Gaudi’s Amazing Architecture – Casa Batllo in Barcelona

My first night in Barcelona I accidentally found Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo when I went for an evening stroll. Staying in La Ribera district I walked over to Passeig de Gràcia enjoying the people watching and admiring the architecture along the way. There are expensive shops and several tapas bars along with hotels and office buildings along Passeig de Gràcia. Ornate street lamps line the sidewalks. The evening air was cool and refreshing.

 

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Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Casa Batllo in central Barcelona - know as House of Bones

Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo also known as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones)

 

 

Entrance and curved stairway - Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo - project completed 1904 - 1906 in central Barcelona Gracia district

Entrance and curved wooden stairway – Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo

 

I wasn’t going any place in particular – I just enjoy walking and exploring a city on foot – especially a new city. I arrived in Barcelona early in the morning and enjoyed a walk around La Ribera district in the afternoon – taking in a tour of Palau de la Musica Catalana just around the corner from my room on Via Laietana.

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi was inspired by nature - using curves in many designs - wood-framed stain glass windows

Casa Batllo wood-framed stained glass windows – Antoni Gaudi utilized curves in his designs

 

I noticed a building with curves and it caught my eye. I could see it was different from all the other structures and it looked like a unique design – curves rather than straight lines and right angles as we have become so accustomed to with modern architecture. Saving money and optimizing square footage has become the norm. What a grand surprise I was rewarded with when I got close enough to really see Casa Batllo!

I fell in love!

 

Casa Batllo stained glass windows in wood frames - Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Passeig de Gracia district in Barcelona

Detail of stained glass windows at Casa Batllo

 

The place was mesmerizing. Casa Batllo has an elegant façade  of curves, mask-like balcony railings, and wood-framed windows accented with colored glass. The building façade is embellished with a mosaic of colored pieces of glass and discs of ceramic tile.

 

Casa Batllo mask like balcony railings and colorful mosaic facade - unique design by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi

Casa Batllo mask like balcony railings and colorful mosaic façade

 

It was sometime around 7:30 and I saw people at the ticket window so I inquired about taking a tour. Ticket price was 21.50 euros and I opted for the Premium video guide for 3 extra euros so my total was 24.50 euros and worth every cent.

 

Casa Batllo video guide with augmented and virtual reality - enhance your tour of Gaudi's architecture and design

Casa Batllo video guide with augmented and virtual reality

 

The video guide features augmented and virtual reality depicting period decor – listen to the audio guide and hold up the device to show the video features while touring Casa Batllo. I thought it was a great addition to the audio guide and wish all historical sites offered this type of video guide on their tours.

 

Antoni Gaudi designed elaborate structures like Casa Batllo on Passeig de Gracia in central Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Casa Batllo curved doorway with stained glass

 

Antoni Gaudi was a genius! His designs considered the esthetic and ergonomic factors along with the structural and architectural elements. For instance the windows in the courtyard are more narrow near the top of the building because there is more light there whereas the lower floors have larger windows to allow more light to enter. Brilliant!

 

Casa Batllo upper courtyard dark tiles and smaller windows - designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi between 1904 - 1906

Casa Batllo upper courtyard dark tiles and smaller windows

 

The tiles in the courtyard are varied in color. Deep blue glazed tiles were utilized at the top of the courtyard and gradually changing to lighter blue and creamy white at the main floor.

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi refurbished the house for the Batllo family between 1904 and 1906 - Gracia neighborhood in Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Casa Batllo blue tiles gradually fading to white at bottom

 

Gaudi used darker tiles at the top of the building and fading to white at the bottom to allow for a more even distribution of sunlight throughout the courtyard.

 

Casa Batllo glazed tiles in brilliant blue and white - building refurbished by Antoni Gaudi between 1904 and 1906

Casa Batllo tiles vary from brilliant blue to white to distribute light evenly

 

Casa Batllo rooftop presents an entire gallery on it’s own with trencadis mosaic chimneys and a dragon.

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo rooftop dragon in the heart of Gracia district in Barcelona Spain - Catalonia region

Dragon and bulb on rooftop of Casa Batllo

 

Trencadis mosaic tile chimneys at Casa Batllo designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Passeig de Gracia in central Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Trencadis mosaic tile chimneys at Casa Batllo

 

The gorgeous terrace is elaborately designed with more trencadis mosaics.

 

Casa Batllo trencadis mosaic tile detail photo - celebrated Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is famous for his buildings in Barcelona Spain

Casa Batllo trencadis mosaic tile detail

 

Casa Batllo view of terraces from rooftop - beautiful gardens - trencadis mosaic tile - Antoni Gaudi

Casa Batllo view of terraces from rooftop – Casa Batllo terrace is bottom right

 

Looking up to the top of the building one can see the curved balcony along the top floor and Antoni Gaudi’s signature trencadis style mosaic designs.

 

Antoni Gaudi utilized trencadis - broken tile - mosaics often - Casa Batllo in central Barcelona Spain

Casa Batllo – top floor mosaic of trencadis style

 

Antoni Gaudi used various techniques to allow more light into the building and utilized arches for strength and aesthetics.

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi used arches and curves - enhancing the appearance - Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo arched hallway and vented lighting

 

Antoni Gaudi designed Casa Batllo with beauty and comfort in mind – air vents in the  baseboard could be opened or closed to control air circulation.

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi designed Casa Batllo with aesthetics and comfort in mind - air vents at baseboards

Casa Batllo air vents in baseboard

 

Casa Batllo visual guide with augmented and virtual reality - tours daily of Antoni Gaudi's design

Casa Batllo video guide – front room

 

Photo of Batllo family at Casa Batllo - designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi

Photo of Batllo family at Casa Batllo

 

I was thrilled with my tour of Casa Batllo and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Barcelona. I will definitely visit again during my next solo trip to Barcelona. Adios for now!

 

Susan on the balcony of Casa Batllo - designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Gracia district Barcelona

Susan Moore – Casa Batllo balcony and mosaic façade

 


Visitor information for Casa Batllo

Contact information

Address: Passeig de Gracia 43, Barcelona
Phone Number: +34 93 216 03 06

Hours

Daily 9AM – 9PM (last entrance at 8PM)

Admission Cost (as of March 2018)

  • €24.50 for adults
  • €21.50 for seniors (65+) students (with ID card) juniors (age 7 – 18)
  • FREE for children (under 7)
  • €15.00 for Catalonia residents

How to Get There

Metro: Passeig de Gracia (L2, L3 and L4). Buses H10, V15, 7, 22 and 24.

 

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Blue tiles and wood framed windows at Casa Batllo courtyard in Barcelona

 

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Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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  1. Photo Cache says:

    when I go back this fall I would definitely go inside this spectacular building.

  2. Roger Green says:

    The architecture is so curvy! Very sensual; I like it.
    ROG, ABCW

  3. magiceye says:

    Marvelous virtual tour!! Thank you!!

  4. Hazel says:

    That’s a stylish balcony. And the facade is just fabulous!

  5. Enjoyed my visit…thanks for sharing, the photos are terrific♪

  6. Vidhya Rao says:

    I was in Barcelona for a day and a half in the year 2011. We even had plans to visit this architecture marvell, but unfortunately the rains disturbed all our plans and had to miss this one. We did see Sagrada Famillia though…Thanks for the beautiful pics :)

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