There are Gaudi designed buildings all over Barcelona. We visited many and my favourite of all is the wonderful Casa Battlo in Passeig de Gracia.
It was commissioned by Lluis Sala Sanchez in 1904 and was a remodel of an existing house. The family put no limits on Gaudi and wanted a house that would stand out. They lived on the Noble Floor (the main floor with the amazing window) of the building until the mid 1950s.
There are few straight lines on the building, in contrast to the building beside it.
Much of the facade is decorated with colourful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles.
The local name for Casa Battlo is Casa dels Ossos – House of Bones. To me some of the structures on the front look like knee joints.
One explanation for the feature on the roof with a turret and a cross, is that it represents the lance of St George which has been plunged into the back of a dragon.
The roof structures are both decorative and functional.
The loft contained laundry rooms and storage areas. 60 Catenary arches create a space like the rib cage if an animal.
The internal staircases are beautiful.
The internal stairwell was enlarged to let in more light.
The cosy fireplace with seats is interesting.
The light fittings are stunning…I want them in my house.
The glorious windows let in amazing light.
It must have been a great place to live. Luckily for us, it is now open to the public and we can all enjoy it.