Casa Batllo

Our final Gaudi visit in Barcelona was to Casa Batllo. This incredible, six-story house looks out onto one of Barcelona’s main streets. The entire house has an ocean/sea creature motif, and there are almost no straight lines. Some people say the main facade looks like masks, while others see skulls. Some people see a huge bat in the main window of the first floor, while others see arched bones once again.

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The whimsical curving lines continue inside the house, and the rich blues and greens made Julia and I feel as though we were under water.

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Inside the house is a huge light well that runs from the roof down to the first floor and provides natural light to the rooms on all sides. The well is patterned with blue tiles that get darker as they move higher. From the bottom though, it looks like the tile is all the same color!

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The small balcony on the top story provides an incredible view of the facade and of the city.

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And even the roof is fully decorated!

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Every detail contributed to the spiraling, aquatic feel of the house, including both this ceiling and this spiral staircase leading to the attic.

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The outdoor terrace completed the colorful, bubbling atmosphere of the house.

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And one other interesting note: this fireplace was crafted to seat three people: two on the loveseat that’s in view, and a chaperone on the seat across from them! Not much privacy in Casa Batllo even when you weren’t in view of the huge windows…

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Julia and I loved our visit to Casa Batllo. It was fun to see how Gaudi implemented his futuristic, colorful style on a smaller scale than La Sagrada Familia, and we both felt like we understood more of what made his work unique.

After a long day of walking, Julia and I concluded the evening with a hostel-made dinner of ramen and eggs. True college travelers!

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One thought on “Casa Batllo

  1. Gaudi was masterful in how he was able to break out of all established architectural designs before him. The curves are graceful and joyful. I like the indoor well that allows light into the rooms, we need to explore that more for future buildings. Thanks for sharing.

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