Biography Josep Puig i Cadafalch - Catalan modernist architecht

Biography Josep Puig i Cadafalch

Catalan modernist architecht


Josep Puig i Cadafalch was a prominent Catalan modernist architecht. He was born in Mataró on 17 October 1867 and died in Barcelona on 21 December 1956. He is best known for his contributions to the Catalan Modernisme movement, which was a cultural movement in Catalonia that emerged in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Puig i Cadafalch designed many important buildings in Barcelona and other Catalan cities, including the Casa Amatller on Barcelona's most elegant street Passeig de Gracia.

He was also responsible for the restoration of many important historic buildings, including Montserrat Monastery. Other notable designs include the Casaramona Factory which is now home to the CaixaForum art museum near Montjuic hill. Another famous work is the the Casa Martí building where Picasso's favourite cafe, Els Quatre Gats, is on the ground floor and Puig i Cadafalch created the amazing Casa Terrades / Casa de les Punxes (nicknamed 'les Punxes') on street Av Diagonal. Cadafalch designed the layout of the Plaça Espanya as the gateway to the Barcelona 1929 International Exhibition. Outside Barcelona some significant works include the cava Codorníu winery and the renovation of the Sant Benet de Bages monastery.

In addition to his architectural work, Puig i Cadafalch was involved in politics and played an important role in the Catalan nationalist movement. He was a member of the Catalan parliament and served as mayor of Barcelona from 1917 to 1918.
Puig i Cadafalch was a key figure in the cultural and intellectual life of Catalonia during the first half of the 20th century, and his work continues to be celebrated today as an important part of Catalan cultural heritage.

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