Camil Oliveras Gensana

  • Camil Oliveras i Gensana

Camil Oliveras i Gensana (Figueres, 1840 – Barcelona, 1898). He was first a teacher and qualified as an architect in 1877. He was provincial architect for Barcelona Provincial Council and designed, amongst others, some of the buildings in the impressive complex of the Casa Provincial de Maternitat in the Les Corts district of Barcelona and the main door of the Palau de la Generalitat.

Along with Domènech i Montaner and Josep Vilaseca, he was one of the first generation of Catalan Art Nouveau architects. He was secretary and vice president of the Architects' Association of Catalonia (1879 and 1894) and promoted the publication of the institution's yearbooks.

Between 1878 and 1881 he worked in collaboration with Joan Martorell i Montells on buildings in Comillas, Cantabria, the chapel-mausoleum of Antonio López (Marquis of Comillas), and between 1883 and 1885, on the church of the Jesuit convent in Carrer Casp, Barcelona, also designed by Martorell.

Some elements and rooms in Güell Palace, such as the dining room, are his designs. He worked for the Güell family on the interior design of Fonollar Palace in Barcelona.