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GaudÝ: BATLLË HOUSE

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 On Batllˇ House:  Basic information   History   Description   Artists and collaborators   Images: Exteriors Interiors Roof
 Handicapped accessibility
 Sources and additional information:  Links   Bibliography   Books on Batllˇ House   Other works of GaudÝ
 
GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Fašade
Basic information:
Location:    Passeig de Gracia, 43     Barcelona
Qualification:
  xxxxx  (5 on 5)
Present condition: Outside / Inside: Excellent 
How to go to:
  Buses: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28
                       Metro:  L2, L3, L4 (Passeig de GrÓcia)
Visits and timing: Private owned building you can visit Mondays to Sundays from 9 to 20 h. (the timing may be changed following the availability of lounges). It is possible to visit the ground and first floors (former residence of Batllˇ family), the loft and the roof. 
Timetables, prices and other information may change, it is advised to check beforehand.
Fees:
Ľ The price includes an audio guide in 8 different languages- (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish,  Catalan, Japanese and Chinese).
Ľ Complete visit: Individual: 16'50 Euros.
Ľ Pensioners, students,  groups of 20 or more persons, Barcelona Card and Turistic Bus, Ruta del Modernisme, Muse˛legs de Catalunya and filials, Barcelona Walking Tour, 20% discount wich is: 13,20 Euros per person. For members of ONCE (Blind organization) companion free entrance
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For visitors through Minicard and Barcelona Libraries it is a discount of 15% on individual fees.
Ľ For visitors through Minicard it is a discount of 10% on individual fees.
Available guidebooks: It is possible to buy in the same building a guide on Casa Batllˇ edited by Triangle Postals and titled "Casa Batllˇ-GaudÝ", text in English, French, Spanish and Catalan by Juan JosÚ Lahuerta and photos of Pere Vivas and Ricard Pla - including a CD -, and also some other books and gifts on the house.
Handicapped accessibility: All the ground floor does not have unevenness and it is at the same street level. To visit the 1rst. floor it is a lift assuring the accessibility for wheelchairs. The uper lofts are also accessible by lift, but the roof and other outbuildings at the same level aren't.
Information:
Phone: (34) 93 216 03 06
Fax: (34) 93 488 30 90
E-mail:
infovisites@casabatllo.cat
Web: www.casabatllo.cat
Ruta del Modernisme
  


History: 
The present Casa Batllˇ, is the result of a total refurbishment of an old previous conventional house built in 1877.
GaudÝ was commissioned by the owner Josep Batllˇ i Casanovas to totally renew the old building. On that base, GaudÝ projected this astonishing house, one of the most fancy and "special" of Barcelona.
The project of the architect Antoni GaudÝ i Cornet of 1904 was strongly discussed by municipal authorities due to a lot of elements of the design of GaudÝ over the bylaws standards. 
The changes made by GaudÝ on the old building were radical and affect all the building. In fact the building of GaudÝ is a new building. 
GaudÝ added a gallery, the balconies and the polychrome ceramics. 
Inside, the spaces were totally reorganized in order to obtain in it more natural light (the courtyard is covered with blue ceramic progressively brighten to assure the same or similar light on top and on ground) and ventilation. GaudÝ also added two floors to the building.
Outside, GaudÝ carried out one of the most impressive and brilliant urban fašades of the world. He used for it the typical constructive elements of the Modernisme (Catalan Art Nouveau) as the ceramics, the stone and the iron forged. The facade is impressive so much if is contemplated during the day as during the night, under a special lighting. 

A lot of prestigious artists had been working in it under GaudÝ instructions (following Permanyer), specially: the architects Josep Maria Jujol and Joan Rubiˇ i Bellver on fašade, the brothers Badia in iron, the carpenters Casas i Bardes, SebastiÓ Ribˇ made the ceramics and the Tallers PelegrÝ the glass cases - see GaudÝ collaborators -.
Awarded as one of the three best buildings of the year 1906 by the Barcelona city Council.

Description:
The fašade covered by mosaics of splendid colors
is perhaps the most suggestive, creative and original of the city of Barcelona.
The balconies remember pieces of skulls with its eyes and mouth.
The columns of first floor look like human bones.

The roof decorated with polychrome ceramics of brilliant colors is crowned by a tower with the typical GaudÝ four branches cross.
The design of that roof is one of the most characteristics of GaudÝ for urban buildings.
The incredible imagination it shows, remember La Pedrera, located in the same avenue.
The interior is also very impressive showing various decorative elements as furniture, glasses, forged iron elements, fireplaces, etc.
GaudÝ put a special attention on the first floor, the design of the roofs is very brilliant and the decoration show a big originality.

