Exploring Casa Batlló in Barcelona | Antoni Gaudi- “The Artist of God.”

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There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.
Antonio Gaudi

Part of the allure that brings people to Barcelona apart from the food and football is the city’s rich history and culture.  It comes to no surprise that Antoni Gaudi is one of the most celebrated architects the world has ever known and his refined, unique architectural style can be witnessed all over the city of Barcelona. In my previous visits to Barcelona, I have experienced Gaudi’s typical ‘Art Nouveau’ vision at La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and Casa Milà ‘La Pedrera’. There was one Gaudi masterpiece I still hadn’t experienced and that was Casa Batlló.

Casa Batlló (pronounced Bayah) is located in the centre of Barcelona on Passeig de Gràcia, a few blocks up from Plaça de Catalunya. This private residence was commissioned to Gaudi in 1904 and still to this day remains privately owned and receives no financial benefits from the local council, relying solely on donations and ticket sales.

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Prior to entering the absurd yet striking building, you’ll notice the colourful mosaic flowers on the exterior facing onto the busy street and freakish looking balconies resembling that of bones and a dragon. It’s no wonder that Casa Batlló is known as ‘Casa dels ossos’ by locals meaning, ‘House of Bones.‘ Glimpses of the rooftop can also be seen from the sidewalk but are much better experienced from the inside.

As you make your way inside, you are given an interactive audio guide with a small device with a screen (Ten points to the team at Casa Batlló, it’s fantastic) that shows you what the room and furniture used to look like back when it was built. Gaudi very rarely used straight lines in his work and Casa Batlló pays tribute to his outstanding attention to detail and characteristics with hints of a Mediterranean influence. Spectacular stained glass work, as seen below, are no better way to clarify Gaudi’s audacious skill and vision.

One of the unanticipated, yet most charming elements in Casa Batlló are the monochromatic walls of the hallway, stemming across all four floors of the building, leading up to a skylight. This skylight was the clever way Gaudi incorporated natural sunlight into the building.

 

Adriana Kupresak |Exploring Casa Batlló in Barcelona | Antoni Gaudi

One of my favourite places in Casa Batlló was the garden, in particular the collage of ceramics at either side as you made your way into the courtyard. I loved the pop of colour and use of various shapes that were arranged in mosaic patterns, worked so well with the blue Barcelonean sky.

Adriana Kupresak Barcelona | Casa Batllo

Just incase you thought the feeling of awe and fascination was over, Casa Batlló’s show stopper, in my opinion was the roof terrace. But then again, I am obsessed with the quality skyline that Barcelona delivers rain, hail or sunshine.

The arched roof, resembling the spine of a dragon draws inspiration from shapes and colours found in marine life. Gaudi was often quoted saying, “Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature,” which is evident throughout his work and creativity.  The roof terrace also features several chimneys continuing the stained mosaic feel, each piece, finely balanced and deliberately placed. A cross which has been plunged into the back of the ‘dragon’s spine’ representing Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia.

Adriana Kupresak |Exploring Casa Batlló in Barcelona | Antoni Gaudi

 

With a legacy as iconic and impressive as Antoni Gaudi’s, it’s no surprise that Casa Batlló is  another extension and narrative of a genius nicknamed, The Artist of God.

Address

Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Opening Hours

9am-9pm

Buy Your Tickets Online HERE.

Follow Casa Batlló on Snapchat (Click on the picture if you’re on your mobile)

Adriana Kupresak |Exploring Casa Batlló in Barcelona | Antoni Gaudi

Take a Look At My Video on Barcelona For Footage of My Visit to Casa Batlló

 

A special Thank You to the Social Media Team at Casa Batlló for inviting me along to one of my most treasured moments during my fourth visit to Barcelona. See you again soon.

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6 Responses
  • Ann
    May 27, 2016

    Wow. Looks fascinating. As I minored in Art in high school and college, I can appreciate architecture also. And Barcelona is already on my bucket list, as it were, for now. Now I just want to definitely get there. Following your posts is such a joy Adriana. For those of us that can’t travel as easily, it’s wonderful to be able to experience other cultures through your pictures and posts.

  • Katia
    May 28, 2016

    Wow. Looks like you had a wonderful time and the pictures are great. Thanks for sharing your experience with us Adriana. 🙂

  • Piper S
    May 28, 2016

    Looks beautiful. Would love to get there. And if my business does take off, my 1st major gift to myself is an extensive vacation to travel. We only have this one life right now….make the best of it, as you have Ms. Kupresak.

    • Adriana Kuprešak
      May 29, 2016

      Piper, Thank you for your comment, I trust your business will succeed as you wish xx

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