Casa Batlló was built by Antonio Gaudi in 1877 and restored between 1904 and 1906, and is as interesting as the more popular La Pedrera which also happens to be on the same road. Known locally as Casa dels ossos the building appears void of any straight lines with a front decorated in broken ceramic tiles. Inside Casa Batlló visitors will also find a souvenir shop with exclusive gifts and a wide variety of Gaudi books.
Sunday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Adults: 17.80 EUR (includes audio guide)
A facade of blue, green & mauve mosaics. Curving balconies with what appear to be eye holes.
The roof of this building represents St. George and the dragon.
A true work from out of Gaudi's imagination :-)
My fist bite of Antoni Gaudi’s fascinating work was the Casa Battló.
Come here to enjoy colors, shapes, very brilliant usage of the light and all those little details around the house.
I really did enjoy! :)
Walking along Passeig de Gracia in the most distinguished district of Barcelona you can find the Illa de la Discordia block; which contains four art nouveau building designed by different architects.
The most interesting is Gaudi's Casa Batllo, one of the strangest residential buildings in the world. This house is probably the best known and most characteristic work of Gaudi in Barcelona.
It was restored and remodeled according to the plans of Gaudi and of Josep Maria Jujol between 1905-1907 for the middle-class family Battlo originally.
The modern form of Casa Batlló is the result of the conversion of an existing dwelling, its original structural system is almost unrecognizable behind the new sprawling, undulating, organic forms. Gaudi has developed the facades and the roof into sculpture; on the building there is not only a straight line either, windows, the frames are almost reminiscent of a dinosaurus bones. The organic forms are involved in the whole building, and also the roof studded with glazed ceramics adapts to this style.
The people of the period were quite astonished by this house and gave local names for the building such as the House of Bones or the House of Yawns
Although Gaudio is usually included in the Art Nouveau architecture (in Spain, "modernismo") his art is unusual and individual. Casa Batllo is a masterpiece of this particular style and the last building decorated with richly painted ceramics.
A part of the house was opened to visitors on the occasion of the architect's 150th birth anniversary in 2002. Today visitors already have access to the terrace and in the attic too.
Warning: to take pictures inside is not allowed.
Open daily from 9am–8pm; but closed if there is any special event in the house.
Admission fee: €16.50 (incl. audio guide)
Whatever you do in Barcelona, do NOT give the Casa Batllo a pass. The entrance fee of 16.50 euros (which includes the informative audio guide) may seem expensive but I felt it was well worth it and I would gladly fork out that amount to go again. It is a very "interactive" tour as you are encouraged to touch the walls, the doors and handles, the railings to get a feel of the place. Everything is smooth and fits the touch as the house was designed with fluid rather than hard geometric lines.
Looking at the house from Passeig de Gracia, it immediately pops out with it's strange wavy and colourful facade. Designed by Gaudi, this is a brilliant masterpiece of the Modernist style. The moment you step foot into it, it is like you are in an enchanted house that exists in a fairy tale land. It is obviously that deep thought was given to every single piece, every nook and ever corner of that place. Clearly inspired by nature, I was amazed at the sense of being underwater looking upwards at the blue air/light well in the centre of the building, awed by the way the ventilation of the building works by emulating the gills of a fish, intrigued by the whirlpool ceiling and in wonderment at the jeweled rooftop and chimneys that is said to depict St. George slaying the dragon. I honestly cannot imagine what went on inside the mind of Gaudi when creating this work of art. An Irish man I bumped into while admiring the casa said that the sheer brilliance of it all moved one to tears and I completely understood what he meant.
Words and photos are insufficient to describe the beauty of this place. It has to be experienced to be understood.
Since it is a popular attraction, it can get a bit crowded. It was impossible to get a photograph without some stranger in the way and sometimes, we had to take a couple of shots as people just wandered into the path of the camera.
It is open 9.00 till 20.00 Monday to Sunday. 16.50 euros per person entrance fee which includes an audio guide, however, don't forget your discount if you hop off the tour bus here. A fantastic building and worth a visit even if you decide not to go inside. This buidling is also lit up at night . Arriving by the Metro "Passeig de Gràcia" (Green Line, L3)
This building, also known as House of Bones (Casa dels ossos) due to its visceral, skeletal organic quality, was restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodelled in the years 1905–1907.
