Barcelona Cultura

Museum-Apartment at the Casa Bloc, Dwelling 1/11

Permanent

The first stone of Casa Bloc was laid in 1933. The apartment building was initiated by the Generalitat de Catalunya with the objective to create quality, modern housing that met the basic standards of living for workers in need.

Constructed during the Second Republic in Barcelona by architects Josep Lluís Sert, Josep Torres Clavé and Joan Baptista Subirana, the Casa Bloc was built using the ideologies of the GATCPAC (Grup d’Artistes i Tècnics Catalans pel Progrés de l’Arquitectura Contemporània, Group of Artists and Technicians for the progress of Catalan Contemporary Architecture).

One of these apartments has now been restored to its original state. The guided tour of Apartment 1/11 gives visitors a real perspective the innovation the Casa Bloc project represents in regards to the architecture and the society of its time.

Casa Bloc, Apartment 1/11 is a member of the Iconic Houses, the international network connecting architecturally significant houses from the 20th century that are open to the public.

Time:
Saturdays at 11 am
Booking is required
Dates and times off group visits by arrangement only

Duration guided visit: 1 h 30 min
Wheelchair access only available on the first floor of the duplex.

Contents

Material didàctic de suport a la visita guiada de la Casa Bloc

 

Exhibition fields

  • Casa Bloc Apartment 1/11

    Casa Bloc, built during the Second Spanish Republic under the auspices of the Government of Catalonia by architects Josep Lluís Sert (1902–1983), Josep Torres

  • The apartment museum: recovered spaces

    Located at number 11 on the 1st floor of block 2, Apartment 1/11 is formally the same as the rest of the apartments in Casa Bloc. However, it only has two

  • Entrance and hall

    Entrance

  • Laundry area and shower

    The laundry area and the shower share a small but well ventilated space, with a window looking out onto the outside that lets in the light. Located in this wet

  • Toilet

    It has all the essentials for daily hygiene: a porcelain sink, a marble splashback, and a bevelled shaving and make-up mirror. Next to this is the vitrified

  • Kitchen

    This has been completely rebuilt in keeping with the original design. The worktop, stove, sink and larder were all items salvaged from an abandoned apartment.

  • Dining room

    Located right in middle of the apartment, leading off the hall and with views of Passeig Torras i Bages, this is the space that connects to the bedrooms on the

  • Terrace

    The terrace faces east to take advantage of the sunshine, and is enclosed by a railing with wire mesh. Three roller shutters ensure privacy and regulate the

  • Staircase and landing

    A semi-circular staircase with an iron banister leads to a small, square upstairs landing. The staircase is interesting because of its simple, austere lines.

  • Double bedroom

    Located on the eastern side, this is the sunniest room. It is larger than the single bedroom and overlooks Passeig Torras i Bages. It has a double window with a

  • Single bedroom

     

  • Three historical pieces of furniture

    In addition to the furniture made specifically for Apartment 1/11, three historical pieces from the museum’s Design Collection have also been placed there.

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