Josep Maria Jujol i Gibert – Torre de la Creu (Casa dels Ous)
Location: Plaça de l’Estació Sant Joan Despí (Baix Llobregat)
Qualification: xxx (3 on 5)
Present Condition: Both Inside and Outside: Acceptable
Visits: At present the house is a property of Sant Joan Despí municipality that will devote it to social purposes.
History and description
Designed by Josep Maria Jujol i Gibert and built between 1913 and 1916.
Torre de la Creu is located in a small town near Barcelona.
In opinion of Denis L. Dollens it is no possible to find in Europe another building more spatially and stylistically experimental than Torre de la Creu.
Because the domes resemble a cluster of eggs, the house received also from locals the name of “Casa del ous” (ous is the Catalan word for eggs).
Under the parabolic domes of Torre de la Creu, Jujol designed two houses with some characteristic elements as the elegant stairway – both simple and magnificent instead of the small space -, the gallery, the tower and other elements lately applied under various shapes in other projects of Jujol.
An enclosure in forged iron with curved doors is an example how to close the building but allowing a complete view of the front side of it. See photos left and below.
Published under the authorization of Sant Joan Despí Municipality
Other works of Jujol
In Barcelona: -Planells House -Monumental fountain of Spain square
In Constantí: -Baptistery and Presbytery of the Parish Church
In Cornellà: -Can Camprubí
In Creixell: -Tower top of Sant Jaume Church
In Els Pallaresos: -Ca l’Andreu -Bofarull House -Soler House
In Montferri: -Montserrat Shrine
In Renau: Restoration of the Lloret shrine
In Sant Joan Despí: –Can Negre -Gamisans House -attributed- -Rovira House -S. Joan Baptista Church -Reixat (Grating)
Torre de la Creu (Casa dels ous) -Serra-Xaus Villa-Jujol Villa
In Tarragona: -Abad House -Ximenis House -Metropol Theater
In Vallmoll: -Roser Shrine
In Vistabella (La Secuita): Sagrat Cor Church