Modernism beyond Barcelona

Barcelona is a city marked by architects and icons of Modernism. What's more, the artistic and cultural movement can not only be enjoyed within the perimeters of the city, but there are also other works, generally more unknown, but not less fascinating all over Catalonia. Discover some of the most unknown modernist buildings, Hola Barcelona takes you!

Discover works of Modernism beyond Barcelona!

Modernism in Barcelona

What do the Sagrada Família, La Pedrera, Casa Amatller and the Palau de la Música Catalana have in common? Well, all of them are emblematic modernist buildings of Barcelona.

Catalan Modernism has left its mark, both in the city and in the rest of Catalonia. If you want to discover more details about the artistic movement in the city, don't miss this article from our blog!

Modernism outside Barcelona 

Catalonia is full of modernist jewels. Discover the most unknown modernist buildings outside of Barcelona and that you cannot miss! 

  • Church of Colònia Güell - Santa Coloma de Cervelló, Barcelona

It is a modernist work by Antoni Gaudí built between 1908 and 1915. It was Eusebi Güell who ordered its construction, as he wanted to provide the workers of the Church with a religious and worship building.

  • Institut Pere Mata - Reus, Tarragona

It is a psychiatric hospital designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner and located in Reus. It was the precedent work to Hospital Sant Pau, with which it shares a similar structure. Currently, the Institute is still in use, but it has a pavilion open for visits.

  •  Casa Coll i Regàs - Mataró, Barcelona

This house was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and is located in his hometown, Mataró. It was built by Joaquim Coll i Regàs, a very important textile manufacturer in the city. Its decoration has Gothic details, a Renaissance look and a triangular crowning of the facade.

  •  Torre de la Creu - Sant Joan Despí, Barcelona

If we go to Sant Joan Despí, we find some of the masterpieces by the architect Josep Maria i Jujol. Also known as Torre dels Ous, Casa dels ous, Torre Parellada or Torre Gibert, it is a summer residence of the architect's aunt. In addition to being an architect, he was also a draftsman, sculptor, watercolourist, designer and furniture decorator.

  • Masia Freixa - Terrassa, Barcelona

A well-known architect from Terrassa is Lluis Mancunill, who built Masia Freixa. This house combines the traditional aspects of Catalan architecture with the innovations of Modernism. Initially, it was made to house a spinning factory, but it ended up being transformed into a home for Josep Freixa. 

  • Catedral del Vi - Terra Alta, Tarragona

This work, located in Nulles (Tarragona), does not have such a recreational and avant-garde function as the previous ones, instead, the objective of its use is more functional. Its architect was Cèsar Martinell and the construction was made from local materials, such as clay stone and limestone.

These are some of the essentials you should visit outside of Barcelona. You will be able to learn about the history of Catalonia and enjoy impressive works.

Hospital de Sant Pau was built after the construction of the Pere Mata Institute, both work of Domènech i Montaner / Photo: Manuel Torres Garcia via Unsplash
Masia Freixa was originally intended to house a factory, but it ended up being a home for Josep Freixa / Photo: Manuel Torres Garcia via Unsplash
Arches and triangular crowns are characteristic aspects of Modernist architecture / Photo: Manuel Torres Garcia via Unsplash
The columns of the Palau de la Música show a Modernist style decoration / Photo: Manuel Torres Garcia via Unsplash