I’ve always been interested in architecture and I am particularly interested in the architecture from the period just before World War 1 to just after, most commonly referred to as Modernism. One of my first posts was about the Slovenian architect, Plecnik, who was part of a larger movement through Europe, called Art Nouveau in France (and the US), Jugendstil in Germany and the Netherlands, Secession in Austria (and Slovenia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), and Glasgow Style in Scotland.
Catalonia, in northern Spain, produced its own particular type of Modernism, spelled with a final “e” in Catalonian. The most famous Catalonian modernist was Gaudi, who designed the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, which is still under construction.
But he was not the only Catolonian Moderniste. Josep Maria Jujol and Ennrico Nieto also produced amazing buildings and interiors. Here’s some of their work. First an interior by Jujol. It is a renovation of a 17th century farmhouse. The renovation started in 1915 and was completed in 1926
Above is a group of buildings in a large park in Barcelona designed by Gaudi. They have an almost fairy tale quality about them.
The building above is located in a small city on the coast of North Africa. The city, Melilla, is actually a Spanish city, not Moroccan, although it is physically IN Morocco, and is claimed by Morocco. I had no idea there was such a place (and actually, there are two, the other Spanish city in Morocco is called Ceuta).
Nieto was the official architect of the city, which has the largest concentration of Moderisme buildings outside of Barcelona.
Who knew? It’s all about being curious.