Vista de la plaça de la Colònia Güell

Colonia Güell

The path through the industrial Colonia captivates tourists because of its charm and the tranquility this vestige of the Modernist era inspires through the palpable 19th century atmosphere kept alive between its streets and buildings. Currently, an important piece of historic and artistic heritage remains in the Colonia Güell.

Visitors can walk around all the while observing beautiful, singular buildings created by modernist architects where on can see the most typical characteristics of said movement. On the one hand, the use of brick walls as a vindication of a Catalan folk architecture, and the incorporation of new techniques and new materials such as iron or ceramic trencadis.

The following can be considered as the most unique building in the Colonia Güell:

Ca l’Ordal

Ca L'OrdalBy Francesc Berenguer and Joan Rubió, it is the only Building of the Colonia inspired in the traditional Catalan country houses. It was inhabited by farmers who worked the land

Ca L’Espinal

Ca L'EspinalBy Joan Rubió i Bellver, takes its name after Mr. Espinal, manager of the factory. It is the building of the highest quality on the Colonia.

Can Soler de la Torre

An old catalan country House dating back to the XVII century, it was one of the homes of the Güell familiy before the construction of the colony. It has the typical elements of a catalan country house such as the sundial, el portal adovellat o la galeria, encara que la coberta és a quatre aigües. Adjacent there is a chapel in honour of “Mare de Déu dels Dolors” el portal adovellat o la galeria, encara que la coberta és a quatre aigües.

La Casa del Secretario

This was the Administrator ‘s home. This building characteristics make it different to the rest of the buildings. It was built using a type of cooked brick designed to imitate ashlar stone. The entrance of the house has with chamfered corner over which stands a gallery decorated two by Catalonia’s crest side by side of the Saint George’s Coat of Arms. These elements can be seen in the cornices as well.

The School and the Teacher’s House

On the left stands the school, with a Stone façade and large Windows. On the right can be seen the turret..

Ateneu Unió

Located on the main square, it was home to the bar, library. The billiard was where the choir practiced.

Fontova Theater

Where all leisure and cultural events took place.

Doctor’s House

This building has two floors and façades covered by bricks as decorative element. The doctor’s surgery and a permanent pharmacy

Cooperative headquarters

By Francesc Berenguer and Joan Rubió, con utilización del ladrillo como elemento decorativo de las barbacanes de los balcones, era donde los habitantes de la colonia compraban los alimentos que pagaban al final de la semana cuando cobraban de la fàbrica.

Sant Luis Parish Center

Its main function fuer school girls. It was also the social center of the religious entity called Worker Board of the Sagrada Familia, featuring activities for kids: games, gymnastics, dances, catequesi, etc.

Nun's Convent

Private them Carmelite nuns where these nuns had cured the sick and watched the workers newborns.


Building-story houses with pointed arch openings topped by brick, where technicians were staying and visiting the factory representatives.


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