Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 336 - Casa Batlló

Apologies for my project 365 absence. For the past few weeks I have been travelling with my wife in Spain. We stayed in Barcelona, the Island of Mallorca and Madrid. I decided to finish my project 365 by showing some images of our favorite sights we enjoyed while traveling.

First up, in Barcelona, is Casa Batlló. This is one of the incredible buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi, situated in the Eixample district of Barcelona. Like everything Gaudí designed, the building is remarkable. The façade of Casa Batlló looks like it has been made from skulls and bones, which explains the local nickname "La Casa dels Ossos," the House of Bones. The little balconies appear to be masks. The facade is decorated with broken ceramic tiles in colours resembling marine life.

The interior of Casa Batlló is equally fascinating as the exterior and worth the price of admission. In the Modernist style he used wood, iron, glass, ceramics and stone combined in creative, interesting ways, producing vibrant features throughout the house. Below is the swirling ceiling in the living room on the main floor.

What struck me the most about the building was a complete absence of straight lines. Below are the stairs to the roof and a ceiling of the hallway leading to a storage room.

The roof is arched and has an appearance of the back of a dragon. Pictured here are the colourful tiled chimneys.

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