The city of Barcelona stands out for its modernist architecture designed by great minds throughout time. Many of the unique constructions became icons of the skyline of the city, such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, or Casa Amatller which are some of Barcelona’s best-known modernist buildings and are visited by thousands of tourists each year. However, ShBarcelona wants to share with you another impressive modernist building that is not so well known by the public: Casa Comalat.
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Casa Comalat de Barcelona was designed by the local architect Salvador Valeri i Pupurull in a project that began in 1906 and was finished in 1911. The site where this modernist building was erected was bought four years earlier by Joan Comalat Aleñà, who then commissioned the work to Salvador Valeri. At the time, the architect Salvador Valeri counted on some of the best craftsmen of the city for the construction of this building, to give to the facade and the interior a unique decoration with floral, animal and geometric motifs, creating one of the most beautiful modernist buildings in Barcelona. Casa Comalat is clearly inspired by the work of the master architect Antoni Gaudí, but is also quite original, which makes it a site that is definitely worth visiting.
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This original building is characterized by its two facades, the main one in Diagonal Avenue and the back one in Córcega street. The main facade is built in stone and has many decorative elements, it’s quite formal and symmetrical. In the lower part, a large wooden door stands out with two balconies on the sides with shapes reminiscent of Gaudí’s style, while at the top there is an impressive tower with green ceramics. The back facade is totally different from the main one, it is much more innovative and free, very round and very similar to Casa Batlló. It is a very colorful facade with wooden galleries closed by shutters. The building is privately owned and you cannot visit the interior, but you can peek at the main corridor and take great pictures from the outside.
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