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Jujol - Casa Bofarull, near Tarragona

Jujol and Casa Bofarull

Meeting Jujol is like taking a leap in to a playful universe, where ergonomics, nature and architecture collide in to a space full of movement and changing lights. It’s like a visual symphony and Casa Bofarull is no exception.

Once upon a time (in 1913 to be exact) two sisters, Pepita i Dolors Bofarull, felt that the large 14th century  mansion they had inherited Was badly in need of an upgrade. Jujol, which they had met at their summer retreat at La Secuita , agreed to take on the work and shortly after undertook the first of several trips to study the old property and draw up some proposals.

Squint and you can still see him in the vineyard below where wines rise in abstract shapes, studying the old house and finding inspiration in its surroundings. Although much of the original setting has gone, sold off to unkind property developers, the vineyard with it twisted shapes rising from the ground in to a blue sky still conveys the profound inspiration which defines Jujols work. His architecture, a metaphor made of ever-changing shapes in the moving light, creates an inventive and irrestistible dialogue.

Jujol was an exceptional artist, a visionary, ahead of his times. He combined his abilities as an architect, designer, painter and sculptor to create a clever, functional environment, full of details made with humble materials, often recycled and transformed in to object of pure joy. Like Gaudí, his mentor, Jujol was a deeply religious man; yet instead of this hindering his vision it propelled him forward, and made him investigate the intricate works and shapes of nature which became the fundamental base of his vision.

It took almost twenty years for the remodelling works at Casa Bofarull to be completed. Jujol put in doors, stained glass windows, modified interior spaces, designed furniture and added playful details everywhere. Embedded in the towere is a sundial made of a porron (the traditional Catalan glass wine pitcher) and a ceramic bowl from which one of the local workers were eating from while completing the roof.  The angel placed at the highest point of the building had its winged clipped off during the civil war in order to dissimulate its religion connotation and save it from certain destruction by the republican anti-clerical sentiment; the wings were reinstated once the war was over.

Casa Bofarull is a mere 15 minutes drive from Tarragona and you can find all essential information  and how to visit at the following link : http://www.casabofarull.com/eng/

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