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The headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping

© Pep Escoda

The current Chamber of Commerce building was designed by Antoni Pujol Sevil in 1929 as a private building, commissioned by the Puig Àvila family. At that time, though people were already starting to abandon Modernism, the building still has certain features that touch on Modernist principles, so despite the more classical lines of the building it is included in this guide. These features include the work on the upper part of the dome, with a Medieval air, the angle that separates the two façades of the building, topped by a wrought-iron weathervane. And the balustrade that tops off the whole (which consists of a ground floor and three upper stories) is made from artificial stone featuring fantastical beasts face affronty. These two details put the definitive finishing touches to an artistic movement that was still nascent in the city while Noucentisme had for some time been proliferating all over Catalonia with other aesthetic criteria.

(outside view)

Av. Pau Casals, 17
Coordinates: 
41.117229000000, 1.249593000000
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