Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s jewel will be open from 30 March to 5 April
The book Casa Navàs i el Modernisme de tota la província de Tarragona will be launched
Casa Navàs will reopen these Easter from 30 March to 5 April. After these days, the beauty of Mercadal will close again, to finally reopen next June. So that visitors can enjoy this Art Nouveau jewel, unique in Europe, Guided Tours and Vermouth Tours will be available. Coinciding with the reopening, Casa Navàs presents an editorial novelty: Casa Navàs i el Modernisme de tota la província de Tarragona. A guide to all the Art Nouveau buildings erected during the last decades of the XIX century and the firsts of the XX.
After being closed for weeks due to the current health emergency, Casa Navàs will reopen this Easter. It will be for only seven days, from Tuesday 30 March to Saturday 3 April guided tours will be available in the morning and the afternoon; and from Sunday 4 to Monday 5 April tours will be only available in the morning. As usual, our guides will explain the house in different languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, and French. In the Guided Tours, visitors will discover all the curiosities and history of this work by Domènech i Montaner, while watching the beauty sculpted by all the artists who work in it.
Those who want to complement the experience by enjoying vermouth in Casa Navàs’s terrace can join the Vermouth Tours that will take place from 3 to 5 April at 12.00 and 13.00 hours. These visits start with an hour walking tour inside the house ending at the terrace while tasting vermouth by Vermuts Miró. Tickets for all the tours are already available at the web www.casanavas.cat, at Reus’ Tourist Office or since 30 March at the entrance of Casa Navàs.
Note that all the tours have a small capacity of 13 people to ensure a safe distance. Visitors will need to sanitize their hands, wear shoe covers, and take their temperature before entering the
house. Furthermore, due to the pandemic, Casa Navàs implements daily disinfecting protocols on the premises. Don’t forget that Casa Navàs is the only Art Nouveau European building that keeps its original interior. Stepping inside, it’s like jumping back in time to watch how the Catalan ruling class in the early XX century lived.
Casa Navàs i el Modernisme de tota la província de Tarragona book launching
Art Nouveau is in luck as Casa Navàs has prepared the ultimate guide on the buildings erected in the province between the end of 1800 and early 1900. Casa Navàs i el Modernisme de tota la província de Tarragona is the most relevant inventory on the buildings erected on those days in Camp de Tarragona and Terres de l’Ebre. Altogether, there are over six hundred references corresponding to buildings and real estate located in over a hundred towns. Most of the indexed real estate are Art Nouveau, but among them, there are also some eclectic and Noucentist.
Casa Navàs i el Modernisme de tota la província de Tarragona has been edited by Xavier Martínez, Casa Navàs’ majority owner, and has been written and coordinated by architect Josep Maria Buqueras. The book will be launched on Thursday 8 April at 19.00 at Casa Navàs shop. Seating is limited, so it is advisable to reserve a place by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. One week later the book will be presented in Barcelona. However, the book will be already available in major bookshops in Catalonia at the end of March, and it will be also available at Casa Navàs entrance this Easter.
The premises will be open from 19 December to 5 January
For the first time, Casa Navàs will welcome 2021 with a New Year Concert
Discount gift vouchers will be on sale as Christmas presents
Reus, 8th December 2020
Casa Navàs will reopen for Christmas. After remained closed during a month and a half due to restrictions arising from the current health situation, the jewel by Lluís Domènech i Montaner can be visited from 19 December to 5 January. After Christmas, Casa Navàs will remain closed until March when, as long as the pandemic allows, it will reopen. A New Year Concert Visit has been scheduled for 2 January to celebrate the arrival of 2021 in a special, singular way. We also have discount gift vouchers so that everyone who comes to visit us can give Casa Navàs this Christmas.
Due to the current health situation and the mobility restrictions arising from it, Casa Navàs had to close its premises last November. However, on these festivities we want to allow visiting the only modernist building in Europe that keeps all its original interior to all those who have not yet done so. The customer service desk point will open on 17 December, but tours will be available from 19 Saturday on. Since then and until 23 December only four daily visits will be available at 12:00pm, 01.00pm, 06.00pm and 07.00pm. From 24 December on, there will be 3 or 6 tours available depending on if the premises are open in the morning and the afternoon, or only in the morning. On Sunday and days before festivities, the premises will remain open only in the morning. The house will be also open in the afternoon for the rest of the days. Besides, we offer the Vermouth Visit option for 27 December and 3 January at 12:00 am. Our premises will be open until 5 January when we will close again, to reopen definitively in March, as long as COVID-19 allows.
New Year Concert
Casa Navàs offers the chance to start the new year in a different, singular way —New Year Concert Visit! The experience will start with a guided tour on the noble floor of Casa Navàs and it will culminate with Artrio New Year concert. This trio is formed by Angie Rodríguez (vocals), Joan Casellas (electric guitar) and Iván Sáez (baritone saxophone), three artists from Reus. They will perform the perfect concert to welcome 2021 and say goodbye to 2020, a year to leave for deep reflections. They get a very close format by playing different styles such as jazz, soul, and pop. A Child Is Born or I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free will be some covers they will perform. You can count on Christmas carols such as Merry Christmas, Darling or Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! to be also performed.
As this was not enough, you can also enjoy some Christmas snacks. You will enjoy a wide selection of Torrons Vicens’ nougats, pa foradat (a bread speciality from Reus) with salmon, cheese, and chocolate from Forn Huguet, cava, and ‘Secrets de Casa Navàs’ wine from Clos Galena winery. It is going to be an unforgettable evening. You can’t miss it!
This Christmas give Casa Navàs as a gift
During these festivities, we often find it hard to choose the best present for the people we love. That is why Casa Navàs offers discount gift vouchers so you can give culture and heritage. It is a truly authentic, unique and special gift to enjoy with your couple, family or friends. The vouchers include two open date tickets so that the person receiving the gift can choose a visit when it suits him best, and some merchandising items such as the ‘Secrets de Casa Navàs’ wines box from Clos Galena winery, or La Casa Navàs, by Lluís Domènech i Montaner book. Our gifts have got a wide range of prices from €21 to €82, and you can buy them both on our web www.casanavas.cat and at the entrance of Casa Navàs from 17 December. Tickets will be also on sale for the Art Nouveau Evenings, guided tour and Art Nouveau concert and dinner for 2 April and 7 May.
The solidarity wine
Secrets de Casa Navàs is one of the recent novelties from Clos Galena winery. In such commemorative dates, Secrets de Casa Navàs wines want to reaffirm the spirit of solidarity. Until 31 January, Clos Galena will donate €1 from each bottle sold to the regional food bank.
Apart from being a solidarity wine, it is also linked to the arts, as its label has been designed by Catalan painter Josep Moscardó. Secrets de Casa Navàs is part of the project “Art, wine and territory”, an introduction to South Catalonia territory, which embodies the very essence of Mediterranean culture.
The sixth-grade students from La Vitxeta school were the first to have the experience. The idea is not only to make virtual tours on streaming for the students but also other groups.
Casa Navàs has made this morning its first virtual tour. The pilot test was carried out with students from La Vitxeta school in Reus and it is intended to be continuous. Beyond schoolchildren, this streaming service will bring this modernist jewel closer to all kinds of groups. It will also allow Casa Navàs to cross borders and be present on an international scale. The project is the result of a collaboration agreement between Casa Navàs and Reunim.cat, a streaming provider platform from Reus.
Around 50 students from La Vitxeta school in Reus visited several rooms of Casa Navàs this morning. Although it may be considered as irrelevant, this fact has the particularity of having taken place without the need of leaving the school for the students, as it has been broadcasted via streaming. The students from two sixth-grade classes have watched through their classrooms projectors how Casa Navàs’ director live explained this emblem house built in 1908 by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner just for them.
Apart from her explanations on the characteristics and many details on the house, the students had the chance to talk to the director who has solved all their doubts and curiosities. The initiative has been very popular among the children, who have actively participated during the virtual tour. The teachers have also valued very positively the project, especially at a time when they cannot go on excursions normally, as this visit has allowed them to offer the students a different experience and provide them with some time to relax as part of their usual educational programme.
