When, at the of 1905 Josep Bayó Font was finishing the decoration of the Batlló family residence for Milà, he was visited by Pere Milà Camps. Bayó showed him the flat and on bidding farewell, Milà gave him a pat on the back, saying, “Now we must star on my house on the corners of Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer Provença and I want it in stone but vith the joints gilded, something that has never been done before”. It is true that Gaudí built Casa Milà, called the La Pedrera, or the quarry, with stone, but the gilded joints were no more than a frivolity of the stylish client.
On the 2 February 1906 Gaudí signed the project contract for the house of his new client and began his second big civil work in the stately Barcelona avenue. According to José Bayó, an eyewitness, Gaudí put his fingers in the hexagonal wax model of the paving stones, which werw made on the site of Casa Batlló itself. The piece of hydraulic mosaic in relief and of a pale green colour draws, when seven units are pieced together, a triple drawing representing an algae (Sargassum species), a snail (cephalopod of the Ammonites family) and a sea star (Equinodermus, of the Ophiroideus family). Pere Milà Camps married Pilar Segimon Artells, a lady born in Reusand widow of a rich indiano, a Spaniard who returned to Spainhaving made his fortune in Latin America. The lady was not keen on Gaudi’s ideas, but to keep her husband happy, she lived in the first floor flat of La Pedrera without complaining but, on Gaudi’s death, she changed the decoration for another Louis XVI style, more to her taste. Continue reading “La Pedrera Barcelona – Spain“
In 1899 Eusebi Güell bought some land in the town of Gràcia, in the area of the area of the Salut district, a piece of land known as the Can Muntaner de Dalt as well as the Bald Mountain, the name given to it by the Hieronymite monks from the monastery in Val d’Hebró in memory of Golgotha, the place where Christ was crucified. Continue reading “Park Guell – Barcelona – Spain“
In the high of the Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona the widow of Jaume Figueras had a piece of land on which stood some ruins of what was called the Royal Palace of Bellesguard, a country house ordered to be built by King Marti I of the Crown of Aragon in 1410 and which he gave the name Bellesguard (beautiful view in English) at the request of his secretary, the poet Bernat Metge.
This is the palace where King Martí I married his second wife Margarida de Prades, a wedding officiated by the antipope Benedict XIII. For this historical reason Gaudi conceived a building inspired by late Catalan Gothic. Continue reading “Bellesguard Tower-Barcelona-Spain“
In Carrer Casp in Barcelona, Gaudi built a house of flats between party walls for the textile manufacturer Pere Màrtir Calvet. The building has facade facing the street made entirely of sandstone from Montjuïc, with balconies of flagstones sculpted with numerous items of relief work and a complex gallery on the first floor with relief work that represents mushrooms, since the owner was a mycologist and, at the top the horn of Amalthea overflowing with fruit. Continue reading “Casa Calvet – Barcelona – Spain“
His palace completed, Eusebi Güell entrusted Gaudi with the construction of a building for the Guell Bodegas, on the Garraf coast, south of Barcelona. It is a rocky, wild area overlooking the Mediterranean Sea where there had been a building used as a bodega, which was owned by the Cathedral Chapter of Barcelona. Continue reading “Guell Bodegas – Sitges – Spain“