Gaudí’s Attention to Detail Defines Casa Batlló

Resting on Passeig de Gràcia just a few blocks up from Plaça Catalunya, Casa Batlló is one of our most treasured landmarks left behind from the modernism movement.  It is one of the two stunning buildings that Gaudi left his mark on that rest on Passeig de Gràcia, the other being La Pedrera.

Gaudí’s inspiration for Casa Batlló came from shapes and colors found in marine life.  This is quite apparently seen, with blue, green and purple hues, those found naturally in coral.  The facade is tiled, curvy, and intricately detailed — with arguably its most prominent feature being the balconies resemblant of hallow jaws taken from an unknown creature.  It’s clear to see why, upon first glance, why Gaudí’s famous work of Casa Batlló is referred to by locals as “casa dels ossos,” or “house of bones.” From the interior, the building seems to twist in every which way possible, beginning from the staircase upon entering, to the salon looking over the street, all the way to the covered terrace.

The tiling, detail and color hues are trademark Gaudí.

Skulls, bright colors, and intricate detail visible from Passeig de Gràcia.

Consistent with the rest of Gaudí’s works of genius, Casa Batlló is no exception of his trademark style — even the roof was built to resemble the unique shape of an animal’s back, this one consisting of scales, with the spine changing color as you adjust your perspective.  Along with the rest of his other works, the detail and creativity allocated to the building is impressive. Attention to detail such as designing varied window size dependent on the height of the window to the top of the building to allow adequate light in.  By doing so, he ensured that each room had uniform lighting, regardless of the room.

The origins of the building date back to well before Gaudí got his hands on it.  In 1900 it was bought by the wealthy Josep Batlló.  In the beginning, he wished to have the building torn down and built back up, but Gaudí insisted to renovate the existing building’s interior and exterior instead. The changes made consisted of a redesign of the facade and roof, the addition of an extra floor, and a remodeled interior.

Twisting ceilings and curvy lines evident throughout the interior.

AddressPasseig de Gràcia, 43

Metro: Line 3 Passeig de Gràcia (look for exit signs to Calle Aragó/Rambla Catalunya)

Entrance  €18.15 with audio guide included. English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese available.  Discounts apply.  Purchase available online and on site.  

Hours: Daily from 9h to 21h.

Length of Tour: Audio tour takes about 1 hour.

Gaudí’s theme of marine life stays consistent throughout the entirety of the building.

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Photo Credits: MorBCN, Stefano Ambrosoli, Juan Salmoral, Katharina, Alessio Tamasoni.

 

 

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