Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo is a great building designed by Antoni Gaudi. From the outside the façade of Casa Batllo looks like it has been made from bones and skulls; however the truth is that the skulls are balconies and the bones are supporting pillars.   

Gaudi used colours and shapes found in marine life as inspiration for his creativity in this building. 

The building was designed for Josep Battlo, a wealthy aristocrat as an upmarket home. He lived in the lower two floors with his family whilst renting the upper apartments.

The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones). The building looks very remarkable, which can only be identified as Modernism or Art Nouveau. 

 It is evident that Gaudi's objectives in regards to this fabulous building was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.  

A belief about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turrent and cross represents the lance of Saint George, who is the patron saint of Catalonia, which has been plunged into the back of the dragon. 

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