Casa Batlló, Barcelona
Gaudi is among the most famous World’s architects. Actually Barcelona is the main city he was working, so it is a center location to see Gaudi architecture.
As famous examples of Gaudi works I could mention the Church of Holy Family (Sagrada Familia), Guell park, Casa Batllo, Guell palace and so on.
The uniqueness of his architecture is a return to a nature and trying to depict it in buildings, so sometimes the lines of buildings look like a stem of plants, like a scale of a fish. He also liked to use ceramic tiles to make a building livelier.
the Casa Batilo is a real piece of art! also check out the Wax museum and the bar of the Wax Museum. they are found in ramblas santa monica. the bar is so nicely decorated with trees, nymphs and other such wax characters! it felt like going into a different world out of an enid blyton or celtic myths book!
sagrada famiglia, casa gaudi, parc guell and erotic museum all have intersting art pieces to see.
In Placa Espanya there is the Palau Nacional which is the Museum of Catalan art. By night this is such a beautifully lit up place. Unfortunately we missed the Magic Fountain shows. worth checking!!!
But my all time fave is el poble espanyol, the spanish village. so artistic and beautiful! we went there on easter sunday. it has a mixture of artisan shops and beautiful houses and a sculpture garden. I was amazed. A wonderful afternoon spent exploring this village. when it started raining, it was beautiful.
Fondest memory: everything except for the pick pockets and dodgy trannies
Casa Batllo was situated on the same street as our hotel, so we frequently passed by it on our walks.
Once again, notice the 'wavy' construction on its facade--Gaudi thought that since straight lines never exist in nature, they should not exist in architecture.
Doesn't it look like something from a children's storytale (pic #2)? The roof line is very imaginative and quite distinct, as are most Gaudi constructions. Some people say that the building's design brings to mind skull and bones--what do you think?
Designed by architect, Antoni Gaudi, it is considered his most 'celebrated building" which sits on what's known as the Block of Discord in Barcelona's Eixample district and said to represent the "advent of a new century and metaphorical defeat of the old".
This home was created for Josep Batllo, an affluent aristocrat, who lived in the lower levels and rented out the upper floors as apartments. This building can be toured; audio guides provided; admission.
Casa Batllo was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005.
Address: Casa Battlo No. 43, Passeig de Gracia
Passeig de Garcia, 43, tel. 93 488 06 6, open hours: Monday-Sunday 9.00 – 14.00
This house A.Gaudi built in 1904-1906 to manufacturer D.Batllo-y-Casanovas. The roof looks like dragon, which is downcast by St.George’s sword. Saint George (San Jordi) is the protector of Barcelona.
Fondest memory: Gaudi works are always look magical.
Gaudi Architecture is among one of my favorite things in Barcelona.
(b. Reus, Spain 1852; d. Barcelona, Spain 1926)
The son of a coppersmith, Antonio Gaudi was born in Reus, Spain in 1852. He studied at the Escola Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona and designed his first major commission for the Casa Vincens in Barcelona using a Gothic Revival style that set a precedent for his future work.
Over the course of his career, Gaudi developed a sensuous, curving, almost surreal design style which established him as the innovative leader of the Spanish Art Nouveau movement. With little regard for formal order, he juxtaposed unrelated systems and altered established visual order. Gaudi's characteristically warped form of Gothic architecture drew admiration from other avant-garde artists.
Although categorized with the Art Nouveau, Gaudi created an entirely original style. He died in Barcelona in 1926.
Fondest memory: Casa Batllo Commentary
"Mighty pillars that appear to resemble the feet of some giant elephant are the first thing to meet the eye of the passerby from street level. The roof reminds him of a completely different animal: it is bordered by a jagged line similar to the backbone of a gigantic dinosaur. A facade extends between the two, including a number of small, elegantly curved balconies that seem to stick to the front of the house like birds' nests on the face of the cliff. The facade itself glitters in numerous colours, and small round plates that look like fish scales are let into it. There are no edges or corners here; even the walls are rounded in undulations and have in essence the feel of the smooth skin of a sea serpent about them."
Favorite thing: This is a nice nightview of Casa Batlló,one of masterpieces in architecture of Antonio Gaudí.To learn more about that nice building,see my must see activities tips and travelogues to see more pictures of the building.
Favorite thing: This picture does not do it justice at all!!! The glass on the facade was like glitter and diamonds in the sunlight. You must see this for yourself! See the balconies inspired by Venetian masks?? Do not miss.
The colorful Casa Batllo (Batllo House) is an apartment building located at No. 43 Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona. It was totally renovated by Gaudi from 1904 to 1906 on a commission from the textile industrialist Josep Batlla i Casaanovas. Along with two Modernista works, the Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch (1900) and the Casa Lleo Morera by Domenech i Montaner (1905), the Casa Batllo makes up the Mançana de la Discordia (Block of Discord), an allusion to the mythological Judgment of Paris.
One of the architect's most complete works, Casa Batllo reflects an intense yet abstract naturalism. Decorated with polychrome ceramics of both brilliant and subtle colors, it produces an indefinable sensation of lightness in spite of the profusion of forms and motifs. At the first floor level of the undulating facade is a striking stone structure in the form of a loggia (roofed open gallery) supported by columns that frame windows decorated with stained glass. The ceramics and multi-colored glass mosaics of the upper part are interrupted by aggressive iron balconies in the form of masks.
Crowning the whole is a suggestive tile roof over double garrets which evokes the back of a fantastic dragon. Also on the roof is a round tower with a floral dome topped with a four-branched cross, one of Gaudi's favorite motifs, behind which stand the colorful sculpted chimneys with their allusions to sturdy guardians.
Fondest memory: The interior impresses as well. An splendid hall stands at the entrance with winding stairs and attractively designed windows which are cast with changing blue tones according to the graduated colors of the ceramic tiles. The first floor was decorated by Gaudi who created some of his best interior design pieces for it in magnificently built fireplaces, wooden floors, furniture, stained glass, and wrought iron elements.
Favorite thing: Go for the gaudy Gaudi Grand Tour: Batllo House, Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia. See undulating houses and sense his unique, eccentric personal vision. Don't miss the Bari Gotic. Be sure to include the Picasso Museum. Stroll las Ramblas and sense this city's dynamic energy. Then try some pulpo, gallego style!
Yes, you say Barcelona and associate with Sagrada Familia
but Barcelona was more...La Pedrera&Casa Batlló (modern art house),Güell Park may be the best site of Barcelona, but the Laberint park no it's so far.. the old harbour
Favorite thing: Gaudi's building - 1min walk from the Metro - Passeig de Gracia. It is located at Passeig de Gracia 43.
Favorite thing: Barcelona is Gaudì, casa Btalo' is very central and easy to reach, not far from Placa Catalunya, I do not reccommend to enter as you can visit just the first floor and it's nothing special.
Favorite thing: Our first impact with one of Gaudì's buildings. Casa Batlló like most of his work seems to jump out of a fairytale book.