Casa Batlló, Barcelona: Inside Gaudí’s ‘House of Bones’

Step inside the mesmerising world of Casa Batlló, an architectural wonder nestled in the vibrant streets of Barcelona, Spain. Designed by the visionary Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, this iconic building is a testament to his unparalleled creativity and imagination. So, join me on a visual journey of Casa Batlló to discover the captivating design features that make Gaudí’s “House of Bones” or “House of the Dragon” a true masterpiece.

Inside Casa Batlló, Barcelona: Discovering Gaudí's 'Dragon House'
Figure 1

Antoni Gaudí: The Architectural Visionary

Antoni Gaudí, a pioneering Catalan architect, left an indelible mark on the world of architecture with his groundbreaking modern designs (see Figure 1). Gaudí’s unique approach blended elements of nature, religion, and Catalan culture, giving birth to structures that defy convention and ignite the imagination. Casa Batlló is, without a doubt, one of those iconic buildings.

Casa Batlló: Gaudí’s Modernist Masterpiece

Built-in 1877 by architect Emilio Sala Cortés, Gaudí redesigned the house for wealthy textile industrialist Josep Batlló between 1904 and 1906. He transformed the conventional structure of Passeig de Gràcia into an organic work of art, both inside (see Figure 2) and out (see Figure 3). The iconic masterpiece has since become a symbol of Catalan Modernism. Today, the house is celebrated by many for its innovative design and rich symbolism.

Figure 2
Casa Batlló by Gaudí: Rooftops
Figure 3

Key Highlights to Explore at Casa Batlló

To fully appreciate the architectural brilliance of Antoni Gaudí when visiting Casa Batlló, there are several key features and details to look out for:

1. Casa Batlló’s Enchanting Façade

Upon first glance, the exterior of Casa Batlló appears as if plucked from a dream (see Figure 4). Take the case of the building’s façade, where every curve and contour showcases Gaudi’s fanciful interpretation of organic shapes. Vibrant colours, intricate details, and undulating lines also create a sense of movement and fluidity. They invite viewers into its otherworldly realm. Interestingly, the balconies and columns on the first floor resemble human bones (see Figure 5), giving the building its nickname “Casa dels Ossos” or “House of Bones.”

Figure 4
Casa Batlló's Enchanting Facade
Figure 5

2. Casa Batlló’s Interior Spaces

Gaudí’s organic design principles also extend seamlessly to the interior spaces of Casa Batlló. Inside the house, each element creates a feeling of balance and amazement. The grand staircase (see Figure 6) is a perfect example, with its sinuous curves and delicate wrought-iron railings. It serves as the house’s centrepiece, attracting visitors towards its captivating beauty. It is not just in its architecture where organic forms are prevalent. They can also be seen throughout Casa Batlló’s interior design and decorative elements (see Figure 7).

Figure 6
Figure 7

3. The Roof Terrace

Ascending to the roof terrace of Casa Batlló reveals yet another facet of Gaudí’s genius. Here, a mosaic of colourful ceramic tiles adorns the undulating surface, resembling the scales of a dragon (see Figure 8). The playful combination of shapes and colours creates a visually stunning display. They are both whimsical and awe-inspiring. The roof terrace also offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Barcelona’s skyline (see Figure 9).

Casa Batlló: Rooftops
Figure 8
Figure 9

4. Casa Batlló’s Enchanting Lightwells

The design of Casa Batlló’s lightwells showcases Gaudí’s careful attention to natural light (see Figure 10). These vertical shafts are decorated with complex stained glass windows and ornamental motifs, allowing sunlight to enter the interior areas and fill them with an ethereal glow (see Figure 11). The play of light and shadow undoubtedly enhances visitors’ sensory experience, turning mundane moments into extraordinary ones.

Casa Batlló: Lightwell
Figure 10
Inside Casa Batlló
Figure 11

“Casa Batlló is a prime example of Gaudí’s unique style, often referred to as Modernisme or Catalan Modernism.”

Preserving Casa Batlló’s Legacy

Over the years, Casa Batlló has undergone meticulous restoration to ensure that Gaudí’s vision remains intact for future generations. From cleaning the façade to repairing interior details, every effort has to honour the architect’s legacy while preserving the house’s historical significance. Not surprisingly, Casa Batlló is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an architectural gem. Thus, it is one of Barcelona‘s most popular tourist attractions.

Summary

Overall, Casa Batlló is a stunning example of Antoni Gaudí’s creative brilliance and the enduring appeal of Catalan Modernism. Its mesmerising design features and rich symbolism continue to captivate visitors from all over the world. Furthermore, it offers a fantastical realm for exploration and encourages visitors to discover the magic inside. Overall, visiting Casa Batlló is an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who enter.

Finally, remember to visit Casa Batlló on your next trip to Barcelona and immerse yourself in Gaudí’s ‘Dragon House’ experience!

Casa Batlló – Photos

Before I go, here are a few more pictures I took inside Casa Batlló, Barcelona.

Enjoy!

Rooftop: Casa Batlló
Inside Casa Batlló: A Symphony of Design and Creativity

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