Barcelona Diaries: 48h Open House BCN / Casa Sayrach

Posted By Gudy Herder / October 29, 2012 / 4 Comments

What a wonderful weekend I had! Barcelona opened its doors to 150 spaces (private houses, manufacturers, hospitals, monuments, etc.) with no public access to during the year. Very difficult to choose between such a wide range of treasures but my passion belongs to the Modernismo style, and so I went to la Casa Sayrach and la Casa Montserrat (will post soon), just in my neighborhood to discover treasures I had no idea they would exist so close.

You see, there are many private houses still where you’d never imagine inside such a rich architecture, columns, sculptures and staircases. You just do not get in as they are private, and the concierge is having a very close eye on who is visiting. Which is ok in my opinion.


Let me start with la Casa Sayrach which opened the very first time to the public. Located at of one of Barcelona’s broadest and most important avenues, Avenida Diagonal. The good thing about the festival: everything was free of charge, the contra part was lining up for quite some time.

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The visit was guided in both houses at the entrance hall which was stunning. Casa Sayrach was built between 1915-18 . 


The architect Manuel Sayrach i Carreras relied on the 4 elements such as water, earth, fire and a constant reference to sea life.


I never get tired of the Modernism style, even I sense a vague feeling of gloom. I just hope they will protect and preserve these architectural miracles. But very grateful for the visit!


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  • Corinne Korda
    November 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Hi Gudy,

    these pictures are so beautiful – a little glimpse of magic in all those ornaments!



    • Gudy
      November 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Corinne, thanks! It has been an amazing weekend honestly!

  • Lena
    November 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Hi Gudy,
    thank for stopping by at minamoka – I just wanted to leave you a quick comment back and ended up browsing through your blog for quite a while. So many things to discover! I´ll be back!

    • Gudy
      November 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Lena, looking forward to see you again and following you too! Lovely blog you are having!

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