Casa Batlló is one of the two astounding masterpieces that were designed by the world-renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi in the early 1900’s, more than a century ago. It is a true masterpiece which seduces visitors by its exceptional design. The building stands in Barcelona’s chicest boulevard, located in the heart of the city; Passeig de Gracia, which is easily accessible by public transport and tourist buses.
The neighbourhood surrounding Casa Batlló is stunning sight within itself. There are many apartments located nearby, where this remarkable masterpeice can be accessed easily from. The exceptional design of the building and its refined succession of artistic details captivates numerous passers-by on the Passeig de Gràcia. This sight is indefinetely a must-see when visitin Barcelona.
Whilst viewing the building, it is clear to see this refined architecture designed by Gaudi is a remarkable monument, portraying his boldest works, which showcase the splendour of the age and a display of innovation. Gaudi’s work can only be identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. It is currently one of the most widely visited tourist attractions in Barcelona, and one of the best loved by visitors.
The building is also known as the ‘House of Bones’ by the local people in Barcelona, as it has a skeletal organic quality about it. This can boldly be seen throughout the exterior of the building, where the balconies are shaped like masks which project a skull-like image and the pillars supporting them look distinctively like bones. Typical of Gaudí, straight lines are avoided whenever possible. The first floor features irregularly sculpted oval windows.
The interior of the building portrays the creativity and attention to detail that Gaudi spent on his designs. From the creative explosion of colours and shapes found in different areas of the building, to the structure and architecture of the building itself. For example, this can be seen in the decoration of mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles, to the colours chosen for the façade, which project the marine life he grasped his inspiration from.
Some history on Casa Batlló: The building was designed by Gaudí, as an upmarket home for Josep Batlló, who was a wealthy aristocrat textile industrialist. Señor Batlló lived in the lower two floors of the building with his family and the upper floors were rented out as apartments.
The Cultural Visit is an enchanted journey which can be experienced through the tour that lasts for approximately one hour. It passes through the Noble Floor, the Roof Terrace with its mythical Chimneys (where you will see the famous backbone of the dragon slain by Sant Jordi, or Saint George), and the fabulous building well (once the communal stairwell). The tour finishes with the splendid entrance hall and the main staircase. Tickets can be bought here.