Joaquim Navàs, a rich textile merchant, commissioned the building at a time when Reus was in full swing. Mr. Navàs and his wife, Pepa Blasco, asked Domènech i Montaner to build a house-store in one of the corners of Plaça del Mercadal in Reus. The request had an almost unlimited budget; hence it became one of the most luxurious works of the architect from Barcelona.
As the second capital of Catalonia, Reus was one of the most bombed cities during the Spanish Civil War, and Casa Navàs also suffered the effects. Due to one of the bombs, in 1938, it lost the tower, and much of the roof, and even some of the second-floor rooms were destroyed. After the war, most of the rooms were restored by the same owners; the façade, however, still shows some mutilations on the upper part, such as the corner tower that gave the building an elegant and slim look.
Behind the current image of a damaged building, it hides the most complete, fanciful, and splendid interior of Catalan Art Nouveau. Entering the house is like entering into a large artificial garden full of flourishes, in which the stained-glass windows of more than two hundred square meters of surface stand out between skylights, partitions, doors, and windows. Furthermore, almost all the decorative elements, such as furniture, embroidered upholstery, ceramics, paintings, silk fabrics, lamps, and blinds are kept intact. To do all this work, Domènech i Montaner was surrounded by the best artisans of the time, such as Gaspar Homar, Lluís Bru, Antoni Rigalt, Jeroni Granell, Eusebi Arnau, Pujol and Bausis, or Hipòlit Montseny.
Built in the early 1900s, it keeps all the rooms and original furniture, making it a must-see for all lovers of Art Nouveau, architecture, the history of that time and good taste in general. Surely, the visit will not leave you indifferent, we look forward to your visit!
Anem de visitaCasa Navàs, due to its singularity, one of the best examples of Art Nouveau in Europe, as it is the only Art Nouveau building that remains nowadays just as it was conceived.
Entering Casa Navàs is like getting into a big artificial garden full of flourishes, where the more than two hundred square metres of stained-glass windows, the craft in stone, the furniture, the embroidered tapestry, the ceramics, the paintings, the silk fabrics, the lamps, or the interior blinds stand out. During Casa Navàs’ Guided Visits, an expert guide will lead you through the interior of the house to discover all the details and curiosities of this gem built by Lluís Domènech I Montaner in 1908.
Lluís Domènech i MontanerLluís Domènech i Montaner (Barcelona, 1849-1923) was one of the most important architects of Catalan Modernism. With a degree in architecture in 1873, he is the author of such imposing buildings as the Palau de la Música and the Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona. As a young man he travelled around Europe, from where he imported technical knowledge and new materials that gave him a new vision of architecture.
This new technique coincided with the emergence of the new Catalan bourgeoisie, which immediately admired the work of the architect. It is not surprising, then, that he is one of the most prolific architects of the time and that some of his works have been recognised as World Heritage by UNESCO. As a teacher, he trained such outstanding disciples of Catalan modernism as Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Josep Maria Jujol.
Montaner also excelled as a typeface designer, illustrator and bookbinder. Particularly important was his political side, committed to political Catalanism, he was the driving force behind the Regionalist League and a member of the Spanish courts. He combined his profession with studies in heraldry and Romanesque art.