This is a pilot test that Casa Navàs starts during the pandemic, due to the difficulty of developing cultural activities. At the moment, due to COVID-19, the premises are closed to the public. Beyond the current situation derived from the coronavirus, Casa Navàs wants to take this experience as a positive opportunity to offer this resource to other groups. Precisely, one of the next pilot tests will be with a group of people with reduced mobility, as the strict legal regulations on the conservation of the house do not allow the Art Nouveau building to be adapted to make it accessible to everyone. When the initiative is consolidated, work will also be done to make presentations in different parts of Spain and others around the world in different languages.
Casa Navàs and Reunim.cat combine efforts
This project is the result of a collaboration agreement between Casa Navàs and Reunim.cat, a recently created streaming provider platform that broadcasts live events online. The platform has been promoted by the businessmen Ramon Masip, from the video production company MABS, and Miquel Saperas, online marketing consultant, both from Reus.
Currently, the streaming sector is experiencing a moment of growth due to the confinement and the limitations to develop massive face-to-face events. Apart from guided visits to museums or singular buildings, Reunim.cat offers its services to many other sectors such as those of the world of culture, show business and entertainment (to broadcast concerts, plays or other events online), foundations or training companies (to hold online seminars), political parties (to broadcast rallies and pre-election events), sports entities (to broadcast parties or races), NGOs and non-profit entities, and a long list of others.
November’s guided visits and Art Nouveau Evenings are cancelled
Reus, 30th October 2020
Casa Navàs has ceased operating this Friday, 30th October. The current health situation and the new restrictive measures announced yesterday by the Government of the Generalitat force us to temporary closure. By now, the closure is effective until the end of November. At the end of next month, the situation will be reassessed and, depending on the evolution of the pandemic, a new opening date will be set. Therefore, this month’s guided visits and November’s Art Nouveau Evenings edition are cancelled.
This is by no means a definitive but a temporary farewell. We’ve had to make this decision out of social responsibility, and in order to help to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent the health system collapse. All those who have a ticket to visit the house or who need more information related to the management of booking, rescheduling, or cancellations should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casa Navàs machinery won’t stop and we will keep working even harder to be back stronger and with new projects. We strongly support culture and heritage, and we will always ensure our visitors enjoy this magnificent work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. For now, we will be very active on the social networks in order to keep in touch with all Art Nouveau lovers and culture in general.
Finally, Casa Navàs would like to thank the support and trust of all those who visited us since we reopened last July, and all those who intended to visit us soon. We also would like to acknowledge the great work of our staff, who will be reckoned with once we reopen to the public.
Although this is a complicated year, Casa Navàs stands, if pandemic let so, and will always stand for spreading the artistic heritage and culture. With this in mind, it will maintain the same opening days and all the activities that took place during the previous season. Furthermore, new events will be scheduled to be announced soon.
As usual, the facility can be visited from Monday to Sunday. Weekdays times are from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00, and Sundays from 10:00 to 15:00.
Art Nouveau Evenings
Art Nouveau Evenings come back this October, including a guided tour with a live concert and dinner at the old textile shop. This event gives the visitors the chance of putting themselves into the shoes of the Reus bourgeoisie in the early 20th century. It was very usual, between 1900 and 1930, to go to the theatre to see musical works performed by a violin and a piano and composed by the most famous Catalan composers at that time. After the concert, people were to the most fashionable bars, with a merrier atmosphere, and where the most popular and modern rhythms were played and danced. These two parts are the ones you could listen to performed by Garbuix Duet (Albert Galcerà i Albert Carbonell)
The next «Art Nouveau Evenings» dates will be the 30th of October, 27th of November, and 8 and 29 of January at 20:30. Cal Borrull is in charge of the supper, and the wines to be served are ‘Secrets de Casa Navàs’ (Casa Navàs’ secrets) white and red wines from the renowned winery Clos Galena.
If there were a drink that represents the city of Reus, no doubt that’s the vermouth. That is the reason why Vermouth Visits are back next autumn-winter season, in collaboration with Vermuts Miró. Every Saturday and Sunday, those who want to attend the guided visit at 12:30, 13:00, or 13:30, will have the chance to spend a while at the terrace of the house tasting three different vermouths by Vermuts Miró: white, red, and Reserva.
Casa Navàs is the more visited tourist and cultural facility in Reus
During the autumn-winter season, it will maintain and expand its cultural offerings
Casa Navàs’ occupancy balance after the summer is positive despite a complicated season due to the health situation. While it is true that international attendance has dropped considerably, domestic visitors’ attendance remained, and that saved the season. With nearly 5500 visitors, this emblem of Lluís Domènech i Montaner becomes the most visited tourist attraction in Reus. Casa Navàs doesn’t want to be defeated by the pandemic, and that’s why it will strengthen its commitment to culture in the next autumn-winter season by maintaining and expanding its activities.
The year 2020 is being a very complicated one for tourism, as due to COVID-19, the capacity of facilities had to be reduced and international tourist attendance dropped dramatically. Taken this into account, Casa Navàs ends the summer season — from 11th July until 30th September — with a positive balance, although far from one year-ago figures. It is highly significant that domestic tourism kept very similar figures. All in all, 4000 Catalans wanted to discover this Art Nouveau masterpiece.
Domestic tourism accounted for 53% of the total number of visitors received at Casa Navàs during the summer months, followed by visitors from Reus, which accounted for 20%, Spanish tourism with 14% of the attendants, and international tourism with 13%. These last two markets have declined sharply compared to 2019; with the French visitors at the top and without reaching 1,000 tourists, the international visitor has fallen around 82%, while the one from the rest of Spain has fallen by 55%.
In a very difficult year for tourism like this, the number of people who visited Casa Navàs daily after the reopening of the facility on July 11 exceeded expectations. A trend that lasted until August 21 when the Catalan Health Minister, Alba Vergés, announced special measures for the city of Reus to reduce the rate of infection from COVID-19. After that, good occupancy figures fell dramatically, a fact that has caused to end this summer with less optimistic data than the recorded so far.
Although making comparisons with 2019 is difficult because the situation is very different, and considering that due to the pandemic the capacity of the visits had to be reduced, Casa Navàs closes the summer with 45% fewer visitors than a year ago. A percentage that goes down to 31% if we only take into account the figures obtained up to the day of the appearance of the Catalan Minister of the Generalitat. However, with these data, Casa Navàs becomes the main tourist attraction in Reus as it is the facility that has registered more visitors in the city by far.
The reconstructed gable now shines on the façade of Casa Navàs
The inauguration has taken place this Thursday evening before the expectant citizens gathered in Mercadal Square.
Reus, 9th of July 2020
After months of waiting, the Casa Navàs gable is now a reality. It has been inaugurated this Thursday evening under the gaze of all the Reus citizens who have come to Mercadal Square to discover the details of this reconstruction. The act, designed to be seen on-line due to the COVID-19, has also been widely followed through the Casa Navàs website and Canal Reus. The director of Casa Navàs, Sílvia Sagalà, values this historic moment given that “with the reconstruction of the gable we are very close to giving Casa Navàs back the original appearance designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner at the start of the XX century”.
Total satisfaction among the Casa Navàs team after seeing the reconstructed gable standing out on the top of the façade. “Eighty-two years ago, the house lost the crown and returning it means, in some ways, repairing the effects that the Civil War had on Reus”, says the director of Casa Navàs while adding that “ it is an important moment for the city of Reus but also for the country and European Modernism in general, as it recovers the genuine design created by Domènech”. Currently, Casa Navàs is the only modernist building in the whole of Europe that conserves its original interior. Now, only the tower has to be reconstructed so that the exterior is also as planned by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Before unveiling the gable, the documentary “Casa Navàs. Rebuilding the memory” was shown. Made by the Reus producer Acid Factory, the documentary goes through the entire reconstruction process with the agents involved in the project. Afterwards, the company Lucky Luke and Les Artistes Locals took the spectators back to the start of 1900 re-enacting characters like Domènech, the worker Manel and his girlfriend Coia. The architect has been in charge of the countdown to inaugurating the gable. Sagalà wishes to thank the professionalism of everybody involved in the inauguration, such as the producer Acid Factory, the company Lucky Luke and Les Artistes Locals, to video-production Mabs, Proditsa, the hairdressers’ and the make-up artists, Josep Maria Casas from Barato and the staff at the house, “thanks to their involvement, the inauguration has been a great success”. The director of Casa Navàs also wants to show appreciation for all the work carried out by the technical team that worked on the reconstruction of the gable. The work of the architects, Joan Tous and Pau Jansa, the conservator-restorer, Pau Arroyo, the stonecutters from the company Pedra Maties and all the team from the Rècop company has been outstanding.
