wasn’t for the contribution of other very talented architects.
Lluís Domènech i Montaner
Palau de la Música
Inaugurated in 1908, the building was made for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement of the Renaixença (Catalan Rebirth). The design of the Palau de la Música is typical of Catalan modernism, where curves predomínate over straight lines, dynamic shapes are preferred over static forms and a rich decoration of floral and other organic objects is used. The building is located in Carrer Palau de la Música, in Casc Antic of Barcelona (Ciutat Vella district). Nowadays host some of the top classic music concerts of Catalunya, Spain and the world.
Built between 1908 and 1910, it is situated in Passeig de Gràcia, next to Diagonal (center of Barcelona). The building has the typical modernist signs of the momento with its big columns made of red stone, trilobal windows and floral decoration. Nowadays the building is a luxury hotel with a nice bar and terrace that host occasional jazz concerts.
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
One of the biggest hospitals of Barcelona (located in the neighborhood of Guinardó), the complex was designed by the Catalan modernist archictect. Together with Palau de la Música Catalunya, it s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the hospital was open in the XV century, it was between 1902 and 1930 when it was renewed by the modernost architect Domènceh i Montaner.
Josep Puig i Cadafalch
The building is inside the modernism style in Barcelona, and along with Casa Batlló (Gaudí) and Casa Lleó-Morera (Domènech i Montaner), it makes the three most important bulidings in Barcelona-as Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord). This block is situated in Passeig the Gràcia with Aragó.
Casa de les Punxes
Designed by the Catalan modernist architect, the buiilding is situated in the intersection of three surrounding streets: Diagonal, Carrer Rosselló and Carrer Bruc (Eixample district) very close to our outstanding vacation rental Plaza Catalunya Residence. The building has a reminiscence of old medieval castles, with elements of different architectural trends and various technical innovations, with six pointed towers crowned by conical spikes. Casa de les Punxes is one of the most emblematic buildings of Barcelona. In 1976 was declared as a historical monument of National interest.
Salvador Valeri i Pupurull
Situated in Diagonal with Carrer Còrsega (Eixample district), the building was built between 1906 and 1911. The facade is made of stone and it is well decorated. It has 12 balconies with their bases decorated sculpturally.
When you are planning the visit to the city, put these sightseeings in your to see list. Those architectural master pieces are not a step behind the creations of Gaudí, they are on the same level. Just keep in mind, Barcelona is not only Gaudí.