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Casa Calvet, Barcelona
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Casa Calvet is a building, designed by Antoni Gaudí for a textile manufacturer which served as both a commercial property (in the basement and on the ground floor) and a residence. It is located at Carrer de Casp 48, Eixample district of Barcelona.Gaudí scholars agree that this building is the most conventional of his works, partly because it had to be squeezed in between older structures and partly because it was sited in one of the most elegant sections of Barcelona. Its symmetry, balance and orderly rhythm are unusual for Gaudí's works. However, the curves and double gable at the top, the projecting oriel at the entrance— almost baroque in its drama, and isolated witty details are modernista elements.Bulging balconies alternate with smaller, shallower balconies. Mushrooms above the oriel at the center allude to the owner's favorite hobby.Columns flanking the entrance are in the form of stacked bobbins— an allusion to the family business of textile manufacture. Lluís Permanyer claims that "the gallery at ground level is the façade's most outstanding feature, a daring combination of wrought iron and stone in which decorative historical elements such as a cypress, an olive tree, horns of plenty, and the Catalan coat of arms can be discerned".Three sculpted heads at the top also allude to the owner: One is Sant Pere Màrtir Calvet i Carbonell (the owner's father) and two are patron saints of Vilassar, Andreu Calvet's home town.Between 1899 and 1906, the Arts Building Annual Award (Concurso anual de edificios artísticos) awarded modernist pieces, like the Casa Calvet, the Casa Lleó Morera and the Casa Trinxet.
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  • If it is a Gaudi building it has to be good and worth your time to see it. This one with its stone facade, bay windows and balconies that are a forerunner of the ones in Casa Batllo make it worth seei...  more »
  • We visited for a meal to celebrate my birthday, from the minute we entered to the minute we left we had the most wonderful experience. The Gaudi design was amazing and I couldn't help but look around ...  more »
  • Fantastic sample of modernist buildings designed by Gaudi (apparently in collaboration with his assistants). Its sinuous forms, its ornate balconies, decorative details under (without going any further, the timbres of different floors)... everything is of exquisite taste and elegance.
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  • Designed by Antoni Gaudí, and now a working restaurant. Should be part of any journey exploring modernista architecture and the works of this great architect. A short walk from Plaça de Catalunya or the Urquinaona Metro stop.
  • Food and décor was very, very disappointing. And very overpriced.
  • Increíble restaurante.
  • Very nice
  • This Gaudí building on a quiet residential street houses a wonderful restaurant that preserves the original interior. The food and service are as impressive as the decor. We had the Tasting Menu (62€ p.p.) and a bottle of Castell de Falset 2005. The plating and complex flavors of each of the 5 courses (plus amuse bouche) were excellent, and just the right portion sizes. Reservations are a must.