The reopening of Casa Navàs
Casa Navàs had to close its doors to the public on the 13th of March due to the coronavirus pandemic. After four months, this Saturday the 11th of July, the guided visits will begin again. In order to provide the visitor with the utmost safety, all the health safety measures have been put in place. The visits will be staggered and the maximum number in the groups will be 13, and it will be compulsory to use masks, booties, disinfect hands and temperatures will be taken before entering. Moreover, the house will be constantly disinfected to prevent risk of infection.
The visits will take place from Monday to Friday from 10am to 2.30pm and from 4pm to 9pm. They will last for an hour and will start every half hour. Moreover, on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the evening, visitors will be offered the Premium Visit with guided visits that finish with wine tasting sessions of “Secrets de Casa Navàs” from the Clos Galena winery and vermouths from Vermuts Miró. And all with snacks and background music.
Casa Navàs will inaugurate the reconstructed gable on Thursday the 9th of July
Due to the COVID-19, the inauguration will be on-line. It can be seen through the Casa Navàs website and Canal Reus.
Reus, 3rd of July 2020
After many months of hard work, the Casa Navàs gable is now a reality. It will be inaugurated on the 9th of July at 8.30pm. A consequence of the COVID-19 is that Reus City Hall has not given permission to carry out the presentation with public present in Mercadal Square, so the debut will be on-line. Everyone who wants to follow it can do so through the Casa Navàs website, www.casanavas.cat, and through Canal Reus. The presentation will include the documentary; Casa Navàs. Reconstruint la memòria (Casa Navàs. Rebuilding the memory) and there will be a theatrical re-enactment when the gable is unveiled. The final appearance of the gable is very similar to the one designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner at the beginning of the XX century. We have only been able to interpret the morphology of the small pinnacles, the central ones and the decorative floral crown on all the pinnacles as there are no conserved original pieces.
On the morning of the 26th of March 1938, six SM-79 bombers with 48 explosive bombs and 24 incendiary bombs attacked Reus. One of them directly affected Casa Navàs and destroyed part of the façade, walls and roof, in addition to the tower and the gable. Between the forty’s and sixty’s, important reconstruction work was carried out, but the tower and crowning on the façade were left pending. Now, eighty-two years after the destruction, Casa Navàs is about to recover the original appearance designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Drafting of the gable project started back in 2014, but it was not until July 2019 that it was presented to the Territorial Commission for Cultural Heritage of the Catalan Government in Tarragona for approval. After studying it in detail, the commission gave the green light and, at the end of January 2020, the stonecutters from the Pedra Maties de Solsona workshop started to sculpt the stone from Vinaixa. In the month of April, the architectonic heritage restoration and refurbishing company Rècop started to work directly on Casa Navàs. The works terminated at the end of June. All this reconstruction process has been closely monitored by the architects of the project, Pau Jansà and Joan Tous, and by the conservator-restorer, Pau Arroyo.
The final appearance of the rebuilt gable is very similar to the one designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The morphology of the decorated stone panels and the large pinnacles, the ones at the edges of the crowning, are practically identical as we have been able to copy them from conserved original pieces. However, the small pinnacles in the centre of the frontispiece are an inspiration because there are no conserved genuine ones. In order to make them, information has been obtained from photographs of the period and from the stonework inside the house. For the work on the crowns with flowers that decorate all the pinnacles, the previous procedure was also followed.
The reconstruction process has been very faithful to the project designed by the architects and the conservator-restorer. Only two changes had to be made. On one hand, the size of the metallic structure that supports the gable was reduced and, on the other, glazed coloured tiles were chosen, just like the originals, instead of brownish colours.
The inauguration of the gable
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the presentation of the gable cannot be carried out with public in Mercadal Square, as was originally planned, because the City Hall has not given permission to occupy public places. Therefore, the inauguration will have to be virtual. The event can be followed through the website of the house, www.casanavas.cat, and through Canal Reus. The event will start at 8.30pm with the documentary Casa Navàs. Reconstruint la memòria (Casa Navàs. Rebuilding the memory) and, later, there will be a theatrical re-enactment that will finish with the gable being unveiled.
Casa Navàs. Rebuilding the memory is a short format documentary produced by the Reus company Acid Factory. It explains the step-by-step reconstruction process of the gable through the people who have been involved in it, such as the architects, the conservator-restorer, the site manager, and the director of Casa Navàs. The ethnologist Salvador Palomar will also participate in order to situate the gable within its context and to explain how people lived through the bombings during the Civil War, and the writer Xavier Amorós, one of the few people from the city who still remembers the appearance the house had before it was destroyed. The aim of the documentary is to leave a legacy of the reconstruction of the gable so that the generations to come can understand the detailed work that was carried out on it.
Apart from just the images shown in the documentary, Acid Factory has been registering the details of every step that has been taken during the reconstruction. All this material will be edited and ceded to the Mas Iglesias Image Centre so that the citizens can have access to it.
Unveiling the gable
Once the documentary is over, there will be a theatrical re-enactment that will finish with the unveiling of the gable. The creation and stage management will be run by the company Lucky Luke, in collaboration with Les Artistes Locals. The stars of the show are the architect who designed Casa Navàs, Lluís Domènech i Montaner (Manuel Barroso), one of the workers who sculpted the stone (Benjamín Miguel) and his girlfriend (Irene Benavent).
The closing act will be Domènech i Montaner inaugurating the gable. At the moment, the gable is covered thanks to the fabric confected by the tailor Josep Maria Casas.
Other events in the house shop
In addition to the gable inauguration, other activities have been prepared. During the week after the inauguration of the crowning of the façade, from the 13th to the 18th of July, the shop will be open all day. Everyone who wants to can enter and watch the documentary, Casa Navàs. Rebuilding the memory. Furthermore, at the entrance to the old textile establishment, two of Domènech’s frontispiece originals will be on exhibit.
In parallel, two conferences have been organised. The first will take place on Monday the 13th of July at 7.30pm. Entitled Bombardments in Reus during the Civil War, the ethnologist Salvador Palomar and the historian Ezequiel Gort will offer a talk in which they explain the effects that the bombings had on the capital of the Baix Camp and, more specifically, on Casa Navàs.
Two days later, on Wednesday the 15th of July at 7.30pm, the architect Joan Tous, the conservator-restorer Pau Arroyo, Rècop’s director of restoration Roser Galceran, and the director of Casa Navàs, Sílvia Sagalà, will be the speakers at the conference entitled The restoration of the Casa Navàs gable. These talks will take an exhaustive look at the reconstruction process of the frontispiece.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
The works on the roof of Casa Navàs have started this morning and these should culminate with the reconstruction of the gable. The works to recover this element of the house, which was destroyed during the Civil War, began at the end of January and, since then, the stonecutters, professionals from Pedra Maties de Solsona company, have been sculpting the panels of the crowning. During the next two weeks, they will have finished all the reproductions and, therefore, now is the time to prepare the roof of Casa Navàs for the gable.
Throughout this week, the roof will be raised, and work will begin to vary its geometry. Next week, a three-dimensional steel structure will be installed and this will be supported on the existing pillars and a triangle attached at the rear of what will be the gable. Using the plans of the three-dimensional steel structure, a new roof with ceramic dovetail, thermal insulation and reusing the original tile for the finish.
If the weather conditions and the state of alarm due to the COVID-19 pandemic permit, the forecast is that, in the middle of May, placing the gable stones will begin. The goal is to have the entire reconstruction process completed before the end of June.
The campaign, #TotsFemSantJordi, has been set up so that all the citizens of Reus decorate their balconies with homemade roses to coincide with the day in honour of the Patron Saint of Catalonia. The same day, Casa Navàs will start to sell gift vouchers with entrance tickets and other products with exclusive discounts. It will also open up a new section on its website so that all the family can play with modernism.
Undoubtedly, Saint George’s Day is one of the most significant dates on the Catalan festive calendar. This year, due to the current state of confinement, the 23rd will not be as radiant as it usually is. With the aim of filling the streets with colour, Casa Navàs encourages the Reus citizens to decorate their balconies through the #TotsFemSantJordi campaign, an initiative which, in Barcelona, has been set up by Casa Batlló.
