Carrer de Bellesguard, 16-20 Barcelona
(3 on 5)
to go to: Bus
The house is private owned and visits are not normally accepted,
except for exteriors.
Ruta del Modernisme
Designed by Antoni
Gaudí i Cornet
and built between
1900 and 1909.
The house Bellesguard also known
as Casa Figueras is located in the high area of Barcelona, near Collserola mountain, at the same place where an old castle built by the last king of Catalan dynasty
l'Humà was to be found. That castle had
been used by that king as his summer
residence from 1410.
That fact was for Gaudí a base of inspiration, and consequently he also used some
elements of that old castle to built the new Bellesguard (as walls, courtyard, etc.).
That is the reason why the house has the external appearance
of a castle, including
The building constructed in stone and brick has mainly a vertical
projection helped by a Gaudí characteristic tower culminated by a
four branches cross.
The loft with its arches in brick is a demonstration of the mastering in the use of
that material, as in the La Pedrera and
The mosaics, designed by Domènech Sugranyes add fantasy to the building together
with forged iron who is full.