Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Casa Hurtado by Busquet

Along with the well known Gaudi, there were many other modernista architects working during the same time period, including Guillem Busquet. The Spanish architects working in the same vein as the more widely known Gaudi created houses in the city proper of Barcelona such as the Casa Battlo, the Casa Mila, the Palau Guell or the Casa Lleo Morera; but also a number of smaller residences around the city, such as this one I came across one day outside of Barcelona last year. You see so much of the modernista distinctive style here: the curved and unusually shaped facade, the inventive terra cotta work and his use of color through tile. So while traveling, I think this is a reminder(to me!) to always keep your eyes open because you never know what gem you might find even in a quiet suburb!


Michele said...

He is so awesome. We checked out his bio for kids at our local library and after reading it, my oldest said he would rather visit Barcelona than Disney. How cool is that?

xoxo michele

that's all said...

it is such an amazing house/willa.

John said...

Just a few corrections. The Casa Hurtado of 1905-06 is by Guillem Busquets. It is a few blocks up the avenue from the famous Dragon gate at Pavellons Güell in Barcelona.
How do I know? I've been doing the research and recently published Antoni Gaudi - the complete guide for iphone. It'll be out on Kindle shortly.
Busquet's building is a beauty, though. I guess the ajuntament (city hall) would like to renovate it as they do with many modernista masterpieces but there is no money at the moment. (and maybe never)

ArchitectDesign™ said...

John, thank you so much for the information! I've made the changes and look forward to reading the book!

Annie at PlumSiena said...

Just in time for our trip! We'll be in Versailles- and now I feel prepared after reading your series.

Glad I discovered your blog!

Massimo said...

It's very interesting you have seen and posted this modernista house!

I may tell you that the Pedralbes Neighbourhood Association is producing a Project with arquitects (professionals and college students) who are willing to restore this building.

If you wanna know a bit more abouts this Project, just write us down: vsoleferioli@gmail.com

Thank you!