The Block of Discord in Barcelona

Posted on 30 January 2014 in Art & Architecture, Barcelona, always!, Culture, History

The ‘Block of Discord‘ (“Illa de la Discòrdia“) is the name the Catalonian people gave to the Passeig de Gràcia between Aragó and Consell de Cent streets, in the neighborhood of L’Eixample, because this area is graced with works by Modernisme’s three greatest architects: Lluís Domènech i Montaner (Casa Lleó i Morera), Josep Puig i Cadafalch (Casa Amatller) and Antoni Gaudí (Casa Batlló).

The Block of Discord | Barcelona

The Block of Discord | Barcelona

The name is based on the legend of the Apple of Discord that caused the Trojan War, according to Greek myth, in reference to the supposed competitiveness that existed between the grandest architects of the era. They each created ever-more impressive works to demonstrate the depths of their talents and to astonish their compatriots.

The transformation of Casa Lleó i Morera
Casa Lleó i Morera went through a lot of changes and transformations throughout the course of Domènech i Montaner’s project. The architect even had to get special permission to construct the turret, which then surpassed height limits. The Barcelona city council reviewed the case and ultimately approved the turret, considering it of sufficient artistic merit to warrant bending the rules a little.

Casa Rocamora | Barcelona

Casa Rocamora | Barcelona

Domènech i Montaner also thought up a new design for the building’s façade, in order to draw attention away from the structure’s imbalanced distribution. He installed new picture windows and decided to highlight the corner of the block with one of the building’s most stunning architectonic details.

Casa Lleó i Morera | Barcelona

Casa Lleó i Morera | Barcelona

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