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Barcelona Photo Gallery - Casa Battló by Antoni Gaudí:
The magical world of Casa Battló - designed by Antoni Gaudí for the Battló family.  More than a building, it is a legend of art and the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí.  The Modernist facade represents the waves of a calm sea - the roof tiles look like fanciful scales.  The attics and chimneys never fail to delight and fascinate.  As Gaudí was known to say ".. the only straight line is the horizon..."
Originally the architect was asked by the textile magnate Josep Batlló to demolish a nondescript building designed in the 1870s by Emilio Sala Cortés and create a new house. But Gaudí convinced Batlló that he could keep the existing structural framework and remodel it into a masterpiece that would both shock and delight fin de siècle Barcelona. Casa Batlló is situated on the Paseo de Gracia in L'Eixample, one of Barcelona's most exclusive neighborhoods. Also on this so-called "block of discord" are the houses of other prominent industrialist families such as the Amattlers and the Lleós. At the turn of the century these families were engaged in a battle to "keep up with the Joneses."
If one house featured tile, the next house would incorporate more elaborate tile. If one family hired a particular architect, the next family to build would hire a more prominent one.
Gaudí was the last architect in this competitive sequence to build in the notorious block of discord. By the time he arrived, the stakes were high, and he needed to produce something spectacular. His success is evident; the Batlló house represents a creative tour de force. It is one of Gaudí's last private commissions before he grew more reclusive and dedicated his energies to the Sagrada Familia.
Address Visiting Hours:
Passeig de Gràcia, 43 Every day from 9h00 to 20h00
08007 Barcelona Audioguide included.
Tel: 93 216 03 06 PRICE OF VISIT: 16 Euro including rooftop and attics.
Photos copyright © Anne Sewell, All Spain Accommodation


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Latest update: April 26, 2013