The idea is very simple, just get some recycled materials, paints, plasticine, papers and/or colours and let your imagination go wild and make some roses to decorate the city’s balconies. Casa Navàs has already bedecked its own; but it had to be done in a more minimalist way than last year because the scaffolding, which was put up for the reconstruction of the gable, covers most of the façade. Reus City Hall also supports this initiative and is considering decorating some of its municipal buildings.
In order to share the citizens’ creations, they should take a photograph of their balconies and/or while they are creating the decoration and post them on Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #TotsFemSantJordi and tag the Casa Navàs profile, (@casanavas.reus).
Discounts to visit the house
Saint George’s Day is a special day to spread culture and, therefore, on the 23rd of April, the sale of gift vouchers will start so that everybody who wants to can visit the house at a lower price. The gift vouchers will not have a specific end date so they can be exchanged throughout 2020. The discount packs will include entrance tickets for different visits that Casa Navàs offers, its books, wines and the calendar or the house’s jigsaw puzzle. They can be purchased through the website www.casanavas.cat and they will be on sale as long as the COVID-19 confinement lasts.
Have fun with Casa Navàs!
On Saint George’s Day, Casa Navàs will also open up a new section on its website where it will post activities for all the family to play. There will be workshops for handcrafts, drawings to paint related to modernism, mosaic creations, word searches and find-the-difference games. The section will gradually upload new activities.
Casa Navàs shuts its doors temporarily starting the afternoon of the 13th of March. Following the OMS’ and the sanitary authorities from the Catalan Government recommendations, the owners have made this decision to reduce the propagation of the Covid-19 pandemic and with the intention of avoiding any hold ups of the sanitary system.
As a cultural organization and a Cultural Property of National Interest, Casa Navàs believes it is part of its responsibilities to look after the health and wellbeing of all the visitors and workers.
We foresee to re-open the next 1st of April, as long as the situation allows it to. All the costumers that require more information or have any doubts regarding the management of the bookings, rescheduling o cancelations, can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope this decision is understood by all the visitors and citizens, and that it contributes to the swift recovery from this virus.
Thank you and sorry for any inconveniences.
This figure represents an increase of 214,70% compared to 2018.
The majority of visitors are from Catalonia, followed by international ones and then Spanish visitors.
Casa Navàs closes 2019 with a total of 31,719 visitors. This has been the first year that this modernist emblem has been fully operational, opening every day of the week throughout the entire year. If we compare with 2018, with 10.079 visitors, there has been an increase of 214,70%.
The Catalan public have shown most interest for the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner. With 13,298 people, which represents 42% of visitors throughout the year. To this data we should add the 5,508 people from Reus who have taken the visit, which makes the percentage increase 17% more. After the Catalans, international visitors were the ones whose presence was most noted in Casa Navàs. With 7,243 people, representing 23% of the annual visitors. Finally, 5,699 visitors have come from the Spanish State, which translates into nearly 18% of the total.
The owners of Casa Navàs positively evaluate these results and thank the trust given by all those who wanted to discover this gem of European modernism. When the new phase of the house began, they were convinced of getting a good response from the citizens, but the results have greatly exceeded expectations, a fact that shows that opening Casa Navàs to the world was a pending issue in the city of Reus.
The origin of the visitors
Analysing which Catalan cities have had more presence in the annual results, Reus leads the ranking, just in front of Barcelona, with 5,131 visitors. The podium is completed by Tarragona, Lleida, Sabadell and Girona, in that order.
Regarding international public, France is by far the main (2,748 people) visiting foreign country, followed by Russia (893 people), Germany (613 people) and the United Kingdom (446 people).
Once more, the Valencian Country (1,397 people) is the Spanish autonomous community that has brought most visitors to Casa Navàs. From the Community of Madrid, 879 people have come and from the Basque Country, 694 people.
Visitor profile majority
The profile of the people who have visited Casa Navàs during 2019 has been very diverse. Analysing all of them, it could be said that, from 2,260 people, the type of people who most visit this building have been from Reus with a general entrance ticket (from 15 to 64 years old). With 2,127 people, it is followed by people from Barcelona who are over 65 and then 1,898 people from Barcelona but with a general entrance ticket. Finally, with 1,250 visitors, the French with a general entrance ticket represent the fourth position of the majority profile of visitors to Casa Navàs.
The most requested visiting times are from 12 to 1pm and the busiest days were registered during the month of August.
New activities at Casa Navàs
One of the success secrets in 2019 was the diversification of proposals at Casa Navàs. This summer, the “Premium Visit” was set up and these were guided visits with wine and vermouth tasting on the terrace of the house in the evenings. And in Autumn, another two proposals were started: the “Modernist Nights”, which are visits with modernist concerts and dinner in the shop, and the “Vermouth Visits”, which include a guided visit to taste vermouth at midday on the terrace.
All of these initiatives have been warmly received among the visitors, so much so that all of them had to be extended. In the case of “Modernist Nights”, the pass has been extended to include the first Friday in February, March and April. At the moment, the February one is already full. Casa Navàs aims to continue offering new activities so that the public can fully enjoy the only modernist building in Europe that still conserves its original interior.
Another highlight of 2019 were the private events activities. There have been many different ones like the presentation of restaurants in the Ganxet Pintxo event organised by Estrella Damm, the presentation of the Omega watch, by Solanes Jewellers or the dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Misericòrdies Association of Reus.
The interest shown by companies and associations to carry out some type of outstanding celebration in such a special place as Casa Navàs is growing, in fact, for 2020 several bookings have already been made.
Casa Navàs has been one of the places chosen by the Reus City Hall to hold the IX Edition of the Ex-Reus Citizens Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to get the opinion about the present and the future of Reus from people who were born in the city but who now either live or have developed their professional careers outside the city.
The Mayor of Reus, Carles Pellicer; and the meeting coordinator, Antoni Pont, have chaired a session in which the Reus Government has explained the evolution of strategic projects for the future of Reus, and special attention has been paid to rail infrastructure projects likes the Camp de Tarragona intermodal station and the Bellissens stop. The presentation was given by the Councillor for Urbanism and Mobility, Marina Berasategui. This first part of the sessions took place in the Castell del Cambrer Cultural Centre.
The leisure part took place in Casa Navàs. The visitors started out with a guided visit to discover this Lluís Domènech i Montaner emblem. Afterwards, a fellowship dinner was held in the old Navàs Blasco textile shop.
The gable will be made with natural stone from Vinaixa
The works are forecast to be finished before Easter Week
The reconstruction works of the Casa Navàs gable have already started. Setting up the scaffolding has begun today and work on the roof will begin next week. Finally, the Catalan Government has accepted the use of natural stone instead of artificial, for the gable panels.
This week, the Catalan Government’s Territorial Commission for Cultural Heritage in Tarragona has approved the reconstruction works on the gable with natural stone. This has been done after the owners requested an initial project modification, which considered artificial stone. In order to prevent the creation of a “historical wronging”, and so that the reconstructed part could not be confused with the original, the stone will be worked in a different way. There are several options on the drawing board: work on the surface texture of the new elements, leaving them smooth, without tool marks (chisel, cutters, etc.); sculpt the decorative vegetation shapes reducing their volume; or work them using geometric plans, leaving out the organic shapes shown on the original elements. The most feasible option will be decided upon over the coming days.
In any case, all works carried out on the reconstruction of the gable will be perfectly documented in writing, in graphics and in photographs. The aim is that future generations will always have the necessary information to know that the Casa Navàs gable is not the original from 1904 but rather works carried out in 2020.
The intention of the Casa Navàs owners is, just as Lluís Domènech i Montaner did at the beginning of the XX century, to use stone from Vinaixa (Lleida). This is sandstone that it is easy to mould. The stonecutters, with their workshop in Solsona, will begin to make the replicas of the pieces next week. This is the most complex part of the gable reconstruction.
The works begin
This Thursday morning, the operators have started to set up the scaffolding, a task that has had to be postponed for a few days because of the extremely bad weather. If there are no more hitches, it will be finished on Monday. Early Tuesday morning, the architects in charge of the project, restorers, stonecutters, site managers and representatives of Casa Navàs will make the first visit to the worksite and, from thereon in, work on the roof will begin to prepare it for the arrival of the stones that will crown the gable. The works are forecast to last for two and a half months and that, before Easter Week, all the works will have been completed.
A canvas with a modernist design has also been made and this will cover all the scaffolding in order to reduce the visual impact of the works. The canvas will be put in place half way through next week.
