The Batlló House is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodelled in the years 1905–1907. Located at Paseo de Gracia, the Right Eixample Quarter. It is part of the “manzana de la discordia” (“block of discord” in English), where the Amatller House, and the Lleó i Morera House are also located.
The local citizen name for the building is "House of Bones", and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated
in a prosperous district of Barcelona.
The Batlló House in Barcelona building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed-, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.
It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues.
The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.
A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.
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