During the three weeks between May 20 and June 9 we guest curated the OfHouses blog with a consistent selection of Catalan houses:
The question behind this list was: is there a straight, progressive line in Catalan architecture? Can one be found? Is it possible to talk specifically about Catalan architecture? Does such a thing exist?
So here’s a list of houses made by architects who have influenced one another and that we believe are tied by an invisible line. They’re mostly well-known projects, but they serve the purpose well. We think the stylistic legacy of the Ugalde house is present all along the chain of houses, through a certain interpretation of the vernacular and through the consistency of materials used. Most of these projects are holiday homes for bourgeois families, but that is normal considering that people in Barcelona mostly live in apartment buildings (of which all these architects made plenty of good examples as well). This group of houses exemplifies very well the common Catalan fantasy of a second home—and, in that sense, it’s a good social portrait.
José Antonio Coderch. Eustaquio Ugalde House, 1951. Caldes d’Estrac, Barcelona, Spain.
© Francesc Català-Roca. Source: Fondo F. Català-Roca – Arxiu Fotogràfic de l’Arxiu Històric del Collegi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya; Quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanisme, no. 144/1981.)
2. Josep Lluís Sert. Jutta von Seht House, 1964-65. Urbanización Can Pep Simó, Ibiza, Spain. © Véra Cardot, Pierre Joly. Source: Centre Pompidou, Bibliothèque Kandinsky.
3. Antonio Bonet i Castellana. Cruïlles House, 1967. Aiguablava, Girona, Spain. © Marc Torra. Source: fragments.cat; sinergo.es.
4. Studio PER (Oscar Tusquets & Lluis Clotet). Regàs House, 1970-71. Mas Catalanet, Llofriu, Girona, Spain. © Colita y Oriol Maspons. Source: Quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanisme, no. 90/1972.
5. Lanfranco Bombelli & Ivan Chermayeff. Chermayeff House, 1977. Cadaqués, Girona, Spain. © Peté Soler, gemma fontàs, Chermayeff Archive. Source: Architecture Plus 12/1973.
6. Ricardo Bofill. Bofill House in Baix Empordà, 1973. Montràs, Girona, Spain. © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.
7. Enric Miralles & Benedetta Tagliabue. Trilla House, 1997-99. Barrio de La Clota, Barcelona, Spain. © Duccio Malagamba, Eugeni Pons. Source: EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitectes.