Casa Batlló - Barcelona - Spain

Casa Batllo Barcelona main facade
A simple reform of the facade, new distribution of the partition walls and an enlargement of the well of a building originally built in 1875, gave Gaudí the chance to undertake one of his most poetic and inspired artistic compositions. A stone thrown into a pond full of flowering water lilies would produce the same effect as that of the main facade of Casa Batllo, of an undulating surface covered with polychrome circles of glazed ceramics and different colored fragments of broken glass, the exact position of which Gaudí personally oversaw from the street.

Private strairs with form of a vertebrate spineThe double attic that culminates the facade has a twofold character: animalistic and legendary, having supplied people’s imaginations with the most outrageous interpretations of a supposed dragon fighting Saint George, although the Saint cannot be seen anywhere around, while in a small cylindrical tower which hides a spiral staircase, the anagrams are clearly seen of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in ivory-coloured  glazed ceramic, with the special Gaudian calligraphy, arranged helicoidally below a four-armed cross in Mallorca ceramics. The symbol is therefore of the Holy Family rather than Saint George. Continue reading “Casa Batlló – Barcelona – Spain

Casa Calvet - Barcelona - Spain

Casa Calvet Street Facade In Barcelona

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

Casa Botines - León - Spain

Casa Botines Front Facade Plaza de San Marcelo

At the same time as the Episcopal Palace of Astorga was being built, Gaudi received the commission for the project for a house to let in the Plaza de San Marcelo in León for Messrs. Fernández and Andrés who had a textile business inherited from Juan Homs Botinàs. The house was called Botines (1891-1892) due to the deformation of the surname of the Catalan trader established in León.

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Casa Vicens - Spain Barcelona

Casa Vicens – Barcelona – Spain

Gaudi's casa vinces BarcelonaCasa Vicens is in Carrer Carolines. The main Façade had a gallery (now modified) that was closed by some large hinged wooden shutters, and in the centre was placed an old Renaissance basin with a type of metallic spider`s web, over which the water splashed and, with the sun, divided up into the colours of the rainbow. Opposite this façade he built the waterfall that was demolished in 1946. Continue reading “Casa Vicens – Barcelona – Spain