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Terrassa, Spain

Mas Freixa

The Gaudi-inspired building that was the start of Terrassenc modernism. 

Combining traditional traits and materials alongside modern Catalan vaults and shapes, this parabolic structure was designed by Louis Parellada Muncunill, a Spanish modernist architect whose impressive work was inspired by the great Gaudi.

Gaudi’s influence is apparent in the use of elliptical arches, white walls, and the high tower, making Mas Freixa undoubtedly the most representative example of Terrassenc modernism standing today. Muncunill’s own district style can be seen in the restrained detailing, giving it the more structured, clean look that Gaudi’s work sometimes lacked.

For many years, this white, crystal-embedded building was home to the Municipal Conservatory of Music, which is currently located in another building nearby. Before it was renovated into the architectural jewel is now, Mas Freixa was a simple textile factory. Muncunill created the structure to be the family home of textile mogul Joaquim Freixa I Argemí.

Know Before You Go

It is most easily reached by taking the FGC train from Barcelona (Plaça de Catalunya) half an hour north to Terrassa Rambla station on line S1, from where it is an easy 5-10 minute walk.

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