Village

The local architecture, the eternal muse of La Roca Village

Behind the façades of the Village are stories inspired by real scenes of Catalonia. Discover how a team of architects dreamt up La Roca Village, a unique creation of architectural curiosities.

29 October 2020

Since its opening on 8 July 1998, the sunny streets of La Roca Village have sought inspiration from the traditional architecture of the area, as the Village has undergone various expansions. The Village evokes the design and ambience of a Catalan town from the period of the end of nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. This is the time in which this region witnessed an industrial revolution, two World Expos, the awakening of an arts movement and the creation of its own architectural style, Modernista.

There is no building in the Village that is not inspired by a real building of the surrounding region. In the Burberry square, for example, you can discover an evocation of the Town Hall and old public schools of L’Ametlla del Vallès created between 1910 and 1913 by architect Manuel J. Raspall. Also inspired by Raspall’s work, in this case the Casa Residencial Provincial La Salle de Tarragona, is ornamentation that decorates other buildings in the Village.

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There are, too, constructions that evoke noble palaces. Ornamentation on the façades of the Samsonite and Karl Lagerfeld boutiques, for example, reproduces decorative touches to palaces on the square of the Real Monasterio de Santes Creus.

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Located close to the monastery is the town of Prades, whose Renaissance fountain provides the inspiration for a fountain at one of the Village entrances.

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The Casa del Mar de Vilanova i la Geltrú and Cals Americanos de la Bisbal de l'Empordà were the stimulus behind the design of the 'theatre' of the Village, currently occupied by the Prada boutique.

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The works of the Modernista, as a particularly Catalan movement, deserve a special mention. This artistic movement is inspired by the light and colour of the Mediterranean, as well as by nature itself. "Everything comes out of the great book of nature," said Antoni Gaudí himself. The floral and animal motifs are a striking feature of the Village; indeed dragons, symbols of Catalonia and the emblem of Park Güell in Barcelona, welcome guests on their arrival.

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The sculpture of a peacock recalls the central mosaic of the Salón de Actos del Recinto Modernista Sant Pau.

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While the technique of trencadís, a mosaic style of decoration created using broken pieces of tiles and glass, is one of the artistic patterns most identified with the movement and is employed in the Village to give vivid colour to building facades and ornaments.

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The Village, too, pays tribute to wine, which features significantly in the history and culture of Catalonia; discover the buildings that evoke the designs of architect César Martinell, such as the celebrated wine cooperative Cooperativa Bodega de Gandesa.

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Can you see a building in your town that provided inspiration for La Roca Village?