Casa de les Punxes (House of Spikes) or Casa Terrades is a building located on Avinguda Diagonal. It was constructed in 1905, commissioned by the Terrades sisters. The house includes different ceramic panels illustrating patriotic motifs.
The best known depicts Saint George and with the following legend: “Sant Patró de Catalunya, torneu-nos la llibertat”
The house has received such a name because of six sharp towers on the corners, topped by spikes - peaks.
This building was designed by Cadafalch and built in 1905. It is the only fully isolated or detached building in L'Eixample district which makes it more interesting. Unfortunately, it is not open to public so you can only take some pictures from outside like we did.
After viewing Gaudi's building, I took a walk down the side street to Avenue Diagonal.
A short walk to the left, and the spires of Casa Lex Punxes were in view. To me, it looked like a Castle with its six needle like conical towers. It is all private compartments and some are actually located in the towers. Unfortunately, viewing from the outside was all I could do.
I was glad I took the walk as it is inbetween stops on the route, and photo's from the Bus were hard to get.
And, there is an excellent Patisserie next door!
Casa Terrades, most known as "Casa de les Puntxes" (house of the spikes) was designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafach in1905. Itt has a somewhat medieval appearance, and shows how the architect was influenced by Nordic style.
The façade was made in brick, and the ornaments around the windows and doors in stone. The big panels at the roof level were made in ceramics, with a sun clock and decorated with many other symbolic elements of Catalan nationalism. For instance, an image of de Sant Jordi (Saint George, patron of Catalonia) with the inscription in Catalan "Saint Patron of Catalonia please restore our freedom"
Other great artists collaborated to make this building: Alfons Juyol (stone sculptures), Eudald Amigo (stained glass windows), Manuel Ballarin (forged iron works).
Nowadays is a private owned building and visits are not allowed, but do not miss its magnificent exterior when walking around the area.
La Casa de les Punxes (or Pointed House) is a beautiful example of the Modernisme in Barcelona. It was designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch by the year 1905 and has the general appearance of a Medieval Castle. Built mostly with bricks at the top of the house you can see a sun clock and some religious and patriotic immages. One of them is the immage of Saint George with the following inscription: "Sant Patró de Catalunya, torneu-nos la llibertat" (Saint Patron of Catalonia, bring us back our liberty
*It's not opened to the public.
The Casa de les Punxes or Casa Terrades was designed by modernist architect Puig i Cadafalch. This unusual looking building is located in L'Eixample, close to the Gaudi designed La Pedrera.
It was built between 1903 and 1905 and looks more like a fairy-tale castle than an apartment block. It is called the 'House of Spikes' because of its needle-like turrets. It is also unusual in that is it the only fully detached building in L'Eixample.
The apartments are not opened to the public, though at street level there are some shops and a gallery that you can browse in.
Built in 1905, this is one of the nicest buildings of the modern area of Barcelona.
The architect Puig i Cadafach was apparently influenced by the Nordic style., and designing the building with some medieval appearances. The façade was made in brick, and the ornaments around the windows and doors in stone.
The big panels at the roof level were made in decorated ceramics, showing a sun clock and other national Catalan elements.