A Catalan and modernist architecture

Lluís Domènech i Montaner is one of the greatest examples of Catalan modernist architecture. In 1878 he published an article titled In search of a National architecture, where he laid out the foundations of modern Catalan architecture.

In his architecture, he incorporated the lines of Art Nouveau curves, the use of brick, mosaics, ceramics, sgraffito, stained-glass windows...

From his main architectural works, there are two that have been declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO: Palau de la Música Catalana (1905-1908) and Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona (1902-1913).

The World Exhibition of 1888 was the event that consolidated Domènech i Montaner professionally as an architect. As a result of those years, the now-gone International Hotel (1888) and the café-restaurant known as Castle of the 3 Dragons (1887-1888) were constructed. He later took charge of private homes such as the House Navàs in Reus (1901-1908), the House Lleó i Morera in Barcelona (1902-1906), and the House Solà i Morales in Olot (1913-1916), where he applied a global vision of Modernisme with applied arts such as sculpture, stained glass or mosaic.

Lluís Domènech i Montaner has a long list of buildings both in Barcelona and all over the country. Noteworthy in Barcelona is the Editorial Montaner i Simon and the Fuster House; and in the rest of the territory, he did the Navàs House and Institut Pere Matas in Reus, or the Grand Hotel in Palma de Mallorca, among others.

  • Hospital de Sant Pau
  • Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Castle of the 3 Dragons
  • House Navàs
  • Hotel Internacional

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