Casa Amatller, Passeig de Gràcia’s third greatest symbol of Modernism

Casa Amatller is considered to be the third greatest monument in the Catalan Modernism style in Passeig de Gràcia, and is part of what is known as the “block of discord”, along with Casa Batlló and Casa Lleó Morera.

It is the work of architect,  Josep Puig I Cadafalch, commissioned to the architect by chocolate manufacturer, Antoni Amatller and built between 1898 and 1900. Caldafalch’s design gave rise to a gothic-style palace with a flat façade, a central patio and a main staircase leading to the main rooms. Its Mediterranean air is a blend of Catalan neo-Gothic and Flemish styles, the latter visible in the flat angular cornice that crowns the façade.

Even though it is in fact a block of flats, it has the appearance of a typical neo-Gothic style house, an impression accentuated by the delicate porticoes on the balconies on the first floor. The Germanic element is the bold ridged cornice, highlighted with ceramic tiles. You can visit the caretaker’s office, which has been conserved in its original state, and where you can see one of the finest examples of stained-glass Modernist windows, as well as original furniture dating back to 1900 and collections of art.

Casa Amatller is open to visitors from Monday to Sunday. Each visit lasts two hours and groups are limited to 15 people, who must wear protection over their footwear. The ticket price is €10 per person and includes a tour of the first floor, an outline of the professional career of Antoni Amatller and a cup of chocolate at the conclusion of the visit.