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Casa Botines, or Casa Fernández y Andrés

Casa Botines by Antoni Gaudí, 1891 to 1892, León, Spain

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Casa Botines, or Casa Fernández y Andrés, is a granite, neo-gothic apartment building by Antoni Gaudí.
Casa Botines, or Casa Fernández y Andrés, by Antoni Gaudí in León, Spain

Casa Botines, or Casa Fernández y Andrés, by Antoni Gaudí in León, Spain

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One of only three Gaudí buildings outside of Catalonia, Casa Botines (or, Casa Fernández y Andrés) is located in León. This neo-gothic, granite building consists of four floors divided into apartments plus a basement and attic. The building has an inclined slate roof with six skylights and four corner towers. A trench around two sides of the building allows more light and air into the basement.

The windows on all four sides of Casa Botines are identical. They decrease in size as they go up the building. Exterior moldings differentiate between the floors and emphasize the width of the building.

The construction of Casa Botines took only ten months, despite Gaudí's troublesome relationship with the people of León. Some local engineers didn't approve of Gaudí's use of continuous lintels for the foundation. They considered sunken piles the best foundation for the region. Their objections led to rumors that the house was going to fall down, so Gaudí asked them for a technical report. The engineers were unable to come up with anything, and were thus silenced. Today, Gaudí's foundation still appears perfect. There are no signs of cracks or settling.

To view a design sketch for Casa Botines, see the book Antoni Gaudí - Master Architect by Juan Bassegoda Nonell (Compare Prices).

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