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.
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 home radiates around the central well that Gaudi designed to supply ample sunlight to the whole residence.
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.
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, which is the main floor of the building, reveals the radius flow I recognized and felt throughout my tour.
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 sconce represents Gaudi’s unique style as seen throughout the tour.
The view down this interior hallway strongly reflects Gaudi’s skeletal style as seen on its exterior facade.
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.
The tour also offered up a medley of Gaudi’s unique chair designs.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.
Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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