Its four conical towers were inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle, itself an homage to Wagner.
Metro: L4 (Yellow) & L5 (Blue) - Verdaguer
Bus: 6, 33, 34, 39, 47 & H8
Amidst the hubbub of Avinguda Diagonal sits the Casa de les Punxes. This building, originally designed as the residence of the Terradas family, has now thrived for generations as a popular site among visitors to the city. With the appearance of a Gothic-style castle, the building is really no more than a set of apartments designed in the style of a small European palace. In its early days, the structure was known as the Terradas house, as the three daughters of that family owned the three independent properties that survived to the present day. Later on, Josep Puig i Cadafalch would create a new design, forging a single structure out of a false façade unifying the independent buildings. The work was inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle, itself an homage to Wagner.
The end result is an imposing structure taking up a triangular city block, emulating a grand Medieval castle with four conical towers, and forever impressing the city with the name by which it’s now popularly known: the Casa de les Punxes. With Sant Jordi as protagonist, the entire structure relays a meaningful mythology and contains a plethora of decorative elements, including galleries, stained glass, and wrought iron throughout the building’s exterior, featuring the work of craftsmen like Enric Monserdà and Alfons Juyol.
With its imposing exterior, the building quickly took its place among the city’s principal tourist attractions, perfectly exemplifying the Catalonian style of Modernism through its façade’s exposed brick, and its balconies’ wrought iron. Thanks to its numerous stylistic and architectural references to Catalonian history and culture, the building also sheds light on the nationalist notes that occasionally characterized the Catalonian Modernist movement. In addition to the notable presence of Sant Jordi, this homage also serves to explain the ceramic rosettes crowning the building’s façade.
Barcelona is not only Gaudy but it’s also la casa de les punxes. A beautiful building with a interactive visit.
I visited with young teens on a personal recommendation and cannot believe that this “House of Spikes” is not higher in the list of “must sees” in Barcelona, especially for people with children. The interactive “fish floor” is fabulous, the immersive story of St George / Jordi is so well done and the opportunity to walk through the rooms, walk across the roof and climb spiral staircases into the roofs of the towers and learn about the architecture is lovely. It is all beautifully done.
The audio guide is free and you do need it. It works automatically, depending on which room you are in and I would recommend it.
The only request I would have would be for some information about the three sisters - we learn their names and it would be good to know whether they had any input in the design of these extraordinary buildings and if they ever lived and raised families here.