Casa Batllo, the Bugcrew’s favourite Barcelona attraction, in the Eixample district.
Casa Batllo, Gaudi Barcelona
Casa Batllo is an outstanding sight, both inside and out. Rebuilt between 1904 and 1907 from a regular home into a fantastical, marine-themed modernist style by Anton Gaudi. The work was commissioned by industrialist Josep Batllo and the building was soon nicknamed the ‘House of Bones’ (Casa del Ossos) by locals. It contains uniquely designed rooms, fixtures and fittings of superb form and function.
The main lounge of the house with the bony, organic effect clearly visible. Photo by Tato Grasso.
The lounge seen from the inside. Note the window frame vents. Photo by Tato Grasso.
Gaudi did his level best to avoid straight lines in Casa Battlo with a façade curved like human bones and decorated in mosaics made from shattered ceramic tiles.
Casa Batllo is located not far from the top end of La Rambla, Placa de Catalunya, on elegant but busy Passeig de Gracia.
Batllo’s roof shows Gaudi and his collaborator Jujol at their most colourful. Some think that the roof is shaped like the scaly back of a dragon, while the turret and cross represent the lance or sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), plunging into into the creature’s back.
Batllo roof vents, see also the lightwell and its graduated tiling. Photo by Tato Grasso.
Almost all Gaudi’s Barcelona designs are a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the title ‘Works of Anton Gaudi’.