in Valls (Alt Camp) in 1888.
He finished his architecture studies in 1916 in Barcelona.
In 1923 he was designated Dean of Barcelona architects College and
also named Professor and Secretary of the Escola d'Arts i Oficis of
Barcelona (Art and offices school) in 1929.
He was one of the founders of the Centre d'Estudis Gaudinistes
(Gaudinist studies Center) in 1952.
Martorell was also a writer contributing to different publications,
such as Revista de Catalunya, Destino, La Vanguardia, and others.
He was also the author of an important quantity of books mainly on
architecture, including "Arquitectura i escultura barroca a
Catalunya", "Gaudí: su vida, su teoría, su obra", and, together with
other writers, "Construcciones agrarias en Cataluña" on a question
on which he was an expert. During his life he effectively planned
and built nearly 40 cellars and other agricultural constructions
which, due to their magnificence, are known as
Martinell not only designed the buildings themselves but also
organized their internal spaces to increase production, and designed
their stores and machinery distribution.
His style is normally classified as
but with influences of Noucentisme (the style following the Art
Nouveau in Catalonia). This is evident in the buildings where he
used profusely the Catalan "totxo" (brick) around the windows, and
columns and ceramics for decoration.
Cèsar Martinell died on 19 November 1973.