Casimir Casaramona i Puigcercós (Vic 1838 – Barcelona 1913) commissioned the famous architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch (Mataró 1867 – Barcelona 1956) to design a factory for his textile-production enterprise. In addition to being a widely acknowledged architect whose works included the Amatller, Macaya, Quadras and Terradas houses, Puig i Cadafalch also played a leading role in the art-nouveau movement alongside Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner.
“la Caixa” acquired the building in 1963, and in 1992 it was decided to return this building of great artistic value to Barcelona and to the country as a whole, while lending it a new function with social, cultural and educational aims, it thus becoming CaixaForum.
The architects Arata Isozaki, Francisco Javier Asarta, Roberto Luna and Robert Brufau all played their part in the refurbishment and extension work.
Now permanent exhibition
The CaixaForum Social and Cultural Centre is housed in one of Barcelona’s chief Art Nouveau buildings: a striking textile factory that stands as a unique example of Catalan Art Nouveau industrial architecture of the early twentieth century.
After standing idle for many years, the building was refurbished by internationally renowned architects in order to fit it out as a modern cultural facility without detracting from the original spirit of the work.Now a permanent exhibition takes visitors further into the history of this building, from its original design down to its refurbishment, bringing further insights into the Art Nouveau movement and into the work of one of its doyens: the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.