Converted into one of the great symbols of Modernist art, the Casa Batlló is one of Gaudí's most original works. Demonstrating a great creative maturity and an overflowing imagination, the architect depicted his own special symbolic universe in this project, whose singular structure is inspired by the forms of nature.
Located on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, in an exclusive block known as the Manzana de Discordia, Gaudí's Casa Batlló was constructed between 1904 and 1906. The work was commissioned by the powerful textile businessman Josep Batlló, who contracted Gaudí to design a house that would spark the imagination of the bourgeoisie of the time. Using all his ingenuity, the architect transformed the simple residential building into a masterpiece of modernist architecture.
The house by Gaudí incited all kinds of interpretations owing to its original appearance. Provided with vibrant colours thanks to the original use of trencadís work, the façade of Casa Batlló has been compared to the Impressionist compositions of painters such as Claude Monet. Likewise, some have interpreted the balconies' shapes as carnival masks and skulls, while the sinuous roof reminds of the dragon from the legend of Saint George, the Patron Saint of Catalonia.
The interior of Casa Batlló also stands out for its power of suggestion. Gaudí drew on the maximum aesthetic potential of natural illumination and construction materials to transform the common spaces of the building into a fascinating recreation of the ocean world. As for the different rooms of the property used by the Batlló family they are full of organic style details that harmonise with the design of the rest of the house, combining beauty and functionalism.
These books dedicated to Casa Batlló will allow you to discover all the details of one of the most fascinating buildings of Gaudí. Whilst reading its pages you will be able to find out about the origins of the project, Gaudí's sources of inspiration and the architectonic curiosities of a building of great artistic value, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2005.