This home designed for chocolate magnate Antoni Amatller is an exquisite treasure-box of Catalan Modernism.
Next door to Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and comprising part of Barcelona’s Illa de la Discòrdia is Casa Amatller. The building was designed by architect Josep Puig I Cadafalch for chocolate magnate Antoni Amatller. Cadafalch combined elements of Catalan Modernism and Catalan Gothic for this gorgeous, lavish dwelling.
Tours take visitors up the monumental entry staircase with its stained-glass skylight into the apartments once inhabited by Amatller and his daughter Teresa. The apartment features beautiful tiled floors, stained glass, plaster, and woodwork.
When Teresa inherited and lived alone in the house, she introduced several renovations, some of which have been preserved in her elegant Art Deco dressing room. The room is a stark contrast to the Modernism aesthetics seen throughout the house.
The building underwent extensive renovations during the 21st-century, overhauling all the fittings while restoring the architectural and decorative elements. The family’s original furniture was also placed back into the house.
Know Before You Go
Purchase tickets for the guided tour in advance on the Fundació Institut Amatller web site. On the ground floor, the staff quarters and facilities have been converted into a café that is open to the public. At the end of the tour, be sure to stay for a cup of delicious Catalan chocolate.
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