Among Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions is the Casa Batllo, a home originally designed as a middle class residence in 1877, and then re-designed by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol in 1904-1906 as a showplace for Gaudi’s whimsical and original designs.
Known locally as “The House of Bones”, the home’s exterior has a skeletal appearance with sculpted stone and flowing, curved lines. The arched roof resembles the back of the legendary multi-colored dragon slain by St. George. The home’s balconies resemble carnival masks and the skulls of the dragon’s victims. Almost no straight lines are visible in the building’s architecture, even the walls and balconies contain curved lines.
Gaudi decorated the entire building with colorful mosaic tiles in shades of orange, green and blue so that it appears almost as if the entire building is underwater. The Casa Batlló is topped by numerous whimsical chimneys that add to its almost surreal look.
Visitors can access the upper floors of the building, and the rooftop, from numerous stairwells or from the original elevator designed by Gaudi to carry the family throughout the home.