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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  • Restaurant is in a striking building that was originally a private home very close to el Palace Hotel. Service was excellent and the selection and quality of the food very good. The night we were ther...  more »
  • Perhaps the least known of the works of Gaudi. Certainly the most "normal" and one project for which the architect has won a prize from the municipality of Barcelona on the sides of the entrance to the restaurant and the chocolate the Interior cannot be visited but, since it is located in the Centre, well worth a visit to see her
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  • Amazing food and Gaudi architecture. Nice
  • Gaudí's creation and now a restaurant. Beautiful and edgy just as other Gaudí's work.
  • Historic with good food, only one sitting for dinner.
  • 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.

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