Casa Batlló is one of the most emblematic and recognized sites of Catalan modernist architecture. Located in the heart of Barcelona, this impressive structure designed by the brilliant architect Antoni Gaudí will dazzle you with its unique style and wealth of details, Hola Barcelona takes you there!
Casa Batlló is one of the most outstanding tourist attractions in Barcelona. Designed by the brilliant architect Antoni Gaudí, it has a unique style and richness in detail. The building is a mandatory stop on the route through the city for all lovers of art and architecture. It can be reached from the Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies stop, on the Blue and Red Routes of the Barcelona Bus Turístic.
In this article, we will briefly recount the history, architecture and highlights of this fascinating work.
History and architecture
Casa Batlló was built between 1904 and 1906. Josep Batlló, a wealthy local businessman who owned the building, entrusted the remodeling work to Antoni Gaudí, who at that time was already a renowned architect and who worked in different Projects.
After passing through the hands of different owners, in 1993 it was acquired by the Bernat family, restoring the building and opening it commercially to the public.
Casa Batlló features an imposing undulating façade, which is made of sandstone from Montjuïc and covered with brightly colored ceramic 'trencadís', giving it a magical appearance.
Elements of the building include the outstanding bone-shaped columns or the wrought iron railings with organic shapes. Widely recognized and celebrated is its famous 'trencadís', which clads the building's façade with ceramic pieces of different colored crystals. This not only provides an impressive visual effect, but also has a symbolic meaning.
Inside Casa Batlló
The façade of the building is spectacular, but also the interior. With a combination of warm colors and surprising designs, the location of the elements and the natural light that fills its corridors, make up a magical postcard.
The lobby, the Noble Floor, the Celobert, the interior garden, the attic and the roof, are the spaces that make up this dream building that amazes its visitors. Aesthetics and utility blend in every area of the building, from the lobby to the rooftop.
Recognition and tourism
Casa Batlló is one of Barcelona's most popular tourist attractions. After years of being a private residence, when the building was opened to the public allowing visitors to discover the interior and admire Gaudí's unique architecture, it quickly gained a great deal of tourist notoriety.
Casa Batlló was declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1969, and also internationally recognized, forming part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. It has been praised for its cultural and artistic importance and is a destination that captivates all those who visit it, offering an unforgettable experience of the genius of the figure of Antoni Gaudí and the modernist era it represents.
Exceptionally, Casa Batlló offers other experiences to live and admire its beauty from another perspective. This is the case of the mapping made by the digital artist Refik Anadol with the striking work "Living Architecture" on the façade, which was enjoyed by more than 60,000 people who were captivated by digital art.
Another unmissable date to visit or stroll around Casa Batlló is on the day of Sant Jordi. From April 21 until the night of April 23, the façade of the Casa Batlló is decorated with thousands of handmade flowers that decorate the building forming a postcard of unparalleled beauty.
But the plans do not end here; the visit to Casa Batlló can also be completed with an immersive visit that, through virtual and amplified reality, allows you to enter Gaudí's mind. This technological and sensory experience offers an innovative and unique way to explore Gaudí's work and better understand his creative vision.