Casa Batlló

Barcelona: Casa Batlló- La Pedrera

We have visited also Barcelona. Casa Batlló has a more colourful façade compared to its counterpart, and is as wildly evocative as Casa Milà’s rooftop. It looks like a sea creature anthropomorphizing / transformed into a building. And those balconies – one of a kind! Nicknamed House of Bones, Casa Batlló was designed in 1904, and has been refurbished a few times since. From its roots as a place of residence for the Batlló family, it subsequently housed offices. Today, it functions as a museum, and can also be used for events.

Casa Batlló
                                                                  Casa Batlló
La Pedrera (meaning ‘The Quarry’), is a building designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and built during the years 1906–1912. It is located at  92, Passeig de Gracia in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Spain. It was a controversial design at the time for the bold forms of the undulating stone façade and wrought iron decoration of the balconies and windows, designed largely by Josep Maria Jujol, who also created some of the plaster ceilings.Architecturally it is considered an innovative work for its steel structure and curtain walls – the façade is self-supporting. Other innovative elements were the construction of underground car parking and separate lifts and stairs for the owners and their servants.

Casa Milà

Casa Milà

Casa Milà - La Pedrera

Casa Milà – La Pedrera

I especially like the building’s roof terrace because of the undulating forms of its staircases, chimneys and ventilation shafts.

The rooftop is arguably the raison d’être of a visit to La Pedrera. From the witch scarer chimneys (espanta bruixes) to the winding staircases, it is an expansive wonderland that defies all notions of a conventional rooftop, complete with a birds eye view of central Barcelona.

La Pedrera

La Pedrera

In 1984, it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The building is made open to the public by the Catalunya Caixa Foundation, which manages the various exhibitions and activities and visits to the interior and roof.