Casa Amatller, Barcelona
Casa Amatller is a building in the Modernisme style, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
It has been constructed in neo-gothic pseudo Flemish style. He was not only the architect, but mayor of Barcelona and the president of the first after 1714 independent catalonian governments. The house imitated Flemish palaces. Walls of the house from the base up to a roof are covered by various ornaments.
Designed by Joseph Cadafalch, this home was built for wealthy chocolate owner Antonio Amatller, hence the name to claim fame. It is one of those of many renknowned buildings along the Block of discord in Eixample District
The Casa Amatller is adjoining Casa Batllo so I had a look at this interesting building too. It is said to combine Roman, gothic and baroque styles. It is not a Gaudi building, but it has quite a few unusual features.
The Casa Amatller is privately owned, but its interior can be visited on specific days of the week.
Tours are given in Spanish and Catalan every Wednesday at 12pm and in English every Friday at 12pm.
Tastefully blending Moorish, Gothic and Flemish architectural styles, this late 19th century mansion now lies in the most famous Modernista block in Barcelona. With Casa Batlló on one side and Casa Lleó Morera on the other, the conflicting architectural styles earned this block the name Illa de la Discòrdia. The interior of Casa Amatller has a beautiful staircase and a stained glass ceiling (see photos). The building was completed in 1898 by the famous Catalan architect, Josep Puig i Cadafalch. In June/July 2008, Casa Amatller was covered in scaffolding for restoration work.
The "Apple of Discord" is the popular name done to this block of houses (in Spanish we call it "Manzana" or "Apple") where there are three beautiful houses designed by three different architects: Casa Batllo by Antonio Gaudí, Casa Lleó i Morera by Domènech i Montaner and Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch. This original name establishs a paralelism between these three houses and the mythological Judgement of Paris in which the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite fought for the "Apple of Discord", the golden apple, a thropy for the most beautiful of them.
The Amatller House was built in 1900 mixing Gothic and the Dutch styles. Currently it hosts the Amatller Institute and the Modernism Centre, which plan guided visit to the modernist buildings in town.
La "Manzana de la Discordia" es el nombre popular que recibe este conjunto de bloques agrupados en una misma manzana, donde hay tres bonitas casas diseñadas por tres arquitectos diferentes: Casa Batlló de Antonio Gaudí, Casa Lleó i Morera de Domènech i Montaner y Casa Amatller de Puig i Cadafalch. Este original nombre establece el paralelismo entre estas tres casas y el mitológico Juicio de Paris en el cual las diosas Hera, Atena y Afrodita lucharon por la "Manzana de la Discordia" la manzana de oro que servía como trofeo a la más guapa de ellas.
La Casa Amatller fue construida en 1900 mezclando los estilos gótico y holandes. Actualmente alberga el Instituto Amatller y el Centro del Modernismo, que organiza visitas a los edificios modernistas de la ciudad.
This house was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch for Antoni Amatller. He took a totally different approach from the other two houses and gave the design the look of a Dutch step gabled house but also threw in some Gothic touches. Look out for the carving of St George slaying the dragon - a little but of Catalan nationalism!
The prominent chocolat manufacturer Antoni Amattler put down the first stone of “La Manzana de la Discòrdia” in 1898 when he ordered Puig i Cadafalch to renew the facade of this house.
Cadafalch designed a wall inspired by Dutch, neogothical and islamitical elements. There also are a lot of interesting smaller elements. Above the frontdoor, you´ll see a carving of the Catalan hero St. Jordi, fighting the dragon.
The central hall of this beautiful building has iron and glass lamps, beautiful decorations and nice coloured glass. The office of “Ruta del Modernisme” is not opened often, but if it is opened, you can see the small collection of art and buy the chocolats of the one who ordered this beautiful piece of art to be built.
You can only visit the Casa Amatller when you make an appointment.
Located also in Passeig the Gracia and just next to Casa Batlló,Casa Ametller is another nice building to see in Barcelona.It was built for modernist architect Puig i Cadafalch between 1,898 to 1,900.
Casa Amatller is another modernist building (situated between Casa Batlló and Casa Lleó Morera), built by Puig i Caldafach in 1898.
Casa Amatller es otro edificio modernista, situado entre Casa Batlló y Casa Lleó Morera), construido por Puig i Caldafach en 1898.
Hmm...not much to say about this. Except that fishscale-like roof. Yes, Gaudi used the image of the fish when he created this building. Unfortunately, You can only see it from the street if you visit it this year. It's closed for renovation for some time. Maybe a year. You'd better check with the Touist Center.
Josep Puig i Cadafalch built this palace in 1900. Built is actually not the correct word, since the house existed before that year: let's say it was a remodelling job.
What to pay attention to: the asmimmetrical entrance and the details of the facade: it has decorative sculpture and stonework, wrought iron ornament, colourful tiles.
It seems that the inspiration came from dutch houses of the 17th century
this house was designed by pugi i cadafalch in 1898. it is easily recognized by it's stepped gable roof dotted with tiles.
This building, next to Casa Batlló, it is like a medieval palace. By Puig i Calafalch, he liked teh neogothic arquitecture and here is the best proof.