Fabulous Gaudi Interiors – Casa Batllo

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I loved Casa Batlló as soon as I saw it. All those lovely mauves and blues and pinks on the façade. I’m a romantic at heart and my favourite painters are the impressionists and art deco artists such as Mucha and the Nancy school. The inside has soft curves and beautifully coloured ceramics. This is Gaudi without being gaudy. To get a really good idea of the façade, click on the official website.

One of the beautiful staircases

One of the beautiful staircases

I loved the lovely wooden doors with their curved shapes and lead lights.

Door and window detail

Top of double doors

Top of double doors 

Like Guell Palace, Casa Batlló also has a gallery overlooking the street below.

Front gallery overlooking the street

 

 

Front gallery overlooking the street

This wood stove and benches must have been a favourite sitting area.

The lovely wood stove in its alcove

 

The lovely wood stove in its alcove

The Battló’s had five children and I’m sure they all loved the appartment, particularly the cobalt-blue tiled inside stairwell which can be seen from the different rooms built around it.

Batllo family

Batllo family

Gaudi extended the inner courtyard to add more light and ventilate the rooms. It is big enough to take a lift. The azulejos tiling consists of 5 different shades that get darker as you go up the stairs to achieve a uniform colour. The darker tiles, which are closer to the roof, reflect less light, while the white tiles reflect more.

The stairwell looking up to the skylight

The stairwell looking up to the skylightStairwell wall

Stairwell wall

The elevated terrace at the back, with its ceramics and mosaics, is much more attractive than that of Guell Palace. I love the details up the top.

Back façade seen from terrace

Back façade seen from terrace

The house is no longer furnished but this wash basin looks extremely modern, doesn’t it?

A very modern-looking wash basin

Don't you love the wavy walls?

Don’t you love the wavy walls?

When you keep going up the stairs, of course, you get to the roof with its wonderful chimneys that I described in a previous post.

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8 Responses to Fabulous Gaudi Interiors – Casa Batllo

  1. Susan Walter says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your Gaudi series, especially the interiors. Lovely, and a remarkable legacy for the city.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the series. Still one to go – La Pedrera. i agree that it is a remarkable legacy for the city. There are more World Heritage buildings in Barcelona than Paris, which is quite extraordinary when you think of it!

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      I’m glad you’ve been enjoying them. One more to go – La Pedrera. It is truly a wonderful legacy for Barcelona.

  2. Jane's cousin says:

    I have mixed reactions to these photos you have been sharing, occasionally I feel it’s just too much but mostly I feel uplifted and awestruck by the playfulness of the forms and decorations which bely the underlying functions. How wonderful that there were those families who could take the risk commissioning Gaudi’s visions!

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      I understand your mixed reactions. That is how I felt when I saw the Sagrada Familia from the outside. But somehow these buildings fit into the Barcelona cityscape remarkably well. You can find some of the same sort of interior details in the beautiful Art Deco mansions in Nancy. Inside, it’s surprising, but none of the decoration seems over the top, although it looks like it from the photos. There are other Gaudi buildings in Leon and Majorca in particular that I would now like to see.

  3. breadispain says:

    oh my – this is so beautiful and fantastic! It would be like living in a surrealist film. I love the waves in the wood – especially in the first picture at the bottom of the staircase. So gorgeous!

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