Casa Batlló is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol. Built in the year 1877 and remodeled in the years 1905–1907, Casa Batllo is located at Passeig de Gràcia 43, (passeig means promenade or avenue in Catalan), part of the Illa de la Discòrdia in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia.
The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.
The Casa Batlló is really remarkable — like most of the works designed by Gaudi, only identifiable as Modernism or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.
It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and similar to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.
Casa BatllóPasseig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Area: Eixample right
Website: Casa Batlló - Barcelona
Opening hours: Every day 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Prices: 18,15 € (they have special discounts)
Phone: +34 93 488 06 66
Metro/Bus: Metro: L3 Passeig de Gràcia