Casa Batlló – a Tour of Antoni Gaudi’s Architectural Masterpiece

Casa Batlló, another architectural masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi's

Casa Batlló, another architectural masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi's

You cannot visit Barcelona, Spain without touring Antoni Gaudi’s, Casa Batlló, one of the several masterpieces by Gaudi. During my first day in Barcelona, I set out to find this renowned building and immediately took a wrong turn outside of my hotel. Once I found the correct path, strolling along the street, I immediately knew the Casa Batlló the moment I set my eyes on it. Gaudi’s architecture disrupts the landscape and grabs you; it is unavoidable and distinct. The locals refer to this home as the Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), due to its recognizable skeletal quality.

The skeletal quality of Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.

Gaudi was hired in 1904 by the Batlló’s, a prestigious family, who wanted an architect to design a house that would stand out as a creative inspiration. There is no denying the uniqueness of the Casa Batlló, with its fluid lines like no other ever seen.

The cenral well of the Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.

The home radiates around the central well that Gaudi designed to supply ample sunlight to the whole residence.

Antoni Guadi's fluidity is shown in this staircase at Caso Batlló.

As I climbed the stairs to tour each floor, I couldn’t help, but see the liquidity of Gaudi’s architectural style as ever flowing.

Radius stailcase in the Casa Batlló, by Gaudi.

Winding stailcase in the Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi.

The walls of the Casa Batlló, by Antoni Gaudi.

The walls have a pattern that mimics the mosaic tiles on the roof, which are thought to represent dragon scales.

The ceiling of the noble floor in the Casa Batlló, designed by Antoni Gaudi.

The ceiling of the Noble Floor, which is the main floor of the building, reveals the radius flow I recognized and felt throughout my tour.

The view from the noble floor of the Casa Batilló, designed by Antoni Gaudi, located in Barcelona, Spain.

There seems to be no straight lines in Gaudi’s design. The irregular shapes of the windows on the Noble Floor demonstrate it well.

The irregular shaped windows in the Casa Batilló, designed by Antoni Gaudi.

Stain glass header in the Casa Batilló as you enter the Noble floor.

A unique sconce I found while touring Casa Batllo. This fixture represents Antoni Gaudi's style.

The sconce represents Gaudi’s unique style as seen throughout the tour.

The view down a hallway at Casa Batlló, designed by architect Antoni Gaudi.

The view down this interior hallway strongly reflects Gaudi’s skeletal style as seen on its exterior facade.

Exterior roof tiles on the Casa Batlló.

The roof has a distinct arched profile, which is believed to represent the spine of a dragon, and the mosaic tiles are the scales of the beast.

Roof top on the Casa Batlló, in Barcelona, Spain.

The tour also offered up a medley of Gaudi’s unique chair designs.

Chair furniture design by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.

Other posts you might enjoy:

The Many Colors of La Boqueria Food Market in Barcelona, Spain

Tile of Spain Award Winner – Blue Wave Cocktail Bar

Colorful Exteriors Express and Inspire

Organic Architects Designing Cohesively with Nature

A Smash Up of Old & New, Miami Beach Style

Renovation Transformation: Scotland’s Renewed Buildings

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *