Spain, Barcelona Guide (B): From Modernist to Modern: Casa Batllo, Barcelona

From Modernist to Modern: Casa Batllo, Barcelona
At the turn of the 20th century, the Passeig de Gràcia is the place to settle in for the powerful and wealthy of Barcelona. In 1903, Josep Batlló a rich textile industrialist buys a 25-year old house on this most prestigious street of the new and modern El Eixample district. However, Batlló’s house looks a bit dull next to the neighbouring Casa Amatller designed by the Catalan architect Puig i Cadafalch. He commissions the famous Gaudí to rebuild it completely, but the highly creative genius convinces him to keep the structure – just adding two levels – and redesign the façade and floors.

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Casa Batlló before and after Gaudí, Barcelona

Casa Amatller and Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Walking the Passeig de Gràcia, the Casa Batlló cannot be missed and its unique joyful façade resembles the impressionist waterlilies by Claude Monet. Some balconies looking like carnival masks scatter the colourful wall, when the roof mimics fish scales of a parrot fish summited by the spine of a multicolour dragon, maybe the dragon slayed by Saint George the patron of Catalonia dear to Gaudí, a proud nationalist.

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

The rooftop of Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Stopping at the façade only would be a mistake. Entering the house feels like penetrating a marine world with its shapes, colours and luminosity. Some internal windows remind the shell of a sea turtle. The beautiful ramp of the stairs leading ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: From Modernist to Modern: Casa Batllo, Barcelona
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Casa Batlló  
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
Read it on author's website: https://bestregardsfromfar.com/2017/11/25/casa-batllo-barcelona/

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