Barcelona

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo is a famous building in the heart of Barcelona that was designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. The building is considered a masterpiece of modernist art (as is much of Gaudi’s work in the city) and is a favourite stop on the ‘Gaudi’ trail. This vivid expression of modern art makes use of colour and shape to ensure the building stands out from all of its surroundings which is exactly what Gaudi was hired to do so we’d call it a budding success!

History

In 1877 a house was built in the centre of Barcelona on the corner of Passeig de Gracia and Carrer d’Arago, by 1900 the house was purchased by Josep Batllo, a well-known textile industrialist and popular figure in Barcelona and in 1904 Josep hired local architect Antoni Gaudi to re-design the house entirely. Thus was born the Casa Batllo

Design

Gaudi was given a design brief which stated that the building should look irregular when compared to the surrounding architecture. With that in mind, and in true Gaudi style, Antoni set to fixing thousands of pieces of colourful mosaics to the facade of the building. Today it’s considered to be a one-of-a-kind-style that can be admired from inside and out on a tour with a local guide.