Name  Casa Bofarull 
Place  Els Pallaresos 
Country  Spain 
Built  1931 
Designed  1914 
Type  renovation 
Photos by  R.Saariste 
Reference  Josep M.Jujol 70
J. M. Jujol by ir R. Saariste and ir V. Ligtelijn  
Description  One winter's day in 1913 Jujol visited his parents in Secuita. There he met the sisters Dolores and Pepita Bofarull, who were having problems with woodworm at their substantial farmhouse. In 1913 Jujol was commissioned to restore the affected roof, and that work resulted in 1914 in the renovation of the entire house, and later the construction of many outbuildings. Jujol gave the existing building a new rear elevation. On the ground floor the narrow entrance was widened with a large brick archway with a span of ten meter's. In the attic and in the right hand corner of the roof on the side of the large gallery, Jujol designed rain water cisterns, which supplied the house with running water. The cistern below ground was solely for the supply of cool drinking water. In this way minimum use was made of pumps. The village of Els Pallaresos is on a low hill, and Casa Bofarull is situated on the edge of the village, which means that from the blue gallery there is a wide view over the expanse of fields. The farmhouse itself actually blocks this view and so the effect of the dynamics is heightened when you step into the gallery from the house. In 1917, when there was a good harvest, a storehouse, granary and washroom were added on the right of the farmhouse, and staff accommodation to the left of the driveway. A garage was added on the corner in 1927, with dormitories for the grape-pickers above. Jujol built an iron balcony at the white stuccoed corner of the gallery, in which he put two seats, as he had at Casa Ximenis. The chamfered windows were a feature he later used at Torre Queralt. The drainpipe is 'attached' to the wall by graffiti. The garden side of the house also benefited from the bumper harvest. There Jujol designed a small pond, with its iron waterspout perched like a bird on the edge. He made a triangular opening in the wall surrounding the garden, in the axis with the the pond. The grille is made of old, rusty farm implements, which Jujol had found in the attic. The work was never completed, but was concluded in 1931.