Jujol Centre – Can Negre

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Can Negre is a 17th-century farmhouse located in Sant Joan Despí,<ref name="pobles">Pobles de Catalunya, Can Negre (Sant Joan Despí - Baix Llobregat)</ref> which was transformed by Art Nouveau architect Josep Maria Jujol i Gibert between 1915 and 1930.

History

At the beginning of the 20th century, it was owned by lawyer and rural landowner Pere Negre i Jover (1867-1939), who commissioned Josep Maria Jujol with renovation work.<ref name="gaudiall">gaudiallgaudi.com, Jujol: CAN NEGRE</ref> The first Can Negre renovation project had to integrate a building originally for rural purposes into the new urban scene and convert a country house into an aristocratic home. The work was carried out in stages, adapted to the owner's budget. The first phase involved renovation (1915-1917), followed by an extension (1917-1921) and then a decorative phase (1920-1926). In 1966 the house became the property of Sant Joan Despí Town Council, a donation from the heirs of the Negre family. In 1982, architects Antoni Navarro, Gabriel Robert and Xavier Güell drew up the first refurbishment projects. The house was completely refurbished between 1984 and 1990, with a project directed by architect Francesc Xavier Asarta. It currently belongs to the town council, which holds many cultural activities there, and houses the Jujol Centre – Can Negre, part of the Barcelona Provincial Council Local Museum Network.

The building

The main façade is one of the most important elements and is crowned by undulating lines in a style typical of Baroque façades. The original façade openings were maintained, but were given a new style, designing the main bay window in the surprising shape of a carriage. A border edges the curving profile of the upper level, with 5 medallions that form the inscription: Ave gratia plena dominus tecum. The décor is a combination of sgraffiti, trencadís (mosaics made with pieces of broken tile), wood, iron and gypsum.<ref name="pobles"/> Inside the building, it is the spiral staircase leading up the first floor that stands out, topped with an octagonal dome, and a small Baroque-style chapel with an elliptical floor plan.

See also

  • Josep Maria Jujol

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