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The Mariano Pidelaserra building is located on Balmes Street, above Diagonal Avenue, in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. It consists of two multi-family houses between partitions, on a corner between the aforementioned street and that of Comte de Salvatierra. It consists of a commercial ground floor, a mezzanine floor, five floors, an attic and an upper attic, as well as a prominent tower, located in the corner.
This property is characterised by a great profusion of volumes and shapes that emerge from the façades from the first floor. At the base, the ground floor and the mezzanine are the simplest and have numerous openings, simple with few significant volumes. From the first floor, a good series of diverse forms begin. The first and which gives more personality to the building is the corner itself. This joins different openings in a curved balcony, with a tubular railing, of different lengths depending on the plan. In the attic, this curved balcony reaches the entire perimeter of the two façades and above, it is finished with the presence of a prominent tower, which has two bodies. The lower one has a quadrangular morphology with blunt corners and the upper one has a circular plan. On both sides of this curved balcony we find other forms, repetitive by section but not by floor. Trapezoidal bodies protrude at the ends and triangular ones further in.
The ensemble follows an ascending rhythm around the important body of the chamfer; they follow the criteria of the modern movement, in terms of treatment of the lighting and skin of the building, but its formal composition lies closer to the aesthetic theories of Marinetti's futurists than the aesthetics of GATCPAC.
It does not appear that the building has undergone major renovations since its construction. In addition, its state of conservation is good.