Of course, thinking about Barcelona we cannot focus solely on the Sagrada Família! Gaudi was a master himself and there is much more to know about him and his works or rather, pieces of art! For example, ‘Casa Batlló’ is an architectural gem that was built in 1887.
Its location, a commercially significant street, Passeig de Graçia, in Barcelona, is an amazing place just in the heart of the city. There are a lot of other important monuments there as well! The building was bought by the wealthy Batlló family, who considered the location of the building more important than the unconventional and, perhaps, impractical design of the house. The original design didn’t display any special characteristics of Casa Batlló, yet in 1904 Josep Batlló asked Gaudí to redesign the building – he wanted to have a unique house that no other member of the Batlló family would be able to replicate. At first, Mr. Batlló wanted the whole house to be demolished and rebuilt, but Gaudí managed to convince him this was not necessary and explained that just refurbishing would be enough. Casa Batlló and Gaudí’s work was completed in 1906.
The design follows the Catalan modernist style, a well-recognizable feature of Antoni Gaudí, and it has many organic and skeletal qualities – Casa Batlló is also known as ‘Casa dels Ossos’ (House of Bones) amongst the locals. Both the façade and the interior of the building are spectacular examples of Gaudí’s architectural vision creating organic, non-linear lines and harmoniously integrated sections displayed both in the interior and exterior of Casa Batlló. It is absolutely breath-taking.
It’s important to note that the house was kept in the Batlló family up until 1954, when an insurance company, ‘Seguros Iberia’, bought it to be used as their office space. Well, what can I say? I guess that is how business works. Yet, the company decided to make several refurbishments, including renovating the balconies at the façade and the interior rooms of the building, Nowadays, many important celebrations take place here. And, I have to admit, it is an amazing building with a great history. No doubt about that!