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Those looking to buy an apartment in Barcelona have a rich variety of options to consider. The city boasts an abundance of attractions appealing to locals and visitors, including an impressive series of architectural buildings rich in styles like Eclecticism, Gothic, and Catalan Modernism.
Names like Antoni Gaudí and Josep Puig i Cadafalch might sound familiar when it comes to Barcelonian architecture, but there is also another important architect who contributed a wealth of designs to the Catalan capital: Enric Sagnier.
The architectural style of Enric Sagnier
Sagnier had a talent for working with various architectural styles, the most notable being Neo-Gothic, Neo-Baroque, and Noucentisme (Modernist in Catalan). Looking at his designs, it is clear that his works were occasionally influenced by Rococo as well, as one can see with the Arnús House project.
What aided in Sagnier’s popularity and portfolio was that he was able to adapt his designs to the taste of Catalonia’s bourgeoisie, which resulted in him becoming one of its leading architects. It also helped that Sagnier was always eager to adopt new technologies, and adapt to changing tastes as opposed to rigidly sticking to a personal design style.
Sagnier’s career and designs can be grouped into three periods:
- Pre-1900: more eclectic, monumental, and extravagant;
- 1990 – 1910: a softer approach to designs after adopting a Modernist style;
- Post-1910: rejecting the time’s trends and steering towards Neoclassicism.
Famous designs by Enric Sagnier
During his career, Sagnier built up an impressive portfolio detailing domestic buildings, institutional structures, as well as various religious buildings. Many of his works were also private requests for homes for some of Barcelona’s most established and wealthiest families during the late 19th century.
This is great news for anybody wishing to buy an apartment in Barcelona, specifically one located in an Enric Sagnier building, as his legacy (and his work) is still spread across the city today. Some of these examples include:
- Jesús i Maria School (Neo-Gothic)
- Monastery of Pompeia (Inspired by Catalan Gothic architecture)
- Temple of Tibidabo (Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor)
- Banca Arnús (A building designed in the Classical style that now houses the Banco Central Hispanoamericano)
- Patronat Ribas (Orphanage built with a bequest by Lluís Ribas i Regordosa, now a secondary school)
- Jesuits Chapel
- Salesian School
- Antoni Roger Vidal House (Eclectic style)
- Rupert Garriga House (The design includes stained-glass windows by Antoni Rigalt and carvings by Eusebi Arnau)
- Salvador Andreu House
- ‘El Pinar’, the name of the residence of doctor Manuel Arnús (Gothic style)
- An apartment building on Ausiàs March, located in the Golden Square in the heart of the Eixample district (which was occupied by the prosperous bourgeois of Barcelona during the late 19th / early 20th century).
Notable examples of Sagnier’s work outside Barcelona include:
- Church and school of Santa Gertrudis (in Perth, Australia)
- Parish church of Sant Feliu which was designed to replace the one destroyed in 1909 during the Semana Trágica (in Sabadell, Spain)
- Fàbrica Torra (sausage factory) and Farinera Costa (flour mill), both in Vic, Spain.
Ausias Marc 19: The new Sivoris listing
Barcelonians or foreigners looking to buy an apartment in Barcelona in a charming location have a new option to consider: an apartment of 218 m² total in size located in the same Enric Sagnier building, that has just undergone a comprehensive renovation. This includes restoring its original mosaic flooring and transforming it into a modern abode with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, open kitchen, spacious living & dining, and high-end finishes. See the project page here.
Ausias Marc 19, built in 1902, is located right in the heart of the city’s Golden Square. The area is famed for its impressive architecture, but also the fact that it’s home to some of Barcelona’s most chic boutiques, largest banks, and an assortment of restaurants and shops. This definitely will sound attractive for those interested in buying an apartment in Barcelona.
The life of Enric Sagnier
Enric Sagnier was born on the 21st of March 1858, into a wealthy family living in Barcelona. In 1875 he started his architectural studies at the Barcelona School of Architecture where he received his degree seven years later.
His career started as an assistant to Spanish architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano. Under his guidance, Sagnier began working on his first project: refurbishing the chapel of Sant Josep in the church of Santa Maria de Montserrat abbey. Two years later, in 1886, he designed the church of Santa Engràcia de Montcada in Neo-Gothic style, although it was unfortunately destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. That same year he designed his first apartment building: the Casa Cuyàs.
While in his twenties, Sagnier married Dolors Vidal-Ribas i Torrents and fathered six children. His one son, Josep Maria Sagnier i Vidal, also became an architect and worked with his father on various projects later in life.
Sagnier passed away in Barcelona in 1931 after a long and varied career as an architect. Although he is not as well known as his contemporaries Antoni Gaudí or Lluís Domènech i Montaner, he is regarded as one of the greatest architects of all time and is credited with designing a rich collection of landmark buildings, both in and outside Barcelona.