Designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the unique beauty of Casa Navàs makes it one of the best examples of Catalan modernism in Europe. Built between 1901 and 1907 and located in the very centre of the city, Domènech i Montaner planned this building for Joaquim Navàs to serve both as a new residence and a commercial establishment. Its imposing stone façade gives onto the Plaça del Mercadal, with a tower situated on the corner. Unfortunately, a bombing raid during the Spanish Civil War in 1938 destroyed this sleek tower and its original crenulated crown.
One of the most remarkable characteristics of the Casa Navàs is its magnificent interior decoration, which remains practically intact thanks to the care taken by its owners. The ceramics, the mosaics, the etched reliefs, the stonework and the stained-glass windows of the Casa Navàs are magnificent examples of the decorative arts favoured in Catalan modernism. The furniture, which was largely designed and created by the renowned cabinetmaker Gaspar Homar, is another point of interest in this lovely house.
The Casa Navàs shop is located on the ground floor of the building and still retains the original structure and furniture. It is open to the public and is definitely worth paying a visit.