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El Águila Department Store


Modernism was an international movement of artistic and cultural renovation that marked the period of transition between the 19th and 20th centuries.

The El Águila Department Store was designed by Gaspar Bennàzar and Jaume Alenyà in 1908. Its commercial function meant that they had to find appropriate solutions to make the most of the interior space and light. The use of wrought iron for this purpose in the ground floor structure that is shared with the Can Forteza-Rey is noteworthy, as it allows more use of the space, and in the decorative elements.The result is a façade with large openings that catch the viewer's attention, allowing natural light to enter.

The building contains Modernist elements of the Viennese tendency in the form of the façade and the geometry of its composition. The building's central motif with a semi-circular arch; its ornamental treatment and the coronation of the ensemble recall the Karlplatz metro station in Vienna, designed by the architect Otto Wagner who was a precursor of the Viennese secessionist movement.