A stone thrown into a pond full of bloomed lilies would produce the same effect as the front of La Casa Batlló, with its curvy surface covered with colourful circles of glazed ceramics and fragments of broken glass, whose layout was personally directed by Gaudí from the street. This facade has been compared with Monet's Water Lilies series.
The chance to renovate the facade, distribute the dividing walls and enlarge and lighten the courtyard of a building in 1875, in Passeig de Gràcia, gave Gaudí the opportunity to create one of his most poetic and inspired artistic compositions.
The top of the facade has both an organic and mythical feel, having taken the most extreme interpretations of St George's dragon as its inspiration. If it was ever necessary to define La Casa Battló, one could call it an architectural smile, an explosion of creative pleasure by an artist in full control of his abilities and style, free from any influence or school of thought.
This architectural work of Antoni Gaudí seduces the visitors with its extreme design. In every small corner they will discover something surprising, the visit includes the famous Planta Noble (the ancient residence of the Batlló family), the Attic (the ancient storage rooms and laundry rooms), the roof, the chimneys and the fabulous courtyard of lights (once a staircase for a neighbouring building).
In the year 2005, the building was declared by a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Paseo de Gràcia, 43, Barcelona.
L3 station Passeig de Gràcia.