Located at No. 43 Passieg de Gracia in the L'Eixample district of Barcelona, Casa Batllo is Gaudi's contribution to the trio of Modernista buildings that make up the Manzana de la Discordia area, along with Lluis Domenech i Montaner's Casa Lleo Morea and Josep Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller.

Commissioned by the textile industrialist Josep Batlló i Casanovas and built between 1898 and 1906, the Casa Batllo is based around the theme of St. George and the Dragon, with the blue/green tiled roof resembling the scales of a giant lizard. The windows and their assoiated balconies are hemmed in behind wrought iron railings that look like sharks jaws. The entire front facade is seemingly randomly splashed with small clusters of irridescent tiles.The pillars that snake up the front of the building are oddly skeletal in their appearence, and have earnt the building its alternat name - 'La Casa dels Ossos' or 'The House of Bones'

Unfortunately I have no idea as to the interior of the building as it is a private residence, and is therefore not open to the public, shame really.....

Casa Batlló is one of Antoni Gaudí's amazing buildings in central Barcelona. It was originally commissioned for Josep Battló i Casanovas as a residence for him and his family. The first 2 floors were intended for them and the top floors to be rented out.

Amazing as it may seem the main part of the building is still private residences, but the first floor (or second if you're American) is open to the public since the Gaudí year of 2002. Recently (2004) they have also opened the roof and the loft to the public, but I have not been there yet. Always something to look forward to.

The whole house has a very organic feel to it and to me it feels like entering an underwater world when you go in. There are a lot of absolutely marvellous architectural details, like the way you can adjust the amount of available light in the living room using coloured screens, or the fact that the windows are smaller higher up in the building to give an even light without letting in too much heat. That kind of attention to detail goes through the entire house.

Something that blew my mind is that there is not one single 90 degree angle in the house. Everything is curved and has odd shapes. When you on top of that realize that Gaudí himself didn't have a blueprint for the building, just a few hand made scetches and actually went around and instructed the workmen himself it's a miracle that the building was ever built at all.

My only disappointment when I was there is that you are not allowed to take photographs, not even without flash, and they have lots of very attentive guards on duty. I would have liked to take some of the lovely details home with me in my camera. The guide books never gives you exactly the right angle...

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.