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Located in the amazing and centric Eixample Quarter, the Casa Batlló was declared World Heritage of UNESCO in 2005.
It is part of the island of buildings known as the "Block of Discord ", due to the variety of styles in the various buildings.
All of them are completely different and unique. This house is just one of the three modern art style houses in this area, with the Amatller House by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and the Lleó - Morera House designed by the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner.
Casa Batlló built by Antoni Gaudí in 1904 was conceived as an allegory of the colors and shapes of the sea, which you will particulary observe in the facade of this house, a spectacular recreation of the various shades of the ocean.
How to get there
- Metro: L3, stop Passeig de Gràcia
- Bus: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28
- General 25 €
- Gratis: Teachers accompanying groups (1 for 20 people). Tourist guides accompanying groups. Chaperones for blind people.
- Discount: Students, under 18 years, people over 65 years, and residents in Catalonia.
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Originally, the building was designed in 1877 by Emilio Sala Cortés (one of Gaudí 's architectural professors) when there was still no electrical light in Barcelona. It was purchased in 1903 by Mr Josep Batlló y Casanovas, a textile industrialist who owned many factories in Barcelona and a successful businessman.
Mr Josep Batlló granted Antoni Gaudí complete artistic freedom, placing him in charge of a project that originally included the demolition of the house. However, thanks to the bravery displayed by Gaudí, the demolition of the house was ruled out and was fully renovated between 1904 and 1906.
Gaudì completely modified the façade, redistributing the internal partitioning, extending the patio of the lights and turning the internal into a true work of art. Apart from its artistic merit, the building is also highly functional, far more characteristic of modern times than of the past. Others still see the architectural patterns of the late 20th century.
Interpretations of La Casa Batllo
Casa Batlló is a celebration of happiness, a canvas of underwater inspiration, a dream world that evokes nature and imagination.
Its façade is the entrance to this symbolic world, flooding the viewer with emotions set against the backdrop of continuous dialog with light and colour. The impressive nature is sure to attract all those who see it, causing passers-by to stop and admire it at any time.
Gaudí has given Casa Batlló a special façade, full of creativity, thanks to his work as a free and joyful artist. He thus created an exuberant and marine-inspired façade, incorporating involuntary sculptures, recycled materials and decontextualized objects, turning them into art
The interior of Casa Batlló is a marvel of design. Gaudí collaborated with the very finest craftsmen of the period, working with wrought iron, wood, stained glass, ceramic tiles and stone ornaments, among others. As you visit the house, the features never fail to amaze. The doors leading to the different apartments are marked by letters with modernist elements. The windows of each landing distort the tiles of the lights' courtyard, turning them into delicate ripples of water.
Part of the building's original furniture designed by Gaudí himself is currently held in the Casa-Museu Gaudí's in the Park Güell.