Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The windows of Gaudi

Barcelona is primarily known for the fantastic architecture of Gaudi and the early modernista's.
The windows in the Casa Battlo, one of the most famous Gaudi designed houses which is open to the public, were really spectacular -especially seeing the busy streetscene on the Passeig de Gracia 2 stories below!
Wonders in wood, concrete and glass!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Casa Lleo Morera

The store which I mentioned yesterday in Barcelona, Loewe, is housed in a famous moderniste building named the Casa Lleo Morera. Renovated by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner in 1902, the building continues the decorative modern architecture of the neighborhood that Barcelona is known for.
Unlike later modern styles, the moderniste buildings in Barcelona (such as those by Gaudi) are full of interesting and gorgeous details. The style reminds me so much of the work done in the United States, and in particular Chicago, by Louis Sullivan, for whom Frank Lloyd Wright was an intern.
The name, Lleo Morera, is not from the name of the original owners but rather the lions (lleo) and mulberry trees(Morera) seen in the decorations.
If you are ever in Barcelona, I highly encourage a visit to this fabulous building and store!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Stair lighting

I've been going through my photos from 2 1/2 years ago in Barcelona (time has flown!) in preparation for my upcoming trip and came across this photo from the great Spanish retailer Loewe. I love this staircase; modern but with such great details. I especially love the little pinhole lights and their reflection on the black granite stair treads and risers. Only a crazy architect would photograph such a small detail in a store, right?