From the exterior, the façade of Casa Batlló appears to have been constructed from the bones of giant sea creatures.
Marine life as an inspiration
Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí infused this creation with iridescent colours and familiar shapes found most often beneath the sea. Marine life was the inspiration for this stunning work of architectural, which can be seen quite clearly in the colours that feature in the façade – colours very similar to those found in natural coral.
Gaudí designed this staggering building for a gentleman called Josep Batlló, a very wealthy aristocrat. Batlló and his family lived in the lower two floors of the building whilst the upper floors were rented out as apartments (pisos) to the general public.
Casa Batlló is a stunning piece of work – one of the most unique buildings in the world, and is an absolute must-see on your forthcoming visit to Barcelona.
If you want to do more than just hover outside in a state of awe and take photos of the façade like everyone else, then audio guides are available from the foyer, which will talk you through the minutiae of each of the splendid rooms.
Attention will be given to Gaudí’s specifications; how and why he decided to erect a building with different window sizes – to ensure uniform lighting in every room and on every floor of the building. The audio tour provides many fascinating insights into this most famous of architects and his marine influences whilst designing this house.
Passeig de Gràcia, 43
Nearest metro stop: Passeig de Gràcia (Green Line, L3)
Alight the metro and be sure to take the Calle Aragó-Rambla Catalunya exit.
Entrance Fee: €21.50 per adult which includes an audio guide. Various languages available.