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Casa de les Punxes

The 'House of Spikes’

Casa de les Punxes, Barcelona, Spain

It's a pigeon-hater’s dream: Puig i Cadafalch’s massive neo-Gothic apartment block, the Casa Terrades, better known as the Casa de les Punxes (1906) or ‘House of Spikes’, bristling with the pointiest of witch’s hat roofs and spires and lavishly decorated with ironwork, a sun dial and ceramic panels. The effect is heightened by the fact that it’s the only free-standing house in the Eixample.

Casa de les Punxes, Barcelona, Spain

As you’d expect on a house by Puig, there’s a figure of St George, but also an inscription: ‘Patron of Catalunya, restore our freedom.’ It may have managed to survive the Franco years, but Puig’s career as an architect did not: after the Civil War he was forbidden to build.

It's the newest of the Modernista masterpieces to be opened to the public.

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Diagonal 420

Hours 10am-7pm daily, last entrance at 6pm

Adm: adults €13.50 with audioguide, guided €20; students and over 65s €11.50 with audioguide, €16; ages 8-18 €10 with audioguide, €16 guided. Buy tickets online.

+34 930 18 52 42

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by dconvertini