Casa de les Punxes



Avinguda Diagonal, 420 Barcelona
+34 930 185 242
The spectacular building - revolutionary in both artistic and technical terms - is one of the most iconic structures in Barcelona and an important key to understanding Catalan modernism. In 1975, it was given National Historic Landmark status due to its enormous historical, heritage and architectural value. A new project was launched in 2016 to transform it into a space for the communication of culture and its century-old history based on the premise that culture is a never-ending source of knowledge and entertainment.

On a privileged site in an area popularly known as the ‘Golden Square’ (Quadrat d’Or) in the l’Eixample district of Barcelona, it stands on a triangular city block of its own. It is the only modernist building in Barcelona in such a unique location. The house is a reflection of stylistic and formal simplicity but is also revolutionary in structure and design, evoking a reinterpretation of 19th Century society.

The Casa de les Punxes is home to an interesting multi-sensory project that presents a major collection of knowledge, history, art and culture in order to preserve, exhibit and communicate it to society. The thought-provoking museum project proposes ideas that are both educational and entertaining, in spaces that take on a multitude of forms.

The Building

The Casa de les Punxes was built in the early 20th Century by Josep Puig i Cadafalch who, alongside Antoni Gaudí and Lluis Domenech i Muntaner, is considered to be one of the most important architects of Catalan modernism. Furthermore, Josep Puig i Cadafalch played a fundamental role as archaeologist, art historian, town planner and politician, going on to become one of the most important people in the history of Catalonia.

A visit to the house provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the amazing architecture, delve into the history hidden between its walls and learn more about its genius architect. But not only that, it also allows visitors to discover the history of Catalonia and learn about Catalan modernism. The Casa de les Punxes - revolutionary in both artistic and technical terms - is one of the most iconic monuments in the city and the product of an era characterised by the economic progress of the bourgeoisie, strong traditional customs and extensive industrialisation.


Innovative balance between spectacular forms and strict rules

Casa de les Punxes, is today a Museum which has a crucial role to play in the transformation of society and commitment to the people.

The route followed by visitors has been designed as a journey through time to explore a unique monument with abundant historic, artistic and cultural content. Visitors will not merely walk into the Casa de les Punxes but rather delve into its history, soul and symbology.

The new technologies incorporated into the tour enhance the narrative nature of the visit: powerful and multi-sensory, the museum content is presented as a form of art unto itself.

The combination of video and animation is one of the main attractions and recreates spaces, landscapes and situations while also inserting real and fictitious characters to present the legend of Saint George, his relationship with the Casa de les Punxes and his cultural and historical importance in Catalonia and in other cultures and regions.

The roof terrace, a hidden treasure

Hiding in the very centre of Barcelona, the enigmatic and rather secret roof terrace is one of the most impressive spaces in the Casa de les Punxes.

The imposing main tower will now be a space dedicated to Josep Puig i Cadafalch in order to pay him the tribute he so greatly deserves.

The other needles are used to present and examine the unique style of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, his technical resources, architectural inspiration, the role of his colleagues -the great craftsmen of their time- and the Wagnerian influences to be found throughout his work.