Eusebi Güell commissioned Gaudí to build this city mansion in 1885, and as a residence it is full of every conceivable kind of luxury. Rather unusually, it is located in one of the most popular districts of Barcelona, at a time when the majority of the bourgeois families of the period were choosing the district of Eixample for establishing their homes.
It is a surprising building in that it contrasts strongly with his earlier works. Outwardly it is a sober structure, almost entirely lacking in external decoration. This is clearly a deliberate choice, and once inside it is much more opulent.
The rooms are distributed around a central vestibule, which is rather like an internal courtyard and acts as a source of light.
The facade is imposing, and almost without ornamentation, except for some lily flowers which top the gallery, and the striking coloured chimneys. Straight lines predominate, and only the catenary arches of the doors and the main gallery break the prevailing austerity.