Now there are many reasons why one could visit Barcelona – football, beaches, nightlife but if you get stuck with an Architect (like I was!! ) then be prepared for days of mind blowing experience as you walk in and out different buildings of Gaudi in Barcelona.
If you are sightseeing Gaudi's building from the rooftop of an open air tourist bus, my guess is, by the time you turn to see the Casa Batllo building you would have missed it. Because its among so many residential houses on that street its hard to see what the fuss is all about (Its just one more of Gaudi's building!!??!!)
It takes time and little bit of understanding to appreciate Gaudi's works, a glance is just not enough!
One of the many building that has Gaudi’s influence, is the Casa Batllo in Passeig de Gracia. It was built in 1877 but in 1904 Gaudi reformed the building for a wealthy family and it was used as a private residence. It has been recognized as a UNSECO world heritage site since 2005.
The building is now a popular tourist attraction for Gaudi fans and architectural students. Starting right from the entrance, balcony, staircase, ceiling, doors every detail has been thought out and designed by Gaudi to take you into a world of underwater or perhaps a world of myriad colours and shapes inspired by nature.
Like the chimney inspired by a mushroom
Like the top façade which looks like scales of colorful fish
Like the railing of the staircase which resembles a backbone of a vertebrate
The list goes on and what’s beautiful is the combination of unique design with functionality.
Some more unique features are
The typhoon effect on the ceiling
The parabolic arches of the attic
And yet again by the time you reach the rooftop you are left reeling!
As you walk out, you are sure to stand back and stare at the building which when built was known as 'House of Bones' by the local residents.
The building which was built to serve as a residential home, is over 100 years old and yet even today people flock to see it and it manages to capture visitors attention and makes you think about Gaudi's insight!
• There are long lines at the entrance of architectural students and Gaudi fans.
• There is an entrance ticket and the audio tour is additional (would definitely recommend the audio tour, it gives the story behind every aspect of the building).
• If your using the hop on hop off bus - With the city map there are various discount coupons on admission tickets, do not forget to use them!
• It took us over 2 hours to see the entire building, so again plan well and wear comfortable walking shoes.