Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 2, 2015

Gorgeous Gaudi

There are Gaudi designed buildings all over BarcelonaWe visited many and my favourite of all is the wonderful Casa Battlo in Passeig de Gracia.

Casa Battlo

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.

Casa Battlo

There are few straight lines on the building, in contrast to the building beside it.

Casa Battlo

Much of the facade is decorated with colourful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles.

Casa Battlo

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.

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

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.

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

The internal stairwell was enlarged to let in more light.

Casa Bettlo

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

The cosy fireplace with seats is interesting.

Casa Battlo

 

Casa Battlo

The light fittings are stunning…I want them in my house.

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

 

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

The glorious windows let in amazing light.

Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

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.

 


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  1. What gorgeous architecture.

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    • It’s stunning. I loved this building.

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  2. It is most interesting what Gaudi did with the attics of all the buildings he designed or remodeled. Generally, the attics were totally neglected as they housed the servants’ quarters and general service rooms such as laundry and ironing rooms and storage. They were rather awful, poorly lit although they occupied the top floors, humid and terribly hot in summer. What a difference Gaudi made!

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    • I can imagine that the lives of servants weren’t much fun back then.

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  3. Fantastic place. It comes across as a very tactile building. Thank you for the fab pics! Another must do!

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    • The building was absolutely full of people. It was difficult to get photos of the rooms because of the crowds. It really is a beautiful place.

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  4. Well , as you would no doubt expect Debra , I find the the building abominable . Personally , the original Spanish architecture of that period was much more refined and stands everywhere in the Spanish world today with much greater reverence than Gaudi’s moments of madness displayed here .

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    • I am aware that Gaudi is not universally popular, but I love this building and his other work. I like that it is different and I love the curves.

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  5. How creative! I too love the fact that his buildings have his distinctive design and style.

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    • I think Gaudi’s work is fabulous. Everything doesn’t have to look the same.

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  6. If only a Gaudi could emerge in Brisbane!

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    • I passed a building yesterday in Brisbane that showed obvious Gaudi influence. I will go back when I am not in the car and take a photo.

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  7. Wow and intriguing! Excellent capture … and Barcelona is definitely on my list of places I want to visit.

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  8. I’ve never been inside a Gaudi designed building, only admired them from afar so thank you for this glimpse inside! 😀

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  9. A beautiful representation of this most unique building Debra. It was our favourite Gaudi building in Barcelona too!

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  10. What stunning detail in these photos Debra. I admired the building from the outside only whilst in Barcelona … obviously a big mistake not to enter… but thank you for the tour.

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  11. Reblogged this on aminobuana, inc..

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