After being closed for three months due to the COVID-19, Casa Navàs has set a date for the public opening of its installations. It will be on Saturday the 11 of July. The modernists gem by Lluis Domènech i Montaner will reopen applying all the required health safety measures in order to carry out the visits with absolute security. Besides that, the recently rebuilt gable will be inaugurated the day before the guided visits start.

The upcoming Saturday 11th of July, Casa Navàs will reopen to the public. In order to adapt to the health measures that are required due to the COVID-19, there will be some changes to the daily operation of the house. The most relevant ones are the timetable changes and the reduction in the number of visitors during the guided tours. Visits continue being carried out from Monday to Sunday, mornings and evenings, in Catalan, Spanish, English and French and will last for 55 minutes. But now, instead of starting each hour “o’clock”, they will start every half hour, the first at 10am and the last one at 8pm. The house will be closed from 2pm to 4pm.

Before entering Casa Navàs, visitors’ temperatures will be taken, and they will also have to disinfect their hands with hydroalcoholic gel, wear masks, and protect their shoes with bootees. As usual at Casa Navàs, it is forbidden for visitors to touch anything during the tour. The groups will be made up of a maximum of 13 people in order to guarantee social distancing.

Entrance tickets with a discount

On the day of Sant Jordi (St. George’s Day), Casa Navàs started selling gift vouchers with reduced prices for the house entrance tickets, with an open-ended date and the merchandising related to it. The offer will remain in vigour through our website, www.casanavas.cat, until Sant Pere’s Day (St. Peter’s Day), Monday the 29th of June. From that date, the offer will no longer be operative and specifically organising the visit dates can begin.

Premium Visits

As we did last summer, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm we will offer you the chance to take the “Premium Visit”, a visit that lasts an hour and a half and includes vermouth and wine tasting on the terrace. White and red “Secrets de Casa Navàs” by the Clos Galena winery will be served. There will also be vermouth, specifically “Vermut Miró Reserva” and “Vermut Miró Blanc”. All this along with snacks, background music and the magic that spreads throughout the terrace built over a hundred years ago by the famous architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

New dates for those who already purchased tickets

As a result of the sudden closure due to the COVID-19, many visitors who, even though they had entrance tickets, could not enjoy the beaty of the Mercadal. Casa Navàs contacted all of them to offer a refund or change the visit to a future date, and most of them chose the second option. As of the 30th of June, the employees at Casa Navàs will contact these people again in order to find the best date for them to take the visit.

Those who have the « Vermouth Visits” and the “Modernist Nights” visits will be informed about the steps to be taken in order to enjoy these activities. Casa Navàs’s aim is that those who want to discover the work of Domènech have the chance to do so as comfortably as possible. If you have any doubts related to entrance ticket replacement/exchange, please send an e-mail to info@casanavas.cat.

Inauguration of the gable

The reopening of Casa Navàs to the public will coincide with the inauguration of the gable. The reconstruction works started last February and will be finished at the end of June. This will be on Friday the 10th of July when it will be unveiled to the citizens for the first time. Due to the COVID-19, we will not be able to hold the inauguration in the Mercadal Square as originally planned, so the event will take place online.

The week after the inauguration, the Casa Navàs shop will open so that everyone can see the documentary that explains the reconstruction works in detail. Two talks related to crowning the façade and the bombardments that destroyed it in 1938 will also be organised.

All the information related to the acts involving the gable reconstruction will be provided in the near future.

June 17, 2020

The first decorative gable stones have been installed at Casa Navàs today. This is a very delicate task as each piece weighs one tonne and that is why a 32-tonne crane with a 32-meter reach has been required, along with the excellent professionalism of all those involved. Five decorative stones in total will be put into place, and also a central panel where there is a circular medallion on which the date 1904 can be seen. The decorative motifs have been completely made manually and the stone used is from Vinaixa, the same one chosen by Lluís Domènech i Montaner at the beginning of the XX century. Just like the original, the total size of the gable will be 3,9 meters high by 4,8 meters wide. All the stones will be in place by this Wednesday and the entire works will be finished during the month of June.

After many months of prior work, at the end of the April direct work was started at Casa Navàs to get everything ready for the arrival of the gable. Once the roof geometry was varied, the first decorative stones of the frontispiece were installed. When all the pieces are in place, a three-dimensional steel structure will be installed behind the new gable to reinforce it.  From this point, the pinnacles can be placed, re-join the stones and the finishing touches, if required. Once the works are finished, a chromatic patina will be applied to the entire surface area. This will give homogeneity to the whole façade and, at the same time, it will protect it. Meanwhile, the upper part of the façade will also be cleaned.

All the gable’s decorative work, which has taken nearly four months, has been done manually by the stonecutters from the company Pedra Maties from Solsona. The people in charge of carrying out the works are the professionals from the restoration company Récop Restauracions, under the supervision of the technicians in charge of the project, the architects Pau Jansà and Joan Tous and the conservator-restorer, Pau Arroyo.

The gable’s decorative motifs

The gable is made up of five rectangular panels placed gradually on 3 levels separated by pinnacles, making a triangle over the gallery axis. From the conserved fragments, the panel features can be defined, sculpted with vegetation motifs and framed by a trilobed arch. The axis of each piece makes a branch with leaves that reach the base, twisting to define the two secondary axes. There is a 5-petal flower under each arch with a perforated sphere in the centre. The branches spiral along the sides of the flowers, two leaves re-routing the organic line of the main axis towards the meeting point between the geometric arch. The space between the central arch and the lateral one is filled with two flowers. All the ornamental pieces of the gable have the same design. There are also six pinnacles supported on columns and a central smooth panel where the medallion is and, just as could be seen in the original, the date 1904 is sculpted.

The destruction of the gable and the conservation of the pieces

It should be remembered that the gable was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War because of the many bombardments that the city of Reus endured. Specifically, the attack that affected Casa Navàs took place on the 26th of March 1938. That day, at about 8.20am, six S-79 bombers with 48 one-hundred kilo bombs and 24 twenty kilo incendiary bombs severely hit the capital of the Baix Camp. The bombing left Casa Navàs without part of the façade and the roof, in addition to the tower and the gable.

Some of the pieces of the gable fell onto Mercadal Square, the family who owned the house took the stones away and stored them on the estates that they had on the outskirts of the city. They have remained there for the last eighty years. Having conserved the pieces has been fundamental for the reconstruction of the frontispieces as this has meant that the stonecutters can reproduce the motifs in an identical way to the original ones.

June 17, 2020