The original gable
It should be remembered that the original gable, tower, roof and the upper part of the façade were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. One of the many bombings that the city of Reus suffered during those years, the one on the 26th of March 1938, seriously affected Casa Navàs, destroying its appearance. Now, eighty years later, the owners want to give this emblem of European modernism its original image back.
Ferran Adrià, one of the most prestigious chefs in the world, has visited Casa Navàs. He has done so within the framework of some private events that are held in this unique building where Adrià was the guest of honour. The chef has visited Casa Navàs along with the rest of the guests and was very impressed with the beauty of the Lluís Domènech i Montaner work. He affirms that there are very few houses in the world with the magnificence of this one and he was surprised by the precise work carried out by the craftsmen who shaped it one hundred years ago.
After visiting the house, Ferran Adrià has given a talk to the business people invited to the event. The old textile shop was the setting to hear how Adrià narrated the evolution of his professional career, from the beginnings of ‘El Bulli’ restaurant to its closure. The conference then concentrated on his new personal project, ‘ElBulli 1846’.
When the talk finished, Adrià individually spoke to each one of the attendees, who took advantage of the moment to ask him questions about his business, gastronomy, tourism and the economy in general. For the chef, there are no differences between large and small business, the key to success is effort and professionalism when undertaking the project.
Despite the fact that the current aspect of Casa Navàs is not the original one, it is true that for most Reus people today’s image is the one that they associate this emblematic modernist building with, because they have always seen this way. In one month’s time, the reconstruction work on the gable will begin and this will change the physiognomy of this Domènech i Montaner work forever. Therefore, Casa Navàs invites all the citizens to immortalise its aspect through the “Be a witness, experience the change” campaign. A fast-painting contest will be organised and also a photography contest for the social networks.
The fast-painting contest will take place on Saturday the 11th of January in collaboration with CT Art Gallery, for everybody who wants to can take part and the aim is to immortalise the façade of Casa Navàs. There will be three categories: Adults (over 16 years old), Youngsters (from 10 to 15 years old) and Infants (under 10 years old). The prize for the Adult category is a cheque for 600 €, for the Youngsters, a Samsung Galaxy Tab A10.1, painting material and two tickets to visit Casa Navàs and, for the Infants, a set of painting and handcraft products valued at over 100€ and two tickets for the guided visit and the jigsaw puzzle of the house.
Contest registration is free and can be done from the 21st of December and up to one hour before the start of the contest in Casa Navàs or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Each participant can enter just one work and the technique and procedure will be free choice. The registration, paper stamping and the canvases will be done on the same day of the contest from 10.30 to 11am in the Casa Navàs shop. The size of the work must be A3. The organisation will give a sheet to each artist. If the participant wants to use another type of support, they should bring it. The works must be handed in before 1.15pm.
The jury may declare any prize null and void and its verdict is irrevocable. The winners will be declared on the same day of the contest at 1.45pm in Casa Navàs. The awarded works will remain the property of the organisers and will be temporarily exhibited on the front window of Casa Navàs.
Photography contest for social networks
For those who prefer the camera to the brush, Casa Navàs has also set up a photography contest on Facebook and Instagram. The winner will get a set of Casa Navàs products valued at over 100 €. The photos must be good quality as the winning ones will be printed.
In order to participate you just have to be inspired and take a good photo of the house’s façade. Once posted on these two networks, the photo must be tagged with the Casa Navàs profile (@casanavas.reus), using hashtag #ViuelcanviCasaNavàs, mention the people that you want to share the prize with and follow the house’s profile.
The photographs can be posted from the 21st of December and the deadline for publication is the 25th of January. A jury will choose three finalist photos and they will be exhibited on the front window of Casa Navàs. Once the three images have been chosen, these will be posted on the profile @casanavas.reus, the photo with most likes in one week will win the contest. The verdict will be made public on the 3rd of February.
The reconstructions tasks will end before Easter
Setting up of the “Be a witness, experience the change” campaign in order to immortalise the façade’s current appearance
The Spanish Civil War changed the physiognomy of Casa Navàs forever. Now, eighty years later, the current owners of the house have decided to give it back its original appearance. The restoration will be carried out gradually and the first step is to reconstruct the gable, which will be finished at Easter. In order to immortalise the current image of the house, they have set up the “Be a witness, experience the change” campaigns, a painting and photography contest in which the winners will be awarded up to 600 €.
Reus was one of the most punished Catalan cities during the Spanish Civil War. The bombing of the city was constant and in the early morning of the 26th of March 1938 a bomb destroyed the roof on the second floor, the tower and the gable. A few years later, the owners at that time –Joaquim Blasco and Maria Font de Rubinat- had the roof and the walls on the second floor reconstructed, but they couldn’t recover the tower or the gable.
Eighty years after the destruction, the current owners of Casa Navàs have decided to restore the effects that the War had on one of the most emblematic works designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Recovering the original aspect will be gradual and the first thing that will be done is to rebuild the gable. The works will begin in January and will be finished at Easter.
Description of the original gable
The gable was made up of 5 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 made a branch with leaves that reached the base, twisting to define the two secondary axes. There was a 5-petal flower under each arch with a perforated sphere in the centre. The branches spiralled 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 was filled with two flowers. All the ornamental pieces of the gable had the same design.
Very partial parts of the pinnacle remain, which makes it necessary to create models inspired on similar elements from other parts of the building. In the centre of the gable’s smooth panel wall, there was a circular medallion with ornaments and the date 1904 could be seen. This medallion will also be recovered in the reforms.
The gable’s stability was provided by its size –its surface area was 8.60 m2, it was 4 metres high and 4.74 m wide- and also because of the geometry of the roof, made up of gabled ends behind it. When reconstructing the roof, after the bombing, haste eliminated the chance to redo the gable and the roofed part that supported it.
Recovering the gable
With the aim of corroborating what the original gable was and to recreate the design in plans, the architects Pau Jansà Olivé and Joan Tous Gomà-Camps and conservator-restorer Pau Arroyo Casals have designed an architectural project. In order to do so, historical research has been carried out along with drawing on information from archive photographs and plans. The project was approved by the Catalan Government’s Heritage Commission of Tarragona las July. The works will be carried out by the Reus restoration company Rècop which, with over 25 years of experience, has been in charge of many important restorations throughout the country, like the Casa Batlló façade restoration and the pavilion of Sant Manel within the historic site of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona.
The first step in the reconstruction has been to gather the original stones that, from eighty years ago, have been dispersed over different estates owned by the Font de Rubinat family. When the bomb destroyed part of Casa Navàs, the pieces were stored in a house in the prison street and, little by little, they moved them by carriage to the estates that the family had on the outskirts of the city. The stones were sedimentary, brought from Vinaixa (Lleida), and, in order to respect the same characteristics, the reconstruction will also use natural stone from Vinaixa.
The restorers and the stonecutters who are in charge of the works, are taking the final decisions about what is the best method to make the replicas of the pieces. Although it was first thought the best way was to make a mould, now they are opting for specialised stonecutters who can reproduce the pieces with natural stone using pieces recovered from the panels with stone as models. To make the decorated pieces for the frontispiece, three months of uninterrupted work was required, while Rècop will continue working on the façade of the house to prepare for the arrival of the gable. The scaffolding to start the works will be set up at the beginning of the second fortnight of January.
Once the scaffold is in place, the geometry of the roof will have to be changed to stabilise the gable and give it back its original appearance. After demolishing the part of the existing roof affected by the intervention, a three-dimensional structure will be built of steel profiles supported by plates over the existing pillars and a triangle attached to the rear of the new gable. The structure will reproduce the corner of the new stretch of roof. Using the plans for the three-dimensional steel structure, the new roof will be made with a ceramic dovetail, thermal insulation and finished with original reused tile.
The centre of the gable is made up of smooth stones, these will be placed first and they will be joined with fibreglass rods. The contour of the gable has decorative pieces and these will be the last to be put in place. Once the works have been finished, a chrome patina will be applied (lime water with inorganic pigments) to the entire surface area, the same technique used in modernist times. This will give the entire façade homogeneity and will also protect it. At the same time, the upper part of the façade will be cleaned.
