10 curiosities about the Casa de les Punxes

  1. On April 4, 1903, Àngela Brutau, Bartomeu Terradas’ widow, bought the land that Mr. Rafael Bartes i Llagostera had on the edge of the Villa de Gracia in the name of his three daughters, Àngela, Josefa and Rosa. This land, where later the Casa de les Punxes would be located, is very singular. It was triangular and smaller than most of those in the Eixample.
  2. Despite the fact that the building block looks like a single house, it is made up of three apartment buildings, each belonging to one of the three sisters. First, the on the corner of Avenida Diagonal and Calle del Rosselló belonged to Àngela (453m2). The one on the corner between Avenida and Calle Bruca la Rosa (462m2). The central and largest one to Josefa (509m2).
  3. Puig i Cadafalch managed to comply with the directives of the Pla Cerdà without having to design a large central garden for the house like most of the blocks of flats in the Eixample. With small interior patios he was able to guarantee the necessary ventilation and hygiene.

    Casa de les Punxes
    Casa de les Punxes
  4. Although the main façade of the house is the one we find at the intersection of Rosselló Street and Diagonal Avenue, the entrances to the three buildings are on Diagonal Avenue
  5. The Casa de las Punxes was inspired by different buildings for its construction. One of them is the medieval Castle of Pierrefonds, restored by E. E. Viollet-le-Duke at the request of Napoleon III shortly before the birth of Puig i Cadafalch. The other is the Castle of Neuschwanstein, a tribute by Ludwig II to the operas of Wagner. If you want to know more about these buildings, we recommend you to visit: Puig i Cadafalch’s influences in the Casa de les Punxes.
  6. Castillo de Neuschwanstein
    Castillo de Neuschwanstein
    Castillo de Pierrefonds

    Each of the three buildings of the Casa de les Punxes has a ground floor and four floors with two floors each. The ground floors were intended for commercial premises and the three upper floors for rent. It was on the main floors that the owners of the house lived.

  7. In the decoration of the facade we can see the representation of the passage of time if we look at the evolution of natural details from top to bottom of the house.Casa de les Punxes
  8. Àngela Brutau requested the installation of gas lamps at the entrance to the Casa de les Punxes in 1905, but the Barcelona City Council refused because it had already developed the Avenida Diagonal with electric lighting.
  9. In May 1906, Àngela Brutau asked the City Council for permission to install an “electro motor and lift” in the three buildings of the Casa de les Punxes, thus installing one of the first lifts in Barcelona still in operation.
  10. Finally, in the Casa de les Punxes, Àngela and La Rosa lived with their mother on the main floor of Avenida Diagonal 420 and Josefa with her husband on the main floor of 418.