The Colonia Güell was a small workers colony located in the municipality of Santa Coloma de Cervello (Barcelona). It is considered a benchmark to study the architecture of Antoni Gaudí and is also one of the modernist ensembles and major tourist attractions of Catalonia.
It began to form in 1890 on the initiative of the entrepreneur Eusebi Guell on his estate Can Soler de la Torre, and there went the textile industry was located in Sants (Barcelona). The interest away from social conflicts present in the city made the new textile industry Guell, -equipada with the latest technology of the period at issue into the framework of an industrial colony with workers houses next to the factory, built on the same property. Still it constitutes an urban center with its own personality, although its social and economic life and is not supervised by the company.
The project of working colony devised by Güell available hospital, boardinghouse, schools, shops, theaters, cooperative and chapel, along with factories and workers housing.
Gaudí design encargódel church, of which only the crypt was built, since the death of Count Güell in 1918 their children left the project.
The factory closed in 1973 as part of a widespread crisis in the textile sector producing a strong social impact on the colony. In the years after the property was sold: the factory in fractions to different companies, houses its inhabitants and the facilities and grounds around public institutions.
In 2000 began the restoration of the industrial site to turn it into a business park with capacity for up to 6,000 employees. He collaborated in the project Oscar Tusquets.