The House of Bones Casa Batllo


Casa Batllo, Barcelona in HDR:: Photo Credit: MorBCN

Restored and remodeled by the Spanish modernist architect Antoni Gaudi in the years 1905–1907, Casa Batllo is now one the most overlooked buildings by the tourists who visit Barcelona.Although Casa Batllo is a museum now, Gaudi designed it for for a wealthy Barcelona Aristocrat.
The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality.

Casa Batllo building, Barcelona :: Photo Credit: Fran Barrero

Close up of Casa Batllo chimney :: Photo Credit: WikiMedia

Casa Batllo’s roof has been compared to a reptilian creature, the backbone of a gigantic dinosaur, the dragon killed by St. George (Sant Jordi being the patron saint of Catalan).

Casa Batllo roof :: Photo Credit: Klaus Dolle

It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the facade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues.

Casa Batllo window, Barcelona :: Photo Credit: WikiMedia

Casa Batllo arched roof :: Photo Credit: WikiMedia

Inside Caso Batllo :: Photo Credit: (Erik)

Inside Caso Batllo :: Photo Credit: acastellano

Inside Caso Batllo :: Photo Credit: 3dom

Window detail of Caso Batllo building :: Photo Credit: shapeshift

Casa Batllo arched roof and complex chimney detailing :: Photo Credit: WikiMedia

From the balconies resembling the bones of animals to the scale like surface of the front facade, the building is a tour de force of an artist reaching the peak of his powers. At night the floodlit facade has an iridescence like the scales of a fish. This polychromic finish is known as trencadís.

Caso Batllo lobby :: Photo Credit: Kipourax

Caso Batllo: Spiral Design :: Photo Credit: 3dom

Caso Batllo: Spiral Design :: Photo Credit: Mini Anna

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