Fantasy house

Casa Terrades, Barcelona

The Casa Terrades: one of Barcelona's many fantasy buildings | Photo: Tom Walton

My first picture this morning, on the way to work: the Casa Terrades (Diagonal 416-420 [map]), aka the Casa de les Punxes (the House of Spikes) as it has a series of pointed towers, not to mention a number of other iron spikes in its decoration.

As you can see, something has gone seriously wrong with the colour — I forgot to readjust the white balance from "incandescent" to "direct sunlight" (I'd been photographing my son's Lord of the Rings miniatures last night).

I was about to trash the picture but then thought, "No, it's a fantasy house" — an idea I may have picked up from a fairly recent post on Carlos's excellent Barcelona photoblog.

>> The Casa Terrades was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and built in 1903-1905.

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