Fine dining in a Gaudí palace
Gaudí finished this office-residence complex just before taking on the Parc Güell. Casa Calvet (1898–1900) is a sturdy and, for him, surprisingly symmetrical stone and iron glance back to the Baroque. But even here, in his most conservative building, details show his hand – the ironwork on the façade and in the vestibule, the two crosses on the cornice, the lavish first-floor tribuna (the large bay window common in Eixample houses, providing both a ringside seat over the street and the showcase for family display) and the whimsical plate shaped like a bedbug under the knocker. The columns on the facade are another little joke; Calvet was a textile manufacturer, and the columns are meant to look like stacks of bobbins.
Oddly enough, the Casa Calvet was built like a medieval merchant's palace: business offices on the ground floor, and the owner's residence above it. The building won the Ajuntament’s coveted prize as the best building of 1900 – the only award Gaudí ever won.
Now it contains one of the city’s finest restaurants, simply called Casa Calvet. The cooking is Mediterranean and inventive for a big splurge: .
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