Palau del Baró de Quadras
Exhibition: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 8pm, December 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st and January 1st and 2nd.
Tel. 933 680 836. www.casaasia.es
Timetables may vary.
Built in 1904, it is now the premises of the House of Asia (Casa Àsia, tel. 932 387 337, www.casaasia.es), a public institution set up in 2001 with the aim of promoting actions and projects to foster development with Asia in the institutional, cultural, academic and economic spheres. The mansion is a veritable compendium of Puig i Cadafalch’s capacity for design and elegance. Everything is exemplary: from the wrought iron door to the interior, with a highly ornamented foyer. One of the curiosities is the building’s double façade. The façade giving onto Avinguda Diagonal emphasises the noble nature of the mansion, and combines Gothic and Plateresque forms with an abundant floral decoration. The rear façade (giving onto Carrer Rosselló) reveals that the building was in origin not a palace, but a simple block of flats. The Arabic-style interior contains Roman mosaics, polychrome woodwork, sgraffito work and wooden lattices.