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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Casa Enric Laplana or Casa Mundó, Passeig de Sant Joan 6, Barcelona

Casa Enric Laplana or Casa Mundó or Casa Estapé by Bernardi Martorell i Puig - Late Modernisme, Passeig de Sant Joan 6, Barcelona

Last Saturday I went for a walk down Passeig de Sant Joan to test my brand new Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens. I stopped before this building attracted by the beauty of the balconies. I did not know the name which I found later when I got home.

After some research online, I learned that it is called three different ways Casa Enric Laplana or Casa Mundó or Casa Estapé and was build by Bernardí Martorell i Puig in 1907.

This Catalan architect born in 1877 belonged to a wealthy family and received a good education. Got his architecture degree in 1902. He worked for some time in the Sagrada Familia and was a friend of Gaudi's.

His work is considered part of late Catalan modernism but some of his buildings have a touch of historicism. Many of his works were religious buildings like the Església de Sant Agustí in Sabadell, Convent de Valldonzella in Barcelona, Església dels Escolapis in Sabadell, Església i Convent del Santíssim Redemptor de les Oblates de Bellesguard in Barcelona or the Col·legi de les Teresianes in Tarragona.

Bernardí was influenced by English neo-gothic and also had a passion for oriental art and architecture. He died in Hospital de Sant Pau in 1937 of acute myocarditis.

But I leave you watching the elaborate ironwork, the orange stucco façade with serigraphed flowers mixed with the bare bricks in the upper floor. In the picture you cannot see the ceramic tile cupola on top or the stone gallery of the first floor but you can follow this link to see the full view of Casa Enric Laplana or check it on the map. The lens worked out fine by the way although I'll save it for street photography.

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful building! This is one of the things I love about Barcelona!

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  2. From the looks of things, you'd think you had been using that lens forever.
    Wonderful building captured in a great photo.

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  3. This is an incredible building, I love old balconies. Thank you for finding and sharing the history...very interesting.

    Finally...enjoy your new lense!!
    Have a nice week!

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  4. You really did a wonderful job of both photographing the building and providing much information from your research. Many thanks!

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  5. That's a very nice lens. I have the 50mm f1.8, which also works well.

    Normally, I don't like ornate architecture like this, and perhaps it's the way you photographed it, but I do like this building...I like the colors, the balconies...it just works for me.

    Have a great week, Carlos!

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  6. Superb architecture, beautiful colors.... And I am pleased that you went out to test your new Nikon lens.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful shot and interesting information.

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  7. Love it, how about a pic of your new camera?

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  8. Barcelona is great! All thoose buildings...the arhitecture...I dont have words. Hope I would visit Barcelona again in the future :)

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  9. Carlos this is a gorgeous facade.

    I'm looking at your photos with even more interest now because if all goes well I'll be visiting Barcelona late January. My partner is coming for a 3-day conference and I'll be joining him. I presume I'll have some time to myself to wander around the city and I really look forward to that.

    (I've never been to Barcelona before)
    Cheers

    PS - yesterday's dragonfly was absolutely fantastic. It really has the shape of a little plane.

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  10. WOW!! Over the top fancy and ornate balconies! High Euro real estate I guess!

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  11. Stunning!
    I love Barcelona and I have decided to make a regular daily visit through your eyes.

    Thank you!

    Eleonora
    Roma Every Day

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  12. Enric Laplana was my great-grandfather and he was an innovative and recognised doctor. He saw his pacients in the dome of the building. It was my father's home during his childhood. At that time wealthy families "should have" its own building. Fortunately things have changed but this is the origin of many beatiful buildings in Barcelona.

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  13. Thanks Isabel, for sharing such interesting information about your great-grandfather. I am glad you are proud about your ancestor's wonderful art.

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