Casa de les Punxes

  • Architecture

Its four conical towers were inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle, itself an homage to Wagner.

Basic Info
Avinguda Diagonal, 420

Metro: L4 (Yellow) & L5 (Blue) - Verdaguer
Bus: 6, 33, 34, 39, 47 & H8
Handicap-accessible facilities

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.

For the past few years, the company Cloudworks has been managing the space. Born and raised in Barcelona, they respect the cultural heritage of our city while giving new life to an emblematic building. In addition to providing its members with the tools for professional growth, Casa Les Punxes offers an extensive program of cultural activities and opportunities for personal wellness, with a dynamic first floor and a bright rooftop terrace open to the public. So whether you need a spectacular space to elevate your business or you're simply looking for good vibes, good food and the opportunity to meet like-minded souls, we have something for you.

Beyond co-working, they're all about conviviality.

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