Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain

Background History on Casa Batlló

The Casa Batlló was commissioned by a wealthy aristocrat named Josep Batlló. The artist who renovated the original building was Antoni Guadi. The building was already built in 1877, but Josep Batlló asked Guadi to remodel it. Guadi remodeled the building during the years 1904 to 1906. The process took him approximately 2 years to complete.

Artists Statements

There are no direct statements about Casa Batlló from Guadi himself, many people have called his renovation of the building "Graceful, original, and brilliant. Guadi was inspired by many things while renovating the building, such as skulls and dragons. He also used a lot of color and different sized windows to capture light throughout the building. Antoni Guadi wanted to make the building pleasing to the eye, and thought people would rather live in a beautiful building, rather than a normal building. Gaudi didn't meet very many challenges along the way while remodeling Casa Batlló.

My Opinion of Casa Batlló

I think it was amazing how Antoni Gaudi took a normal apartment building, and made it into something so beautiful. He made it really fun to look at, and it would probably be really fun to live in. He made the building very unique by adding so many curves and bright colors. He also used a lot of broken pieces of stained glass that make it look really cool. Shaping the balconies like skulls was a really interesting idea, and overall the whole building is very unique and eye-catching. If I was an architect, I'd be very jealous of his work. I'm not an architect, and I'm STILL very jealous of his work. He was very creative, and it seemed like he was very ahead of his time in terms of architecture and design.
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