Casa Batlló is without a doubt one of the most peculiar residential buildings in Europe. It’s Antoni Gaudí’s exuberant imagination at his best. The facade heaves and ripples while its tiles glimmer in shades of blue, green, and mauve.
Gaudí built Casa Batlló between 1904 and 1906 for a wealthy Barcelonian family. Its facade, interior, and functionality captivate the world until the present day. The residence stands confidently in the heart of the spacious and grand Passeig de Gracia. More specifically, it forms a part of the block between Carrer del Consell de Cent and Carrer d’Aragó. This block bears a playful name Manzana de la Discordia, meaning “Apple (Block) of Discord.” It's a mischievous name referring to the two other distinctive Modernist buildings on the block which make it clear how variable and electing modernist style really was.
Gaudí’s Casa Batlló is a captivating universe of symbolism, marine inspiration, and fantasy dream world shaped by organic elements. Regardless of its unprecedented artistic value, the building is also incredibly functional. In fact, its functionality was way ahead of its time. Using laws of light distribution and colors Gaudí managed to get natural light into every single room of the house. He also designed a natural ventilation system.
Locals know this perky residential building as Casa dels Ossos (house of bones) and Casa del Drac (house of the dragon). It’s truly not hard to see why. The balconies resemble empty eye sockets of skulls and all of the columns of the facade look much like bones. On the other hand, the roof heaves around the building like a scaly dragon lying down to rest in its den. The winding and twisting shapes combined with colorful tiles play tricks on your eyes, trying their best to persuade you the house is alive and in motion.
When it comes to this building, Gaudí made his curious design visible inside and out. Avoiding the straight line, he designed each room and element to envelop and embrace human bodies and their needs. Inside, everything, whirls, twirls, and winds while the light and color play a central role giving the whole space and other-worldly touch.
Come inside and dive into the dreamy and slightly hallucinatory experience of a modernist 20th-century residence. It’s a house like you have never seen before.