Antoni Gaudí, a confirmed bachelor, lived for 20 years in the Park Güell with his elderly father and niece in the Torre Rosa, designed by Francesc Berenguer as a house to show potential buyers—there were none (or so they said), so Gaudí bought it. It’s a rosy-pink cottage with green shutters and creamy swirls around the windows and doors, with a morel-shaped chimney covered with trencadis and a little garden filled with sculpted flowers, which Gaudí wrought from bits of cast-off fencing.
Now the Casa-Museu Gaudí, it contains drawings and examples of the wonderful organic furniture that Gaudí designed for the Palau Güell, the Casa Calvet and Casa Batlló: plush, gold-embossed, curving seats for people with very small behinds; chairs based on bone structures; immense wooden cabinets that seem to ripple along the walls; and dripping stained-glass chandeliers.
Upstairs is Gaudí’s bedroom, incongruously simple with a narrow bed and a framed copy of his prayer book and death mask. A reverential cabinet holds a touchingly sparse collection of his effects, including a napkin ‘used by Gaudí with his initials’. It's almost like visit the abode of a saint, which, if the association sponsoring his beatification has its way, he will almost be.
In the Park Güell, C/ Olot
Hours Oct-Mar 10am-6pm; Apr-Sept 9am-8pm
Adm €5.50, €4.50 ages 11-17 and pensioners
metro: Lesseps. From the station signs point the way to the park: it's about a 20 minute walk.
+34 93 219 38 11
Images by: Yair Haklai, Creative Commons Licence