In Sant Joan Despí we can find the most important part of the architectural legacy of Josep Maria Jujol Gibert. He can be considered a “total artist”. He imposed a new architectural style, using techniques like “trencadis”, sgrato, sculpture, painting… The forms that he used to use are the representation of his rich inner world.
Jujol route is a proposal in order to get to know the religious meaning of his masterpieces, recycling art, colour, volatility of forge, applied arts and the boundless imagination of this architect. The architectural work of Jujol is characterized by its simplicity and originality. His arts are born from the nature, as he cannot be defined as either modernist or expressionist.
A holiday house built next to the rail station can be considered the beginning of a relationship of Jujol with the city of Sant Joan Despí. As a result of the construction of Torre de la Creu, he had a very good relationship with the village society, and he became the municipal architect during the last twenty years of his life. Throught experimantation in rural architecture, we can see the most important works of the architect: Torre de la Creu, Can Negre and the Serra-Xaus house.
CAN NEGRE (1915-1930)
This building is one of the most important remodelations of Jujol in Sant Joan Despí. The façade has a religious sgrato inscription and also a balcony that is locked like a carriage, creating a metaphor or ode to the Virgin Mary. The owner, Pere Negre, ordered Jujol an adaptation of his seventeenth century farmhouse to a holiday house. The interior of the building has a remakably chapel and staircase.
TORRE DE LA CREU (1913)
The house formed by five cylinders is the first Jujol’s building in Sant Joan Despí. The developter was Josefa Romeu, Jujol’s aunt. In the agricultural society of the time, this edifice created a visual impact. Jujol proposes a building without any stylistic limitations.
TORRE JUJOL (1932)
During Jujol relation with the town, the architect built his home in order to control the constructions in progress. The building is formed by two L-shaped houses and it is decorated by deep blue sgrato, Jujol's favourite colour. The inscription above the door ”Déu hi sia” (God is here) is a reminder that he was a deeply religious man.
CASA SERRA-XAUS (1921)
This building is the most modern shaped house in the legacy of Sant Joan Despí. The straight line is the one that prevails in all of the areas of the building. The decoration is based on deep blue and red sgratos, with a pair of ducks in a symmetrical composition above the windows.
CASA ROVIRA (1926)
Jujol made a façade dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua. This façade is decorated by sgrafittos dadicated to the field and fruit. The main features are the date (anno domini 1926) and the signature of Jujol accompanied by the annagram ARQ (architect).
CHURCH OF SANT JOAN BAPTISTA (1943)
Jujol religious work is based on symbolism, colorful decoration and natural forms. Inside the church of Saint John Baptist we can find examples of incriptions, such as the biblical phrases on pulpits, glass windows with eucaristic representations, and a tabernacle with fransiscano symbolism among her examples of painting and forging.
DOOR OF THE WORKSHOP OF THE BLACKSMITH JOSEP OLIVER (1889-1966)
Door of the workshop of blacksmith Josep Oliver, who worked with Jujol. We can find the influence that Jujol made on the artisans who worked with him. The door is decorated with a peacock and a snake, which works as a door handle.
Guided tour on the last Sunday of each month with prior telephone consultation on phone 93 373 73 63 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Itinerary: Starting point Can Negre at 11 a.m.