Hidroelèctrica de Catalunya

Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010 by Natxo

Hidroelèctrica, built by Pere Falqués i Urpí between 1896 and 1899
Our second stop in the modernista route is this work formerly known as Central Catalana d'Electricitat, initially built for industrial purposes, set in Avinguda de Vilanova, 12. [map]

On the facades, stone and brick combined with iron elements make some constructive elements stand out acquiring the character of the Falqués architecture.

In the corner, the main gate, made of stone and pottery glazes, stands out; it was intentionally set there to highlight its singularity, and welcomes the visitors giving acces to its unique circular lobby.
Note the brick ornamentation of the façade, the big windows and the small iron beams in the wall that help support the weight of the whole structure all along Avinguda Vilanova. It should be mentioned that the facade was originally crowned even more colorfully than the current one, gone over time, as well as its original chimney, demolished in 1961.

If you're lucky enough you'll be able to get inside this building as sometimes visits are allowed during office hours.

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