When the Eixample was laid out, the city fathers expected most of it would turn into suburban villas like this one. They may not have expected the design: a Modernista Moorish medieval family townhouse, with a rare garden by the side.
It was designed in 1901 by Gaudí collaborator Joan Rubió i Bellver while still in his 20s, but already demonstrating his trademark – expressive brick- and stonework, often in angular volumes (as in the wide eaves), and attention to detail. Almost knocked down in the 1980s, the house is now owned by the city and functions as a cultural centre, with art and photo exhibitions and occasional concerts. The interior was inspired by Gaudí’s bishop’s palace in Astorga, and some of the original decoration is intact.
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