The genius of Antoni GР°udГ shines in this extraordinarily unique monument and apartment building that is considered the strangest and the most curious in Barcelona, and maybe in Europe as well. Casa BatllГі is also known as the Casa dels Ossos (The House of Bones) or as the Casa del Drac (House of the Dragon), and it is easy to see why: covered in colourful blots and blobs of paint, ceramics and tiles, its facade shows off candidly rectangular windows and wavy balconies that resemble either Venetian masks or beastly grinning jaws, depending on your perspective. Furthermore, the roof is so uneven and humpbacked that it resembles the spine of a dragon. Tiled orange red, aquamarine, and blue, it changes colour depending on the time of day.
The interior is even more intriguing. Everything inside, from wР°lls, ceilings and to door knobs, reminds the visitor how much GaudГ despised straight lines. You will not find a single one in this house! The only exception is the attic where the Catene arches are supported by some straight rectangular structures to let more light in. Every fine detail inside seems to swirl and flow. GaudГ looked for inspiration in natural forms: the twisted ceiling, the wavy staircase, the curvaceous doorways all belong in a living and breathing organism. Even the patio and the rooftop terrace have uneven floors.
Natural light is also big in GaudГ's books. Using as much of daylight and as little of electricity as possible was his goal when designing the interior of Casa BatllГі. The light shaft inside the building is the most prominent example of this: it is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top thus regulating the amount of light that gets into the apartments. The shaft itself is tiled, and the colour of tiles gradually changes from lightest blue at the bottom to deep navy blue at the top. The higher up you are, the stronger the feeling that you find yourself underwater...
Casa BatllГі is one of several exceptional buildings on the block between Carrer del Consell de Cent and Carrer dвЂ™AragГі. They are located so close to each other that this area is often called La Manzana de la Discordia (the Quarter of Discord). Other architectural wonders are Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch, located adjacent to Casa Batllo, and Casa LleГі Morera by DomГЁnech i Montaner. Grouped together, the works of BarcelonaвЂ™s holy trinity of Modernism illustrate just how diverse the Modernism could be.