Behind its modernist, dragon-like façade, lies a world of surprises and refined architectural details. Casa Batllo is one of the most important landmarks originated during the catalan modernist movement.
The architectural works of Gaudi are known for its extreme care for detail and design and the large repertoire of visual games and solutions conveyed. Casa Batllo is no exception .
The visit to the building includes the legendary floor where the Batllo family lived, the loft with the former storage rooms, the rooftop with its mythical chimneys resembling the spine of the famous dragon defeated by Sant Jordi, and the magnificent patio de luces ( the old neighbour staircase) . The visit concludes with the splendid foyer and main staircase.
The guided visit walks us through Gaudi´s fondness of metaphors, and nature representations, his way to stimulate the user´s senses and emotions. Catalan modernist movement flourished during the splendor of decorative arts and Gaudi´s architecture makes this strikingly evident by combining the use of enigmatic forms with vibrant colors and innovative new concepts.
Casa Batllo was opened to the public in 2002 to commemorate Gaudí´s international year. The wonderful restoration works that allow us to see it today as it was originally constructed were completed over the previous years.
Casa Batllo was awarded the Europa Nostra Prize for the best preservation of architectural heritage in 2004. Subsequently Casa Batlló was included in the Unesco World Heritage list in 2005.
Casa Batllo was built between 1904 and 1906 . It was a project destined for the textile industry entrepreneur Josep Batlló . The building was designed during a period of great artistic maturity of the brilliant architect . Among the many appeals of this building are the creative use of materials and colour , the refined artistic details and the sharp mastery of form and light
The architecture and design of Casa Batllo is a sample of the technical, structural and ornamental feats that still influence modern architecture today. Examples range from gaudinian hiperbolic paraboloids in the Oscar Neimeyer’s Brasilia Cathedral or in the light absorbing needle window in the Marcel Breuer New York Whitney Museum. Casa Batllo presents concepts of ventilation, large skylights of wrought iron which are of a hitherto unknown modernity.
As a whole, Casa Batllo expresses the great evocative power of the sea, naturalism, theatricality, carnival and magic. Gaudi’s creative freedom coincides with the emerging individuality principles of the 20th century which synchronizes perfectly with the values of modern Barcelona.