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Casa Batllo by Antoni Gaudí, 1904 to 1906, Barcelona

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Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí is decorated with colored glass fragments, ceramic circles, and mask-shaped balconies.
Casa Batllo by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, Spain

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Each of the three adjacent houses on one block of Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona was designed by a different Modernista architect. The tremendously differing styles of these buildings led to the nickname Mançana de la Discòrdia (mançana means both "apple" and "block" in Catalan).

Josep Batlló hired Antoni Gaudí to remodel Casa Batlló, the center building, and to divide it into apartments. Gaudí added a fifth floor, completely revamped the interior, depressed the roof, and added a new façade. The enlarged windows and thin columns inspired the nicknames Casa dels badalls (House of yawns) and Casa dels ossos (House of bones), respectively.

The stone façade is decorated with colored glass fragments, ceramic circles, and mask-shaped balconies. The undulating, scaled roof suggests a dragon's back.

Casas Batlló and Mila, designed by Gaudí within the space of a few years, are on the same street and share some typical Gaudí features:

  • wavy exterior walls
  • "scooped out" windows
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