Avinguda Marquès de Comillas,6-8 Barcelona
(3 on 5)
condition: Out and Inside Very
good, adapted to the present needs
as cultural center "Caixa Forum".
How to go to:
Buses: 9, 13, 37, 50, 65, 79, 91,
105, 106, 109, 165, L94, L95, N1, N15
Metro: L1, L3 (Espanya)
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 to 20 hours. Monday closed.
Timings, prices and other information can vary,
please verify it previously.
The common spaces havent problems. The entrance is
under the level of the street, but large lifts avoid difficulties,
when arrived the acces to other levels is made agin by large lifts
or escalators, but the acces to somme exhibitions spaces have three
It is possible to buy in the bookshop of the house
- Llibreria LAIE
- a guide on it and also some other books and
gifts on the house, Gaudí the Modernisme (Catalan Art Nouveau)
Information: Phone (34) 93 476 86 00.
Ruta del Modernisme
History and description:
Fàbrica (Factory) Casaramona is a project of the architect Puig i Cadafalch
commissioned by Casimir Casaramona i Puigcercós, owner of textile businesses
to build a new factory at the foot of Montjuich (a hill at south east of
Barcelona, at present park and Olympic area), to substitute the old one
destroyed in a fire.
The factory was finished in 1911 following the Moderniste style (Art
Nouveau) and the Municipality awarded the building as the better of the
year in 1912.
The building was designed, as it is common in industrial premises, to simplify
horizontal movement, and this horizontality is only broken by two towers.
This two towers were big water reservoirs to protect the factory against fire
- the owner was very much affected by the fire of his previous factory - and
was obviously very interested to protect that second factory with the better
technology against fire at that time.
The factory was completely built in brick following the Catalan tradition.
The ornamentation is very limited, only some ceramic on the towers and a
mosaic and two stone adorns over Lleida street tower door, but the brick
shapes of the factory, specially the roofs and the succinct iron forged functional
structures attain, as a result, an original embellishment.
Opened in 1913, the same year of the dead of its owner Casimir Casaramona, the factory was closed in 1920. Later it was used as Police
barracks and in 1976 it was declared Historic National Monument. This is
possibly one of the most magnificent ensembles of Catalan Industrial Art Nouveau.
In 1963 "La Caixa" (first savings Bank of Catalonia) bought the
factory to build a big cultural complex with large Exhibition halls, Arts
Laboratory and Home of his Contemporary Art Collections.
At present the building is completely reformed and adapted, but respecting its
traditional appearance. In front of main entrance it is a big metal and crystal
structure by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.