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The ideal curve of the Masia Freixa, the best example of modernism in Terrassa

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The building began as a spinning factory belonging to the family that gives it its name. Until in 1907 Josep Freixa i Argemí decided to transform it into his habitual residence.

For this purpose, the former municipal architect of Terrassa, Lluís Muncunill i Parellada, was counted on. He created a modernist jewel inspired by the works of the genius Antoni Gaudí, who at that time was immersed in the reform of the Casa Milá on Passeig de Gràcia and who was already a world-renowned architect.

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The building began as a spinning factory belonging to the family that gives it its name. Until in 1907 Josep Freixa i Argemí decided to transform it into his habitual residence.

For this purpose, the former municipal architect of Terrassa, Lluís Muncunill i Parellada, was counted on. He created a modernist jewel inspired by the works of the genius Antoni Gaudí, who at that time was immersed in the reform of the Casa Milá on Passeig de Gràcia and who was already a world-renowned architect.

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Specifically, Muncunill looked at the College of the Teresians, from the neo-Gothic period of the architect from Reus. And that is characterized by the catenary arches of its corridors, which give the interior a great luminosity.

These arches are those that represent the greatest sign of identity of the architecture of Masia Freixa, the building that best defined the language of Muncunill’s architecture.

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The arches call the attention at first sight to any visitor to the Parc Sant Jordi. The English-inspired egarense garden is the incomparable setting for the current headquarters of the Terrassa Tourist Office.

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Technically, catenaries avoid the appearance of stresses other than those of compression in the structure. They are an ideal solution in architecture, besides transmitting entity and elegance to the porches of the South and West entrances of the Farmhouse. They also define the shape of the windows of the main body of the building. In contrast, the windows on the ground floor have a lowered arch to allow more light to enter.

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The imposing curves of the Masia Freixa in white, with its sinuous roof covered in grey mortar, can be considered an interesting starting point for one of the great works of 20th century architecture, such as the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut en Ronchamp by Le Corbusier. Muncunill took out of the hat an intelligent and surprising solution to “make shine” the roof day and night, incrusting small crystals into the mortar. He thus combines the tradition of the Catalan vault with the most innovative materials of the time.

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Another of the most notable features of Masía Freixa is its tower. It stands out from the northeast corner of the building with its octagonal shape, and it is crowned by a balcony with a viewpoint that allows you to observe the whole valley region from a privileged position.

Text by Elena Minguela.

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