photo of Casa Batllˇ by Antoni GaudÝ i Cornet in Barcelona, Eixample district

Casa Batllˇ

 Barcelona, Eixample district

 Antoni GaudÝ i Cornet

Built in the year 1877 and remodelled in the years 1904ľ1906 by Antoni GaudÝ and Josep Maria Jujol, Casa Batllˇ is located at Passeig de GrÓcia 43, in the Eixample district of Barcelona. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.

The building looks very remarkable, like everything GaudÝ designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.

It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the fašade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadÝs) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.

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