It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.
The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.
It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.
09:00 - 20:00
€16.50 or 14.85 (on line)
Casa Batllo was a fascinating place - (you are not supposed to take photos inside) - and the sheer brilliance of some of the designs left me breathless. The folding french-window-style doors and the windows that that opened onto the "eyes" of the sea creature balcony at the front were stunning.
Casa Battló (pronounced bah-LYO in Catalan; the t is silent) is among Barcelona’s best known tourist sites, and you will be able to judge that from the sheer number of people who line up outside the Casa in the hopes of being able to get in and view its exquisite interior. This is another creation of Barcelona’s prodigal architectural son, Antoni Gaudi, and Josep Maria Jujol, first in 1877 and then redone again in 1903-04. The house was originally done for a middle-class family; imagine that this was your proverbial “white picket fence” house! It has these awesome bone-like structures (reminiscent of a skeleton in a children’s cartoon) on the lower part of the house, while the upper part has over windows and exquisite tile work. Like many of Gaudi’s works, this building has at least some tribute to Catalunya: at the top is the cross of St. George (Catalunya’s patron saint), and the chimneys (I think) are meant to symbolize the Saint’s sword being driven into the dragon’s back. Be sure to get here early if you are intent on seeing the house, as lines form pretty quickly, especially in the summer.
The official name of this amazing house (or is it art?) is Casa Batlló. Local people call it ‘Casa dels Ossos’. The house of bones. It was once a conventional house built in 1877. Architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet completely remodelled and transformed the house in 1904. He used balconies and windows to create openings that look like skulls and facades that look like human bones. Described as Expressionist or Art Nouveau, it is a truly inspirational expression of art and architecture. Its design was absolutely revolutionary even in a city renowned for innovative structures.
Although privately owned it is open every day from 9am to 8pm. Times may vary because of the volume of visitors.
Buses: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28
Metro: L2, L3, L4 (Passeig de Gràcia)
Another masterpiece by Gaudi. It was originally built for a wealthy textile producer Joseph Batllo. He wanted to renovate his old house rather than build an entirely new one at another location in the city because of the posh area. gaudi faced lots of difficulties in construction of the building but the end product is something amazing. I have stopped dreaming about beautiful houses. I want mine like this one day. It is decorated with ceramics of beautiful colors. The windows look amazing and so do the small balconies. I am not a great architect and can't use any technical terms, all that I can say is that the house looks like a dream. On the roof there is a small tower with a four petal floral dome.
With curves and unusual shapes, this Gaudí residential building gives the sensation that it is alive and dancing. It is one of the architect's residential masterpieces, both the interior and the exterior. In 1904, he was assigned the remodelling of an existing plain-looking 1875 building and completed the work in two years. In the typical Gaudí style, the building draws on natural and organic elements to produce a strange creation reminiscent of flora and fauna. The building lies in Illa de la Discòrdia, the most famous Modernista block in Barcelona. Admission is rather expensive, at €20, but is well worth it. I strongly recommend utilising an audio guide as it will point out fascinating features one would otherwise miss. Casa Batlló also provides the visitor with one of the most memorable photo opportunities in the whole of Barcelona, so take many pictures. For more photos of the architectural marvel, check out the travelogue "Casa Battló".
Casa Batlló is a very interesting and beautiful building by Gaudí.
The facade is very ornamented and has very nice details. I'm sure there are many different opinions as to what it represents.
I have unfortunately not visited the interior yet.
The Casa Batllo was redesigned by Gaudi during 1905-1907. The owner of the house Josep Batllo was unhappy that his house didn’t look as extravagant as his neighbours, so he asked Gaudi to completely redesign the house. Inside the house, every room is different with different forms and angles. There is a lift, but use the staircase because it is impressive. You will notice that the staircase tiles fade as they go down, this is to create the illusion that there is more light. Have a look at the photos. There are audio guides available which are included with the entrance price.
you know, there are maps to guide you here, but when you arrive, it just pops out and scares you. after walking street after street of heavy-looking angular buildings, you see this abstract and light, delicate structure that is lit from below its balconies, and you feel the "eyes" of the skeletal structure looking down at you. it's not to be missed.