Cesar Martinell



The Architect Cèsar Martinell i Brunet, constructor of the Gandesa Cooperative Winery, was born December 24, 1888 in Valls (Tarragona). He started his studies in Valls and did follow them in 1906 in Barcelona, where he’d began his specialization in Architecture, while he would be attending some drawing classes at the academy of Francesc Galí. At his last years of University, he worked next to Joan Rubió and Bellver, who influenced his architecture work, next to Jujol and Domènech i Muntaner. He graduated in 1915.

On his last years of career, Martinell met Antoni Gaudi at a visit to the Sagrada Familia, that was organized by the School of Engineers.

From 1918 to 1925 he constructed around forty agrarian and industrial buildings dedicated to wine and oil productions in different cities around Catalonia, especially in the southern areas of the country. One of the main characteristics of those buildings were that were built using practical and economical arcs as Antoni Gaudi would advise. He also collaborated with Xavier Nogués, who created ceramic panels to decorate the edifices.

He died in Barcelona November 19, 1973.