Casa de les Punxes
A beautiful Gothic castle located in the heart of Barcelona's Avinguda diagonal catches the eye of any visitor in the city. Casa de les Punxes (House of Spikes) is a residential block built in the shape of medieval castle which is one of the recognizable modern landmarks on Barcelona's skyline.
Casa de les Punxes is also known as Casa Terrades and is an extraordinary cluster of six towers ending in Sharp needles is another of Puig i Cadafalch's northern European inspirations. The Terrades owned three buildings standing between the Avinguda Diagonal, Carrer Rosselló and Carrer Bruc Josep Puig I Cadafalch.
The project was completed in 1905 and resulted in an imposing triangular structure which rises up like a grand medieval castle with four turrets, one on each corner. The name Casa de les Punxes comes from the conical roofs, which end in a spike.
Basically, the house is not available for visitors since it is privately owned and intended for apartments. But do not miss the chance to take a closer look from outside the building. It is really fascinating to see, since you can recognize all kind of historic styles in the structure of the building. You can see the neo-Gothic style sculptural reliefs by Alfons Juyol, and stained-glass window by Eduard Amigo for example.
So if you are planning a trip to Barcelona, and love to do some sightseeing activities, it is definitely recommended to pass this beautiful historical building, take some pictures and may take a little break in one of the surrounding restaurants of Avinguda Diagonal.