House of Bones – Barcelona, Spain Trip #6

December 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Posted in itchy backside | 6 Comments
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Just a short walking distance from La Pedrera brought Itchyfingers to another work of Antoni Gaudi – Casa Batlló. It is actually a building restored by Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodelled in the years 1904–1906. The building was designed for Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat, as an upmarket home. Señor Batlló lived in the lower two floors with his family and the upper floors were rented out as apartments.

Wow!!! So beautiful! Look at the cute skull balconies! They look like masks too!
Do the pillars look like bones? In fact, the local name for the building is
Casa dels ossos, or House of Bones, due to this skeletal organic quality!

One of the first things at the stairway that welcomed visitors once we stepped in.
The entrance hall used to be the private access to the Batlló family residence

This modernistic staircase stood out due to its organic appearance,
like the backbone of some huge animal

The Noble Floor, the largest apartment in the building, was the former
residence of the Batlló family. I love the mushroom-shaped fireplace! 

An ergonomically designed doorknob 

The Batlló family

The beautiful window with spectacular views onto Passeig de Gràcia

The stained glass looked like shells… 

Ventilation on the window

I found the effect of light on the ceiling particularly intriguing here. In line
with the oceanic theme of the building, the ceiling was swirled like a whirlpool

The side window and the grand chandelier

Another lovely, glowing lamp

A lovely private courtyard with direct access from the Noble Floor. Too bad
it was still drizzling…If you have not noticed it yet, the windows got smaller
the higher they go. Lower floors tend to get lesser light penetration, hence they
were made bigger

Mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles. These were also found on the facade
of Casa Batlló


A cute model of the Casa Batlló 

As usual, Itchyfingers left our marks whenever there was a guest book
around…. 8) It was there where we saw an old but working lift

The light well at the inner courtyard was the core of the house, and the space
which allowed
 light and air to pervade the entire building

It was decorated with more than 15,000 tiles of different shades of blue,
which drew inspiration from the sea. I felt like I was inside a submarine! 😀

The old lift. You need to manually open the metal gate and the wooden
door in order to use it…

Time for a ride! I took it twice! 😀

Finally we got to the roof top with the colourful chimneys and the dragon’s

It was still drizzling….

The arched roof looked like the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common
theory about the building is that “the rounded feature to the left of centre,
terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George 
(patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudi’s home), which has been plunged into the
back of the dragon.”

A closer look at the tiles

The other side of the dragon’s back with scales…

The loft is a service area constructed from catenary arches. The structure is
rather unusual in that it is independent from the rest of the house

Taking the stairs down…Felt as though you were in an underwater palace…

Another look up the light well…. 

Take a look again at the facade to appreciate its beauty one more time. 
This was where we were at the big window of the Noble Floor

While you are there, don’t forget to look to your left for Casa Amatller, another
modernist building. It is privately owned so its interior cannot be visited
but there are temporary exhibitions at the main entrance 

The admission charge (including audio guide) of €18,15  (about SGD$31) to Casa Batlló is higher than Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera, especially when it is much smaller. But Casa Batlló is self-financing and does not benefit from any public or private subsidies. With its unique design, Itchyfingers will still recommend a visit to Casa Batlló! Do try to come earlier to avoid the queue. 🙂

Also see related posts:
> The Quarry – Barcelona, Spain Trip #5
A Visit to the Market – Barcelona, Spain Trip #4
A Bird’s Eye View – Barcelona, Spain Trip #3 
Inside the Construction Site- Barcelona, Spain Trip #2 
The World’s Most Beautiful Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #1 



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  1. Gaudi is unreal. Every time I look at pictures of his work, I get amazed.
    Thank you for sharing these!

    • Yes, Gaudi is simply amazing! Especially for his time!

  2. Great pictures that reminded me of my visit there in 2006 – Thanks!

    • Thank you for visiting Itchyfingers! 😀

  3. Fantastic photos! I hope I can visit this place when I go to Spain next January…I also share my photos on here…

    • Thank you! Nice blog you have there too!

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