Casa Comalat – a captivating building from the end of the modernist era

Always on the look-out for exciting, modernist style architecture in Barcelona we ventured to one of the more overlooked buildings to see here, Casa Comolat – a building that stands proudly as a tribute to Catalonia’s favourite son, Antoni Gaudí.

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Completed in 1911 by Catalan architect and friend of Gaudí, Salvador Valeri i Pupurull, the five-story building was seen as a worthy monument that, in the words of art historian Conso Bancells, “would compete perfectly with Casa Batlló or La Pedrera” and “has an impressive decorative show that seeks inspiration in floral, vegetable, animal, geometric, organic and figurative motifs”.

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Borrowing many of these design elements from the prodigal son himself, the architecture could easily be mistaken for being one of the master’s own.

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The modernist building with its art nouveau style has two facades; the front being more traditional but with shapes reminiscent of Gaudí’s style.

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The rear looking totally different with a free and expressive style, with features almost borrowed from Gaudi’s own organic forms.

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The building is privately owned meaning that, sadly, you can’t go inside, but you can often find the door open giving you a peak of the interior.

Building address – Avinguda Diagonal, 442, 08037 Barcelona

Things to see nearby – Casa Battlo, La Sagrada Familia


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