Artists and collaborators: 
 

Architects and artists

Craftsman

 Architects   Josep Maria Jujol i Gibert
                    Joan Rubiˇ i Bellver 
                    Josep Canaleta i Cuadras
                    DomŔnec Sugra˝es i Gras
 Builder                     Josep Bayˇ i Font
 
Carpenters (Furniture)  Casas i BardÚs 
 
Ceramics                  SebastiÓ Ribˇ 
                                 
Pujol i Bausis
 
Forged iron              Germans BadÝa 
 
Glasses                     Tallers PelegrÝ
 Sculptors    Joan Beltran
                    Josep Llimona i Bruguera 
                    Carles ManÝ i Roig
                    Joan Matamala i Flotats
                    Llorenš Matamala i Pinyol

Architects Jujol and Rubiˇ participated in the decoration, being the Canaleta and Sugra˝es works oriented to the structure. About sculptors work, it was basicaly devoted to the chapel of the house, essentially the one of Llimona, author of the magnicent images of the altarpiece.

Images:

Outside: Front fašade

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Gallery GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Gallery GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Balconies
Gallery

 

Gallery

 

Balconies

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, the top from the street GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Roof  
Top fašade

 

The roof

 

 
GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Gallery column GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Gallery column GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Top fašade GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Top fašade detail
Columns details  * Top fašade ceramic details  *


Outside: Back Fašade and terrace  *

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Back fašade GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Back terrace and fašade GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Top of back fašade GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, gratings around back terrace

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Ceramic in back terrace GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Gratings GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Grating

Inside:  *

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ,  Interior, pitcher

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Stair knob

 

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Stair

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Stair banisters

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Stairs

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Landing

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Fireplace

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Fireplace detail

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Main lounge

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, window

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Door decoration

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Gallery columns

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Door decoration

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Ceiling

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, a corner on first floor

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Passage to the dinning room

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Dinning room

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Ceiling

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Lamp

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Peephole

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Skylight GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Knob GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Handle  

Courtyard and Main staircase:  *

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Courtyard GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Courtyard GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Courtyard GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Interior, Stairs detail

Loft:  *

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Roof and flat roof: *

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Roof

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Roof and chimneys

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Back sido of roof

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Roof back side

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ, Roof top

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Four branches cross

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllˇ: Four branches cross detail

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Chimneys detail

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Roof and chimneys

 

GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Chimneys detail

 

 GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Chimneys      GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Chimneys      GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Chimneys      GaudÝ: Casa Batllo, Chimneys

Images with published under the authorization of Casa Batllˇ

 

Selected LINKS to other Sites on Casa Batllˇ

http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Casa_Batllo.html  Large information on Casa Batllˇ 
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/pix/bar/cb/  Images on Casa Batllˇ 
 
 

Specific Bibliography on Casa Batllˇ

Title of the book Author Published by Year
Guia del Modernisme a l'Eixample Bancells, Consol Edicions de Nou Art Thor 1990
GaudÝ Bassegoda Nonell, J. Edicions de Nou Art Thor 1986
GaudÝ l'home i l'obra Bergos, J / Llimargas, M Lunwerg 1999
El Quadrat d'Or. Centre de la Barcelona modernista Garcia-Espuche, A OCSA-Lunwerg 1990
Arquitectura modernista en Catalu˝a Lacuesta,R / Gonzalez,A Editorial Gustavo Gili 1990
Casa Batllˇ - GaudÝ  Lahuerta, J.J. / PlÓ R. and Vivas P. Triangle Postals  
Un passeig per la Barcelona modernista Permanyer, Ll / Levick,M. Edicions Poligrafa 1998
Antoni GaudÝ Zerbst, R Taschen 1985
 
Books on Batllˇ House

 


 
 
Other works of GaudÝ: 
In Barcelona: Bellesguard  Eduard Calvet House   Batllˇ House  Vicens House  Santa Teresa School  Sagrada FamÝlia Schools  La Pedrera  GŘell Pavilions  GŘell Palace  Park GŘell  Sagrada FamÝlia  Miralles Property Fence 
In La Pobla de Lillet:  CatllarÓs Villa  Artigas Gardens
In Matarˇ: 
Workers Cooperative building (attributed)
In Montserrat:  Monumental Rosary path (1st mystery of Glory)
In Santa Coloma de Cervellˇ:  Col˛nia GŘell Crypt
In Garraf (Sitges):  Garraf Cellars
Out of Catalonia:  Botines House (Leˇn)  El Capricho (Comillas)  Episcopal Palace (Astorga)

 

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