Barcelona Photoblog: Catalan Modernisme: Old Pharmacy and Laboratory

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Catalan Modernisme: Old Pharmacy and Laboratory

Modernist Lamp

It is late and I am very tired but I don't want to let my window to Barcelona closed tonight, so I leave you with this modest but beautiful sample of Catalan modernisme, a street lamp on the entrance of this old pharmacy and laboratory, near the city center. 

Pharmacy Viladot, as such is the name is located on the corner of Ronda de Sant Pere, 40 and Bruc, 8 in Barcelona. There is not much left of the once rich interior except for part of the cabinetmaking work such as the central column lined with noble wood, the small counter or the stained-glass windows that decorate the windows inside. The exterior of the building is still almost intact with these beautiful flower decorations and the modernist lamp.

Architect Felix Cardellach was commissioned by lawyer Francesc Xavier Palomas i Bons that in fact gave the indications himself of how he wanted the establishment to be, and its decoration. This was the year 1905.

But Dr. Joan Viladot i Cardona who bought the pharmacy in 1925, commissioned the renown ceramist Lluís Bru, to add some panels made with ceramic mosaic, with the words "Farmacia Laboratorio" that you can read nowadays.

The business was kept by the Viladot family until 1987.

Notice the elaborate ironwork and specially those little floral adornments on the metal stems along the wall. Here are two more images, a close up of the lamp and a general view from the middle of the street. Nice weekend everybody!


  1. Wow! It's so beautiful! i can't imagine pharmacy and laboratory can be so ellegant, so Art Nouveau style. love all elements of this beautiful facade,even the graffiti on the shutter.

  2. Anonymous7:29 AM

    i always wonder that the spaish are all the artists...
    Like these adornments on the walls, they make the concret not look so cool...
    nice shot!!

    have a nice weekend.

  3. You're too modest! This is a beautiful photo and window to Barcelona. Merci for staying up late to show it to us.

  4. Anonymous10:36 AM

    wonderful photo Carlos. Its interesting that I saw a lot of mosaics like this in Portugal, too. It seems in Spain and Portugal its a habit. A wonderful one:)

  5. Thanks for adding the other photos to give us an enlarged view. Too bad the graffiti is ever present. Wish those folks would get their own canvas.

  6. j'adore votre blog et vos photos felicitations

    denis Boutillot-Cauquil

  7. Thanks for your photo.It is really nice work and the details are amazing!
    Have a nice weekend.Hope you have a lot of rest.

  8. The mosaic sign is beautiful and goes so well with the work on the lamp - you captured it all!


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