On the existing typical Eixample flat façade, Puig i Cadafalch reinterpreted different architectural styles such as Romanesque and Catalan Gothic to create a façade full of symbolism and decorative elements.
It stands out mainly for its staggered finish, which makes it one of the most admired façades in the city of Barcelona and which is largely reminiscent of the medieval architecture of northern Europe. It is worth noting that beyond the aesthetic and artistic value of this finish, this area was designed to house Antoni Amatller’s photography studio, as the dangerous nature of the components of photography made it necessary to keep these rooms as separate as possible from the neighbouring houses, thus creating an independent floor of great beauty to accommodate one of Antoni Amatller’s great hobbies.
Josep Puig i Cadafalch places different constructive and ornamental elements at various heights and creates careful asymmetric effects on the façade. The entrance doors on the ground floor, the gallery on the main floor or the windows are finished off with Gothic-inspired sculptural frames of varying degrees of complexity. In order to identify with the building’s owner, Puig i Cadafalch designed an iconographic programme relating to the family of Antoni Amatller with sculptures evoking the promotor’s activities (industry, arts and collecting) and graffito of almond branches, the symbol of the Amatller surname.
The combination of materials, colours and decorative techniques creates a delicate chromaticism that makes the front of the house continue to stand out artistically from its construction to the present day.
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