“Be a witness, experience the change” campaign
Despite the fact that the current aspect of Casa Navàs is not the original one, it is true that for most Reus people today’s image is the one that they associate this emblematic modernist building with, because they have always seen this way. In one month’s time, the reconstruction work on the gable will begin and this will change the physiognomy of this Domènech i Montaner work forever. Therefore, Casa Navàs invites all the citizens to immortalise its aspect through the “Be a witness, experience the change” campaign. A fast-painting contest will be organised and also a photography contest for the social networks.
Ten original pieces with decorative motifs have been inventoried
The owners of Casa Navàs have decided to recover the original aspect of what is one of the most important modernists buildings in the whole of Europe. The first step for this reconstruction has been to gather all the original stones, ten of which have decorative motifs. Now they are being inventoried and catalogued in order to produce replicas that are identical to the originals.
Reus was the third most bombarded Catalan city during the Spanish Civil War. Chance had it that one of the bombs hit Casa Navàs, destroying the roof on the second floor, the gable and the tower. This fact changed, once and for all, the original aspect of one of the most emblematic buildings designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Now, the owners of Casa Navàs, consisting of the businessman Xavier Martínez and the heiress Dolors Blasco, have decided to restore the effects of the War and recover two of the house’s emblems; the tower and the gable. These works will be carried out gradually and, for the time being, they will be focused only on one of the two projects that will become a reality in 2020.
After developing the architectonic project, very experienced restorers in the sector have started the reconstruction works. The first thing that has been done is to gather all the original stones that have been dispersed, for many years, among the various estates owned by the Font de Rubinat family. Specifically, ten pieces with decorative motifs have been found. Of these, five belong to the façade, mainly the cornice, and there is still a doubt as to whether some of them formed part of the tower or not. The other five are from the gable. There are also other pieces with straight lines that are part of the prismatic-shaped ashlars and straighter cornices that were not used in the first reconstruction.
When the bomb hit Casa Navàs, the owners of the house, at that time Joaquim Blasco and Maria Font de Rubinat, saved the stones in one of the buildings they had in the prison street and, little by little, they moved them by carriage to the estates that the family had on the outskirts of the city. Since then, the pieces have been spread all over these lands. Now, 80 years later, the owners have decided to gather them together in order to catalogue them and to guarantee their future conservation.
Entering Casa Navàs is like leaping back in time to learn about the day-to-day life of the bourgeoisie at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, Casa Navàs wants to go one step further by giving visitors the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of the people from Reus of the last century with the ‘Nits Modernistes’ (Modernist Nights). In addition to the guided tour, the initiative also allows visitors to discover what kind of music they heard at the time while tasting a standing dinner in the emblematic Navàs Blasco shop.
Between 1900 and 1930, it was customary to go to the theatre to see works performed for violin and piano by the best-known Catalan composers of the time. At the end of the concert, people went to fashionable bars, where the atmosphere was more festive and offered music with the most popular and modern rhythms. These two blocks are what we will hear in the proposal presented by Garbuix Duet (Albert Galcerà and Albert Carbonell). A first part with works by Frederic Mompou, Manuel de Blancafort, Enric Morera, Enric Granados, Eduard Toldrà … composers and creators of the Catalan musical modernism; and a second part with French tunes for violin and accordion, Argentinean Tangos, Boleros and Swings …
The ‘Nits Modernistes’ (Modernist Nights) will begin on 8th November and will last until 27th December. They will be held on Fridays at 8 pm and will cost €39. The experience will begin with a guided tour of the entire Casa Navàs, ending at the shop where the dinner concert will take place. The dinner will be provided by Cal Borrull and will be paired with the white and red wine ‘Secretos de Mar’ by Clos Galena. This winery with international prestige continues to be committed to collaborating with Casa Navàs after the success achieved with the Premium Visits – guided visit and wine and vermouth tasting on the terrace – this August and September. In order to achieve a more authentic evening, all visitors are recommended to come dressed in etiquette.
If there is one drink that represents the city of Reus that is, without a doubt, vermouth. Vermouth is a white wine macerated with herbs that began to be produced in a traditional way by many families in the city during the eighteenth century. In the 1950s, Reus had around thirty producers who manufactured some fifty brands of vermouth, then the product experienced a decline and a few years ago the Vermouth from Reus appeared again achieving international recognition and prestige. So much so that today whoever visits the city does not leave without trying Reus Vermouth.
Following this idea, Casa Navàs will start the ‘Visites Vermut’ (Vermouth visits) the upcoming 16th of November. Every Saturday and Sunday, those who take the guided tour at 1 pm will have the option of staying a little longer on the terrace of the house tasting vermouths by Vermuts Miró. As was done with the Premium Visits this summer, Casa Navàs continues to collaborate with Vermuts Miró to bring this genuine drink from the city to visitors. The ‘Visita Vermut’ costs €15 and will include a tasting of the Vermut Miró Blanco, the Vermut Miró Roig and the Vermut Miró Reserva. The evening will be enlivened by a musical selection and there will be a small snack. If the weather does not allow the tasting on the terrace, it will be transferred to the old fabric shop of Casa Navàs. The ‘Visites Vermut’ will last until June.
Casa Navàs closes the summer season with record figures. In total, 10,868 people have visited this modernist gem during the months of July, August and September, which means there has been an increase of 156% in relation to the previous year. Looking beyond the numbers, we would highlight the high level of visitor satisfaction and, for them, the most impressive thing is being able to venture inside the only modernist house in the whole of Europe that still conserves its original interior.
The majority of the visitors to Casa Navàs during the summer months were international. At 3,836 people, they represent 35,3% of all visitors. The owner of Casa Navàs very positively values this fact as it means that the house is becoming more and more internationally known. And, as usual, the number one on the podium goes to the French, as 40,62% of international visitors come from our neighbouring country. Next come the Russians with 16,32% and, lagging quite far behind, come the British, Belgians and Germans.
The majority of visitors coming to Casa Navàs continue being from Catalonia. This summer, 3,584 Catalans, 32,98%, wanted to discover this emblem of European modernism. Nearly 34% came from Barcelona, 9,7% from Tarragona, 6% from Lleida and around 2% from nearby towns like Cambrils and Salou. The rest of the national visitors are spread throughout the Catalan region in smaller percentages.
Finally, tourists from the rest of the Spanish state represent 15,80% of the total summer visitors. From these 1,717 people, 19% have come from the Community of Madrid, 15% from Valencia, 14% from Aragon and 13% from the Basque Country.
Reus visitors increase
Local visitors are increasingly opting for this cultural emblem in the city of Reus. 15,74% of all visitors to Casa Navàs, which means 1,711 people, are from Reus. In fact, if we analyse visitor profiles as per where they are from and type of ticket bought (general, over 65, students….); people from Reus with a general entrance ticket have been the largest profile group visiting the house these summer months. This is good news for Casa Navàs because it means that, step by step, the people from Reus are getting to know about this modernist gem and feel more identified with it.
In August, Casa Navàs launched its Premium Visits, guided visits with vermouth and wine tasting on the terrace. The initiative has been a total success and most days the “sold out” sign was hung up and, therefore, it was decided that the initiative should be extended to the end of September. Given this good reception, the management at Casa Navàs is working on new proposals in order to offer the visitor the chance to enjoy the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner in a different way.
After the slogan: “Give Casa Navàs as a present this Christmas”, the house offers citizens different gift vouchers so that anyone who wants to can buy, with a discount, either tickets, the large format book: La Casa Navàs, by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, or the collection of poems written by Maria Font de Rubinat: Vivint a Casa Navàs. 1982-1998.
Gift vouchers can be purchased from Thursday 6 December at Casa Navàs and must be exchanged for tickets at the Reus Tourist Office.
The Casa Navàs store has hosted a very special celebration, the 40th anniversary of the Grup de Misericòrdies de Reus. A total of 130 people, mainly members of the Misericòrdies and their partners, tasted a menu prepared specially for the occasion which ended with a large cake to commemorate the event. The day was full of emotions and culminated the city’s small festival.
Before dinner, the guests took a guided tour of the interior of the house. The Grup de Misericòrdies chose Casa Navàs to hold this event because they were looking for a special place and thought that, as a cultural emblem of the city, Navàs Blasco’s old textile shop was the ideal space.
For some months now Casa Navàs has been offering the possibility of hiring some of its spaces for events such as wine tastings, dinners, birthdays, weddings, work meetings or cultural activities. Those interested can request all the necessary information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some eighty tourism professionals and several French journalists visited Casa Navàs this Thursday. The experience combined a wine tasting and dinner in the old Navàs Blasco textile shop with a guided tour of the interior of the house.
The visit is part of the Costa Dorada Life programme organised by the Hotel and Tourism Business Federation of the province of Tarragona (FEHT) and the Tourism Board of the Provincial Council of Tarragona Costa Dorada, Salou, Cambrils and Vila-seca within the tourism promotion plan of the Costa Dorada.
It is an innovative 01:00 famtrip with unique experiences, both from the point of view of leisure and culture, as well as recreational, gastronomic and scenic to enjoy in first person the entire tourist offer of the Costa Dorada.
The French is the most important foreign market of the territory, in FACT, almost 12% of overnight stays on the Costa Dorada in 2018 were French. At Casa Navàs, tourism from the neighbouring country represents 39.5% of international visitors and 10% of last year’s total visitors.
After a summer full of activity and visitors, Casa Navàs returns to the winter opening hours. From this 16th of September, from Monday to Friday, the house will offer three visits in the morning (11 am, 12 am and 1 pm) and three visits in the afternoon (4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm). With nine guided tours, Saturday will be the day with the most hours to discover this gem of European modernism. There will be visits at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm. On the last day of the week, on Sunday, the house will be open in the morning (10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm).
Casa Navàs offers visits in Catalan, Spanish, English and French. The House must be always accessed with a guide, the tour lasts one hour and allows visiting the two floors of the building. The general entrance fee is €10, while the reduced price is €8 (over 65s, under 15s, large families / single parents, youth/student card, guides, journalists, teachers, disabled and unemployed).
The Premium Visits include a guided visit and a tasting in the house’s terrace.
Casa Navàs has decided to extend the Premium Visits until the end of September due to the success of the past weeks. Almost every day this visit has been fully booked and thus, it has been decided to extend them until the 27th of September, which coincides with the Misericòrdia Bank Holidays.
The Premium Visits were created to offer the visitors a new way to enjoy of one of the most emblematic pieces of European art noveau. This option includes the guided visit of the house and, once finished, a wine and vermouth tasting in the terrace of this art noveau jewel built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner in 1908. During this tasting you will savour the “Secrets de Mar” wine -white and red-, elaborated by the Clos Galena wine cellar with the Terra Alta Certificate of Origin. The vermouth is from Vermuts Miró; two of these will be offered: Vermut Miró Reserva and Vermut Miró Blanc. The evening is livened up by a musical selection.
These exclusive visits, which last for an hour and a half, take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Until the 13th of September the Premium Visits will begin at 8 p.m., and from the 17th of September until the 27th of September the visits will be moved forward one hour, which means at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the Premium Visits can be bought through the website www.casanavas.cat, at the very same Casa Navàs or the Tourism Office. Tickets cost 17 euros.
The visit includes exclusive wine and vermouth tasting on the house’s terrace.
Casa Navàs would like to offer all visitors a new way to enjoy one of the most emblematic works of European modernism through its Premium Visits. This option will give you the opportunity to take the visit and, once finished, enjoy wine and vermouth tasting on the terrace of this modernists gem built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner in 1908. A selection of music will accompany you throughout the evening.
The Premium Visits will begin on the 20th of August and will run until the 13th of September. They will be held every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8pm and will last for an hour and half. During the tasting session you will be able to taste “Secrets de Mar” wine –red, white and rosé- produced by the Clos Galena winery, which is Terra Alta DO. The Vermouth is thanks to Vermuts Miró and both red and white will be offered.
Tickets for the Premium Visits can be purchased through the website; www.casanavas.cat, at Casa Navàs itself or at the Reus City Hall Tourist Office. The tickets cost 17 Euro.
Casa Navàs in Reus closes the first semester of 2019 with an absolute record number of visitors. A total of 14,103 people visited this jewel of European modernism from January to June. The Catalan public was the majority, followed by the Spanish, the people from Reus and the international. The owner of the house is convinced that these figures will continue to grow, especially after the opening hours have been extended this summer.
The beautiful house of El Mercadal is every day more crowded, only within the first six months of this year as it has exceeded the total number of visitors in 2018 (10,350 people) and 2017 (2,177 people). This represents an increase of 712% compared to the first half last year when the house did not open so many hours.
Taking into account nationalities, with 6,529 people the majority of the public comes from Catalonia (46.5%), followed by the Spanish with 2,918 visitors (21%). The people from Reus represent 19% of visitors to Casa Navàs with 2,672 people and, finally, with 1,838 people, the international public represents 13.5%.
The owners of Casa Navàs values very positively the results obtained in 2019 and is convinced that these figures will continue to improve. All the people who visit the house are very satisfied with what they discover inside, since, prior to the visit, they are not aware of the architectural beauty hidden within the walls of the Casa Navàs. This high degree of customer satisfaction and the good figures reached during the first months of the year, are what make the owners optimistic and predict a promising future for this emblem of European heritage.
By months, the most crowded was April. Coinciding with the Easter campaign, a total of 3,261 people visited the Casa Navàs during those weeks.
The origin of the visitors
The people from Barcelona have been the most interested in visiting Casa Navàs, surpassing even those of Reus. 2,773 people have travelled from the Catalan capital to see what is one of the most emblematic works of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. In fact, the profile of those who visited the house these early months of the year have mainly been people over 65 years from Barcelona. In order, they are followed by visitors from Tarragona, Lleida, Sabadell and Sant Cugat.
Apart from Catalonia and analysing the visits by autonomous communities, with 765 people the citizens of the Valencian Country are those who have visited Casa Navàs the most. The Basque Country, the Community of Madrid, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands complete the Spanish podium.
As far as the international public is concerned, with 34.6%, France continues to be the country of greatest interest for this modernist emblem. It is followed by Germany (11.22%), Russia (10.62%) and the United Kingdom (8.65%).
Changes in visitor profiles
The profile of the visitors of Casa Navàs has changed a lot during the first six months of the year compared to the last six months of last year. If then, with the summer in between, the international audience represented 29%, it has now fallen to 13.5%. On the other hand, both the Catalan and Spanish audiences have grown. The former has gone from 36% to 46.5% and the latter from 19% to 21%.
This change in trend can be explained by the fact that during the summer months there is a lot of tourism on the Costa Dorada, while during the winter months it is the national public that, with weekend breaks, usually visits the cultural heritage of Reus. Now that it is summer again, international tourism is beginning to gain more weight to the detriment of national tourism, while in winter the trend is expected to be reversed again. During these first six months of the year the age ratio of visitors has also increased, 40% of the public were people over 65 years.
Visitors to Reus
The number of people from Reus who have visited Casa Navàs during this first semester of the year has doubled compared to the last semester of 2018. Specifically, it has gone from 1,254 visitors to 2,672 in 2019, with 19% representing an increase of 3% of total visitors to the house.
Many of these people from Reus assure that they had a pending debt with their city for not having visited before this referent of the European modernism. After an hour walking through every corner of the house, they were surprised at what they found inside, as they did not imagine that the building that they see every day when they pass through El Mercadal hides such a Jewel.
Casa Navàs was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 1991. This cataloguing included the whole building, that is to say the house and the shop, and the most important movable goods of the house. At that time, the movable goods of the shop were not included and now, with the desire to protect the modernist heritage even more, the catalogue has been extended and it also includes those inside the shop.
The visit to this cultural facility must always be done with a guided tour that lasts an hour. With the aim of allowing a greater number of citizens to discover the heritage value of Casa Navàs, the property has decided to increase the number of visiting hours during the summer. So from July to mid-September the house increases the number of daily guided visits from 6 to 9.
The house is open from Monday to Sunday, the first visit in the morning is at 10 am the last one at 1 pm. In the afternoon the doors open again to the public at 16 h, to make the last visit of the day at 20 h. Tickets can be bought at Casa Navàs, at the Tourist Office or on the website www.casanavas.cat
The Agència Reus Promoció and the owners of Casa Navàs have organised this Monday 25 February a familiarisation visit for the technical staff of the tourist offices of the Costa Dorada and Tierras del Ebro to promote these two tourist facilities of the city.
A total of approximately thirty people attended between managers and technicians, who were able to visit the Casa Navàs, the most emblematic building of the city, which has recently significantly extended its opening hours. They also visited the Gaudí Centre where they got to know first hand the new Park Güell space project.
The Casa Navàs initiative gives new impetus to Reus’ commitment to Modernism as a great promotional attraction. The Agency gives its full support to this proposal and the synergies that have arisen between the administration and the private sector to work together with the aim of promoting the city of Reus and its main tourist attractions are notable.
This visit is part of the Agency’s promotional actions which have the aim of showing the city’s tourist resources to professionals in the world of tourism so that they can promote them among the visitors who receive their tourist destinations.
The group was attended by the heads of the Agència Reus Promoció and Casa Navàs, and they were informed of the city’s tourist offer. At the end of the day they were given a tasting of Reus Vermouth.
The managers and technical staff of the offices responsible for promoting tourism in Catalonia in the main international markets have made a familiarisation trip to the territory in order to publicise the main novelties on offer and incorporate them into their promotion strategies.
The City Projection Councillor, Montserrat Caelles, and the director of Casa Navàs, Sílvia Sagalà, were in charge of welcoming the group, recalling the main attractions of the city of Reus and Casa Navàs, and stressing the importance of this familiarisation visit so that the promoters of the Catalonia destination can get to know the offer first hand and promote it in their offices in London, Paris, Helsinki, Brussels, Milan, Moscow, Beijing, Singapore, New York, Sao Paulo and Madrid.
Barcelona Guide Bureau
This is not the only familiarisation meeting organised, tomorrow some twenty guides from the company Barcelona Guide Bureau will visit Reus as part of a training day. Throughout the year, before the tourist season begins, they carry out various training and recycling activities. On this occasion, they decided to visit the city of Reus to deepen their knowledge of Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Modernism.
By means of this day of continuous training, and with in situ knowledge of the places, this team of guides aims to give the maximum quality in their services and to expand and recommend new itineraries. Today, Barcelona Guide Bureu is a travel agency specialising in all types of visits to the city of Barcelona and excursions in Catalonia.
The President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, visited Casa Navàs on Friday 25 January. Torra had scheduled an institutional visit in the city of Reus and expressly asked to see this emblem of European modernism. The president was received by those in charge of the house and, behind closed doors, attended the guided tour of one hour that is offered in the facilities.
Quim Torra, a very culturally sensitive person, was enthusiastic about the artistic beauty of Casa Navàs, in fact he assured that he will return. For the president, the most significant is the good state of conservation of the space despite being more than one hundred years old and thanked the family for preserving this legacy.
At the end of the visit, Torra signed the house’s book of honour. Thank you for preserving this dream’, was one of the reflections that has stated. The managers of this cultural reference gave the President of the Generalitat the book ‘Casa Navàs. Lluís Domènech i Montaner’ and the collection of poems ‘Vivint a Casa Navàs. 1982-1998’.
Casa Navàs was present at FITUR. The management of the premises travelled to Madrid to participate in the most important tourism fair in Europe with the aim of publicising this jewel of world modernism. The cultural premises were promoted in the stand of l’Alianza Turística, formed by the municipalities of Cambrils, Reus, Salou and Vila-seca la Pineda-Playa.
This action enabled contacting and establishing alliances with international tour operators, travel agencies and the media. All of them were pleasantly surprised to discover that it is a unique modernist building in Europe and assured they will promote it among their customers because they are convinced that it will be of interest.
Fitur, with almost 10,000 exhibiting companies from 165 countries and regions, and 251,000 professional visitors and final public in the 2018 edition, is the most important European fair and allows to start measuring the forecasts for the new season.
Often finding the perfect gift for a loved one is very complex and giving culture can be one of the best options. That’s why Casa Navàs has designed gift vouchers so you can give tickets for a guided tour of the house as a gift. To get them, all you have to do is go to the Casa Navàs information point (Pl. Mercadal, number 5-7), buy the gift voucher and the person who receives it will be able to change it at any time at the Reus-Gaudí Centre Tourist Office. Reduced tickets have a price of 8 euros and the general price of 10 euros.
Also, if you want to complete the gift, remember that we also have on sale the book ‘La Casa Navàs. Lluís Domènec i Montaner’ and the collection of poems written by Maria Font de Rubinat, the last person who lived in the house, ‘Vivint a Casa Navàs. 1982-1998’.
If you are not sure about what to choose as a gift, don’t think twice: give Casa Navàs as a present!
The most emblematic modernist building in the city of Reus now has a website. Behind the domain www.casanavas.cat, the portal is a very useful tool for all those who wish to know the house. The Casa Navàs website contains all the necessary service information for people who want to visit it (schedules, prices, languages, house rules …), as well as an online sales space to streamline the process of purchasing tickets.
The page also allows you to explore the history of Casa Navàs and its architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner; or see some of the most spectacular images of this architectural gem with photos and the cover video.
All those who are looking for a place to hold a special and intimate celebration (weddings, photo reports, conferences, meetings, dinners, concerts, etc.) in an exclusive space, will also find all the necessary information on the portal. Soon, cultural activities will also be held at Casa Navàs, and as they are programmed, the web calendar will be updated.
The opening of the website is another action of Casa Navàs to approach its visitors. A task that started in December when the Instagram and Facebook profiles were launched (@ casanavas.reus). If you want to be up to date with all the novelties of the house, participate in the raffles that are proposed or if you simply want to enjoy the beauty of this space in images, do not hesitate to follow our profiles!
The property will keep the cultural facilities open throughout the year and will mark a few months to define the museumisation and restoration project.
One of the priorities is the reconstruction of the tower and the top part of the house.
A year has already passed since the businessman from Reus Xavier Martínez y Sierra bought two thirds of Casa Navàs. Together with the other owner and heiress of the Navàs-Blasco family, Dolores Blasco Font de Rubinat, they have worked hard to open the house to the public and design a professional structure for the project.
The citizen response has not been long in coming, so much so that from June to November 2018 Casa Navàs has increased by 476% the number of visitors compared to a year ago when the cultural facilities could only be visited once a week. A total of 7,794 people have joined the guided tours.
As for the origin, with 2,775 visitors (36%), the Catalan public has been the majority. It is followed by the international visitorsc with 2,261 people (29%); especially French (878), Russians (313), Germans (172) and English (120). Apart from Catalonia, 1,504 people (19%) from Spain visited Casa Navàs during these six months, while 1,254 people (16%) from Reus visited the house. The percentage of the international and national public has been the one that has grown the most in comparison to 2017, the first one has grown 780% and the second 656%.
With 1,624 people, August was the month with the most visitors. The quietest month was November, when the house received 1,207 visits. The weekends and holidays are, by far, the days in which the occupation is highest, so it is recommended to all those who want to visit the Casa Navàs during these days to book in advance at the Tourist Office of Reus. At the moment the visits have a maximum capacity of 15 people, they last for 50 minutes and are offered in four languages: Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
In order to be able to offer the 39 weekly guided tours, Casa Navàs has 8 workers who carry out the tasks of management, organisation, guidance, surveillance, information and maintenance.
Collaboration with the Reus City Council
Casa Navàs is the most emblematic modernist building in Reus, which is why from day one a collaboration agreement has been established with the City Promotion Agency ‘Reus Promoción’. The aim is for the City Council to promote Casa Navàs as one of the city’s main tourist assets. In addition, the Tourist Board also assumes the tasks of information and commercialisation of the tickets in the Tourist Office – Gaudí Centre.
The future of Casa Navàs
Casa Navàs opened its doors so as not to close them again. The property is set as a priority objective to keep the facilities open throughout the year so that people from Reus and tourists in general can enjoy it. It therefore undertakes to organize three visits in the morning (11 am, 12 am and 13 pm) and three in the afternoon (4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm) from Monday to Saturday and in the morning on Sundays and holidays. During the months of greater affluence, summer, Christmas and Easter, it will be considered to extend the opening hours.
Apart from the visits, Xavier Martínez and Serra, Dolores Blasco Font de Rubinat and the management team of the house are studying which is the most appropriate museumisation and restoration project for the facilities. The property has established a few months to define it, specify the necessary economic investment and decide the implementation schedule. Among the architectural priorities is the reconstruction of the tower and the top part of the building.
The idea is for Casa Navàs not only to be a facility designed to receive visitors, but quite the opposite. Casa Navàs must become a living space, open to the citizens and that people feel theirs, that’s why we are working to make it a facility that generates culture. In this sense, actions will gradually be incorporated with the idea of offering a cultural activity that differs from that currently provided in the area.