Casa Batllo is a modernist house that was created by Antoni Gaudi. It is considered to be one of his masterpieces. The design is viewed by many to be quite radical with its daring colors, modernist style and an intriguing use of light. This building is one of the top places to visit in Barcelona. It's located right in the center of the Paseo de Gracia.
Casa Batllo - A Showcase of True Creative Freedom
This building was first built between 1875-1877, and Gaudi worked on it between 1904-1906 at the request of Josep Batllo. This wealthy textile industrialist greatly admired Gaudi's work. This house only recently opened to the public in 2002. This year was also the International Year of Gaudi.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the year that Antoni Gaudi was born, the Barcelona Municipal Government launched this celebration of the architect's Barcelona architecture. At the time, the Queen inaugurated the International Year of Gaudi, making it official. Authorities made sure that the opening of the house coincided perfectly.
Just three years later, the building was included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2004, the Battlo house received the Europa Nostra prize that recognizes the best conservation of architectural heritage. This building is a perfect example of "Modernisme," and Antoni Gaudi is clearly the leader of this movement.
For years, restoration work was being done to reveal the true splendor of the house. The facade is made from a mosaic of glass pieces and ceramics. Other materials were used including stone, wood, glass, and iron. When choosing materials, Gaudi clearly put in a great deal of thought, planning, and creativity.
You will find a fascinating level of detail on both the inside and outside of the building. Many say that the colors on the building remind them of a coral reef in the ocean.
Paseo de Gracia and Barcelona Architecture
The famous block in Paseo de Gracia where the Batllo building is located is called "La Manzana de la Discordia" or the Block of Discord. This name is due to the fact that there is such a striking difference in styles between the various architects.
Casa Batllo is on the same street as other important places to visit in Barcelona such as Casa Lleo Morera and Casa Amatller. The Barcelona Bus Turistic conveniently stops right at this attraction. While the admission to the house can add up, Barcelona Budget provides occasional discounts to a walking tour showcasing Modernism in the Eixample district.
In addition to seeing the house, this tour will take you to other impressive works of Barcelona architecture including Casa Mila, which is another work by Antoni Gaudi.
During this tour, you will learn a great deal about this influential artistic movement, and you will be amazed at the diversity of buildings in Paseo de Gracia.