Brick house

26 Mar
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Sant Antoni Abat

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Did you go to church by any chance? No? That’s ok, I’m not the church-going type myself, but sometimes I make an exception, for example when the church is such a beautiful one as this brick house I am showing you today. Let’s go!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Tower 1

On the corner of Sant Antoni Abat and Carrer Bisbe La Guarda, amid buildings that are very different in style, this beautiful brick structure stands out, not only for its colour  but also because it is entirely made of brick. Some ceramic embellishments have been used on both sides – on Carrer Sant Antoni Abat, a series of tiles above the main entrance – but very sparsely, so as not to detract too much from the rhythm created by the brick-laying patterns.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Main entrance

Often, brick buildings can be quite dull and boring, but not this one, for its beauty lies in the artful way the bricks have been laid and the profusion of rounded edges where sharp corners would have been expected.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Side entrance

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Windows

The lack of sharp edges has been achieved by using rounded bricks, and is especially evident around its many windows. To give the building, which appears soft and organic, a bit of an edge, the roundness has been set off with some very pointily pitched roofs.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Rounded + pointy

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Ceramic details

The ceramic details in a lush green (on the side of the church that lies on Carrer Bisbe La Guarda) are striking and an indication of the times in which the church was built, the Modernist era, when proud use was made of local materials and craftsmanship. And that, dear friends, is what I like so much about this brick house: the humble materials that have been used to create it, and yet, thanks to great craftsmanship such a beautiful building was achieved. Quite a gem, wouldn’t you agree?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Tower 2

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