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Casa Batlló

La Casa Batlló es un edificio obra del arquitecto Antoni Gaudí, máximo representante del modernismo catalán. Se trata de una remodelación integral de un edificio previamente existente en el solar, obra de Emili Sala Cortés. Está situado en el número 43 del Paseo de Gracia (en catalán Passeig de Gràcia) de Barcelona, la ancha avenida que atraviesa el barrio modernista del Ensanche (Eixample), en la llamada Manzana de la discordia (L'Illa de la Discòrdia), porque alberga además de este edificio otras obras de arquitectos modernistas: la casa Amatller, que colinda con la de Gaudí, obra de Josep Puig i Cadafalch; la Casa Lleó Morera, obra de Lluís Domènech i Montaner; y la Casa Miralles, de Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia. La construcción se realizó entre los años 1904 y 1906.

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Casa Batlló (pronounced [ˈkazə bəʎˈʎo, bədˈʎo] in Catalan), is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodelled in the years 1905–1907; located at 43, Passeig de Gràcia (passeig is Catalan for promenade or avenue), part of the Illa de la Discòrdia in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia.

 

The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.

 

The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.

 

It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to 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 sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.

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