When Antoni Gaudí was 31 years old, he designed a strange and ornate villa in the Spanish coastal city of Comillas for a wealthy client. El Capricho, completed in 1885, was one of his first full-scale buildings, but it already had all the markings of a Gaudí masterpiece—lots of color, shapes, and delightful weirdness.
El Capricho is pure eye candy, and thanks to photographer David Cardelús, we can revel in all its colorful glory. In a new series of photos, Cardelús takes us on a detail-filled tour of El Capricho, from the carved marble pillars to the glass-walled greenhouse in the rear of the house.
Like Gaudí Park Güell and the Sagrada Família, El Capricho is a celebration of pattern, texture, and color. The bottom of the house is built from pale brick that’s striped with sunflower emblazoned tiles. A Persian minaret covered in the same sunflower tiles juts into the air like a Super Mario Brothers castle.
The whole house feels a little like a fever dream, which is exactly the intended effect. You can get a taste of the building here, but to see Gaudí’s handiwork up close, you can always book a tour.