is a summer home commissioned by Máximo Díaz
de Quijano to be built in Comillas, on the Spanish Cantabrian
coast. Gaudí began the project in Barcelona without
having set foot on the land, which turned out to be
a long, narrow, and steeply inclined lot. Although this
obligated him to make the houses floor plan elongated,
Gaudí took advantage of the unevenness of the
ground to include three spaces: a half-basement to be
used as a garage, a gound floor for the owners
residence, and an attic for the domestic service.
the highest side he placed the door of the entrance
and a slender tower with a lookout from which one could
see the sea. He also built the main facade with various
outcroppings to accentuate its rhythm, and he covered
the whole building with multicolored, glazed ceramic
leaves and flowers, which gave it a happy, summery look.
Gaudí also did the landscaping, building a garden
with its respective paths and even a grotto.
Díaz de Quijano home, which would be the most
modern residence of the period in Comillas, was quickly
christened El Capricho by the neighborhood,
due to the capriciousness of its shapes and colors.
With time, the building was abandoned and suffered a
great deal of damage, until in 1988 it was restored
by its owners. It currently houses a restaurant.
Item of Cultural Interest since 1969.