House of the Punxes

The house of the Punxes stand out among the buildings that were created during the golden age of Barcelona, with Gothic inspiration and created in the modernist era of the early twentieth century, the work of architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this house was built at the request of Bartomeu Terradas Brutau for each of his three daughters, Angela, Josefa and Rosa, receiving the name Casa de los Punxes by the needles that crown the six towers that crown the building.

The architect’s intention was that structurally it would look like a single architectural ensemble, but also included features characteristic of each of the owners, a fact that indicated to which of the daughters the house belonged, as can be seen on the facade of the corner that belongs to number 420 of the Diagonal, there is an interesting sculptural panel in which an angel is represented, a figure that alludes to the sister Ángela Terradas. The preparatory drawing made by Monserdà is in the archives of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi in Barcelona. Other decorative details that refer us to this property are found in the anagrams that, distributed as if they were a border, repeat the letters ATB, in reference to Ángela Terradas Brutau.

Josefa’s property went from Diagonal to Rosselló street, in whose back front we can find another ceramic panel drawn by Monserdà himself, where St. George is represented killing the dragon and we can read: “Patron Saint of Catalonia give us back our freedom”.

Right in the frame of this panel, in a strategic situation for the meaning that the figure of ST. George could represent, we find a familiar face sculpted. The male figure, with round glasses, large receding hairline and full lips, represents the great author of the project, the architect Josep Puig I Cadafalch.

On the facades of Bruc street, we find two more ceramic panels. One depicts a vase full of roses, with the initials RTB, and the other, the figure of a girl surrounded by roses. This property belonged to the sister Rosa Terradas Brutau.

You cannot miss these 4 incredible places… Enjoy the parks and gardens in Barcelona!

Take the bicycle and go around the spring-like green places before the mosquitoes attack you!

1. Parc de la Ciutadella

With a perfect access for bicycles, this is one of our favorite places, situated in the district of Ciutat Vella. This park has 17 hectares, which were declared a historic monument in 1951. This is because in the same park you can find buildings from the 19th century which are in perfect condition and statues as singular as the Mammoth that was made in real size.

You also have to take a walk around the gardens, through the earthen pathways. And what if we get tired of pedaling? We can row for a while in the lake of the park.

2. Laribal’s Gardens.

These gardens are situated in the district of Sants-Montjuic and we can get there on bicycle, but we’ll have to park it at the entrance.

This place rounds up all the peace that we sometimes cannot find in other parts of the big city. It is composed of a series of terraces that communicate through pathways and stairs, which will take us through the native and exotic vegetation and through a great diversity of ponds and waterfalls.

And finally, we will arrive at the famous Font del Gat, an incredible fountain situated at the exact point for observing the views of Barcelona.

3. Horta’s Labyrinth

But if you need a place for meditating, the best you can do is lose yourself in this labyrinth in the district of Horta-Guinardó. You will be helped by its wild plants, its fountains and its streams, which form the oldest park of the city 18th century. You will be able to sit beside mythological characters like Eros who, as a statue, will be waiting for you in the middle of the garden; or you will also be able to enter and inspire yourself in the pavilion dedicated to the muses. At the last stop, in contrast to all the life in these gardens, you will find a false cemetery, but keep calm, there are no more gravestones.

4. Collserola Natural Park

In order to get to this park you will have to pedal with all your strength until you arrive at the outskirts of the city. But once there, the whole nature, country houses, hermitages, fountains, swamps and streams will compensate your effort. And you can always rest or have a picnic while you observe all the little movements of Barcelona.

*And remember: please take care of the environment and ride the bicycle only within the indicated zones.

Enjoy these surroundings and get to love them like we have!