Josep Maria Jujol: Another Famous Catalan Architect

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Antoni Gaudí may reign supreme as Barcelona’s most famous architect, having been responsible for La Sagrada Família cathedral and many spectacular Modernisme-style houses and palaces, but the work of his contemporary, Josep Maria Jujol, is equally fascinating. Born in Tarragona, Jujol moved to Barcelona as a child and had a rich career not only as an architect but as a furniture designer and a painter.

The mosaic exterior of Casa Batlló
The mosaic exterior of Casa Batlló - clodio/Getty Images
Josep Maria Jujol's mosaic park benches in Parc Güell
Josep Maria Jujol's mosaic park benches in Parc Güell - LexyLovesArt/Getty Images

Recently Jujol has been emerging from Gaudí’s shadow, as more and more people come to appreciate his best-known works. These include the wonderful mosaic façade of Gaudí’s Casa Batlló; the mosaic benches at Parc Güell; and Torre de la Creu, a unique private house crowned by mosaic domes. Jujol’s work differs from that of the austere and deeply religious Gaudí by emphasizing beauty, whimsy and sensuality as much as spirituality.

Torre de la Creu, crowned by mosaic domes and designed by Josep Maria Jujol
Torre de la Creu, crowned by mosaic domes and designed by Josep Maria Jujol - Gab01/Wikimedia Commons
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