Our vacation to Spain continues

The next stop on our visit to Barcelona was to see CASA BATLLO.  This iconic Modernist masterpiece is located in the center of Barcelona on the historically prestigious street Passeig de GraciaI.   It was originally commissioned by Lluís Sala Sánchez but totally renovated by the Batllo family from 1904 -1906.

It is known locally as the House of Bones, no doubt because so much of its form is inspired by the vertebra of both man and other animals. Can you see the reference to vertebra in the design of the staircase?

Casa Battlo staircase by Martin Pierce Hardware

Casa Battlo staircase by Martin Pierce Hardware

The house, like so much of Gaudi’s work, incorporates fantastical earthly and non-earthly themes.  For example, the ocean with its waves, sea creatures and sea shells carved on the doors, are captured in tile.

Casa Battlo, Barcelona Spain photo by Martin Pierce Hardware

Casa Battlo, Barcelona Spain photo by Martin Pierce Hardware

As you can see, Gaudi’s Casa Battlo makes wonderful use of colored tile, in particular the color blue.  A fine example of this is the inner shaft that was used to cool the house with louvered wooden shutters that opened to allow cool air in.

Casa Battlo photo by Martin Pierce Hardware

Casa Battlo photo by Martin Pierce Hardware

The curvaceous and fluid shape of the wooden windows and doors is reminiscent of tree roots and plant tendrils.  Be sure to take notice of the unique wainscoting design on the walls.

Casa Battlo photo by Martin Pierce Hardware

Casa Battlo photo by Martin Pierce Hardware

And the arched roof crowns of the building are, by all accounts, Gaudi’s interpretation of a dragon.

Can you spot the dragon on the rooftop of Casa Battlo Martin Pierce Hardware

Can you spot the dragon on the rooftop of Casa Battlo?
Martin Pierce Hardware

 

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Martin and Anne Pierce live in Los Angeles California with their beloved rescue dog, Iris. Martin's custom designs reflect his love of nature and include beautiful vine and fern drawer pulls, a realistic yet whimsical collection of bugs and other critters on door hardware and charming floral designs on everything from door levers to bathroom accessories. He also enjoys creating sculptural contemporary pieces that are easy to access for those with limited physical capabilities. All of Martin's designs are hand carved and cast in their Los Angeles studio where there is truly something for everyone. Please contact us with any questions or custom queries
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