Casa dels Paraigues, the umbrella house
The Casa Bruno Quadras (or Cuadros) was built in 1883, a few years before the 1888 Universal Exhibition in Barcelona. The architect Josep Vilaseca combined the prior style of modernisme with all kinds of architectural elements inspired by other cultures in an eclectic building which amazes everyone who walks along La Rambla. The Casa Bruno Cuadros’s balconies and the top-floor gallery are replete with Egyptian imagery. The façade features elaborate sgraffito work and stained-glass windows as well as reliefs of umbrellas and fans made of cast-iron. Orientalist motifs impregnate the outer walls which features intricate carpentry, enamelled glass and paintings of people taken from Japanese prints. The Casa Bruno Cuadros’s most opulent decorative element is the ornate Chinese dragon on the corner of the façade. It was used to advertise the shop, together with the umbrella below it. The building was refurbished in 1980, and a bank now has its premises in the stunning umbrella shop of Barcelona.
June 13, 2010 at 1:33 am
Unique and very pretty!! 🙂
June 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Very cool, very unexpected!
June 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Outstanding facade and different details!Your pictures are wonderful!
June 8, 2010 at 9:44 am
You find the most curious, wonderful things to share with us.
June 8, 2010 at 12:02 am
I am very impressed.
June 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm
How wonderful to see such architecture ! Guess currently those umbrellas are mostly used to provide shade. Please have a wonderful Tuesday.
June 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm
Amazing architecture and very nice photos!
June 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm
This really is wonderful building – I remember it from my visit to Barcelona, my hostel was very close to this place. When searching for hotel in my first hours in Barcelona, I went also in that “Hostal Paris” which is visible in the last picture, but there wasn't free rooms anymore (I get quite pissed off, because that was some 7th hotel which was either too expensive or already full – but then luckily found a room just some 200 metres from there).
And again I find Barcelona a bit like “soul sister” of my city, because in Riga's Art Nouveau you can find also such decorative eclecticism and weird figures…
June 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm
I love the umbrellas, what fun to come across.
June 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm
It's just so great, dear ohh my…
June 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm
Wow, that is a fascinating old building.
June 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm
What an interesting building. So much to look at!
June 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm