Modernism at it's finest
One of the best examples of Modernism on Europe
Rere la imatge actual d’edifici malmès, s’hi amaga l’interior més complet, fantasiós i esplèndid del modernisme català. Entrar a la casa és com endinsar-se en un gran jardí artificial ple de floritures en el qual destaquen els vitralls de més de dos-cents metres quadrats de superfície entre claraboies, envans, portes i finestres.
Full of history
Due to its singularity, Casa Navàs is one of the best examples of Modernism at a European level. Built between 1901 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and the decorator Gaspar Homar, it is the only modernist work in Europe that has survived to the present day as it was first opened.
The building was commissioned by Joaquim Navàs, a rich textile merchant, at a time when Reus was in full effervescence. Navàs and his wife, Pepa Blasco, entrusted Domènech i Montaner with the construction of a house-shop in one of the corners of the Plaza del Mercadal in Reus. The request had an unlimited budget, which is why it became one of the most luxurious works by the architect from Barcelona.
As the second Catalan capital, Reus was one of the most bombed cities in Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War and Casa Navàs also suffered the consequences. Due to one of the bombs, the tower was destroyed in 1938, as well as a large part of the roof and some of the rooms on the second floor. After the war, most of the rooms were restored by the owners themselves; the façade, however, still has some important mutilations in the upper part such as the great coronation and the tower that gave the building an elegant and slender appearance.
Behind the image of today’s damaged building hides the most complete, fantastic and splendid interior of Catalan modernism. Entering the house is like entering a large artificial stone garden full of flourishes in which the stained glass windows of more than two hundred square metres of surface between skylights, partitions, doors and windows stand out. Ceramics, paintings, silk fabrics, lamps, etc. are also preserved. To do all these works, Domènech i Montaner surrounded himself with the best craftsmen of the time such as Gaspar Homar, Lluís Bru, Antoni Rigalt, Jeroni Granell, Eusevi Arnau, Pujol y Bausis and Hipòlit Montseny.
The house, built at the beginning of 1900, maintains all the rooms and the original furniture, which makes it an obligatory visit for all lovers of modernism, architecture, the history of that period and good taste in general. Surely the visit will not leave you indifferent, we wait for you!
From 1901 till today
Casa Navàs staff
Casa Navàs has a dozen of workers who daily make their best to offer the visitor an unforgettable experience. With degrees in History of Art, Journalism, Tourism, Philology, Engineering, or Fine Arts, most of the staff are, mainly, in charge of serving the visitors and guiding them inside the house. Besides the guiding team, there’s also the managing team, and the team in charge of maintenance and restoration in the house, as well as of the artistic activities. There are also outside professionals in charge of the digital and the graphic design sections. In short, Casa Navàs has a quite transversal staff, designed to provide the best service to every lover of this unique work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.