Casa Navàs

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Updated: 09/17/2021

Plaça del Mercadal, 7
43201 Reus



Silvia Sagalà Roca       


Casa Navàs, due to its singularity, is one of the best examples of art nouveau in Europe. Built between 1901 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and decorator Gaspar Homar, it is the only art nouveau work in Europe as it is conserved as it was originally.


The building was commissioned by Joaquim Navàs, a rich textile merchant, at a time when Reus was in full swing. Mr. Navàs and his wife, Pepa Balsco, asked Domènech i Montaner to build a house-store in one of the corners of Plaça del Mercadal from Reus. The order had an almost unlimited budget; hence it became one of the most luxurious works of the architect of Barcelona.


In Casa Navàs 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 area stand out between skylights, partitions, doors and windows. Also, 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 Gaspar Homar, Lluís Bru, Antoni Rigalt, Jeroni Granell, Eusevi Arnau, Pujol and Bausis or Hipòlit Montseny.


The house, built in the early 1900s, 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.