Casa Batlló – Another Gaudí building in Passeig de Gràcia
Casa Batlló has its origin when the rich businessman Josep Batlló decided to move to its own building in Barcelona’s main street, Passeig de Gràcia. With this idea in mind, he decided to reform an already existing building attached to some other really prominent buildings. A good friend of Batlló, Milà, recommended the architect as he had done another building for him in the same street, Casa Milà. With all this take into account, his choice was clear: he assigned the reform to the modernisme master, Gaudí.
Gaudí decided to add another level to the house and change completely the interiors of the house. He had some troubles with the city council (as we had many times before) as he started the work without the city council’s permit. The work took place between the years 1904 and 1906. The Batlló couple lived there until they both died, and then their sons sold the family house.
A Gaudí’s mature oeuvre
The house was built when Gaudí was 54 years old, and by that time he had found his own architectural style, far from trends and influences of its time. Gaudí had in mind the functionality of this house (where many people would live) and put this above any other aspect (ornamentation included). That’s why he gave so much importance to light and air flow; these were the reasons behind the colocation of a central patio. The building has 8 floors all built with local materials as stone from the Montjuïc mountain, wood and rajoles hidrauliques – traditional Catalan floor tiles.
Casa Batlló pictures
How to get to Casa Batlló
🚇 By metro
- Passeig de Gràcia stop from lines L2, L3 y L4
🚌 By bus
- Buses that stop there are numbers: H10, V15, 7, 22 y 24.
- Barcelona Hop on Hop off bus: routes north & south, stop Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies