La Casa Asia, a social headquarters for the promotion of Asian and Pacific culture, moved into the modernist Baró de Quadras Palace in 2003. The architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch was commissioned by the Baron of Quadras for the refurbishment of a previous building, which he undertook between 1902 and 1904. The refurbishment was so profound that only a few elements of the original building were preserved. This building organised as a gothic Barcelona palace is worth a visit. It has a central patio and the residence surrounds the patio. But the truly important aspect of this building is not the organizational frame of the residence, but rather the painstaking decoration, not only of the interiors, but also of its two façades, one on Diagonal Avenue, and other on Rosselló Street. The main façade at Avinguda Diagonal is 12 metres wide, and the ornamentation of the first-floor gallery is reminiscent of the plateresque style. The main door, as well as the one on Rosselló Street, is made of forged steel and glass.
La Casa Asia or Palau de Quadras
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 373.
Metro: L3 and L5 Diagonal.