Gaudi Buildings 1
During our 2013 visit to Barcelona, we visited three buildings designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi:
Park Güell, Palau Güell and the basilika Sagrada Familia. We saw two more buildings near our hotel,
La Pedrera and Casa Batilo, but did not go in. Pictures from Sagrada Familia are on a separate page.
La Pedrera – or Casa Mila
The facade is remarkable for the iron balcony rails.
One of entrances when the building was closed.
The facade is lit at night, and there is a night tour to the roof top.
Casa Batilo, the building 2nd from the right in the picture, is a few blocks from La Pedrera. Gaudi designed the 1904
renovation of a 1877 building. There is an entrance fee to visit part of the house, and to go onto the roof. The three
buildings from the left are called Mansana de la Discordia, the block of discord because the owners each commissioned
one of the great architects of the time and the styles are so different. The building to the left is Casa Lleo Morera
by Domenech i Montaner and is closed to the public. The building in the middle is Casa Amatlir by Puig i Cadafalch.
Casa Batilo is called Casa dels ossos (house of bones) because of the balcony design.
The facade is lit at night.
This picture was taken around 22.30. The lights are turned off before midnight.
Park Güell is on El Carmel hill in the Gracia district of Barcelona, outside the city center.
There is no entrance fee to the park, and it is very popular for tourists. This picture was taken midday Monday 5 October.
The entrance to the park is between the two small buildings.
The house where Gaudi lived for 20 years is now a museum with a shop in the basement.
There were long queues to get into the museum.
Antonio Gaudi’s home in the center of the park.
Palao Güell, or the Güell Palace, was built in the late 1880s as a home for the industrialist Eusebi Güell, a
patron of Gaudi. When the family grew, it moved to a larger house at Park Güell. The building is imposing from
the street, but that is nothing compared to the inside. The entrance fee includes audio phones for a guided tour.
The entrance stairs that lead up to the main room for visitors. Renovation of the house was done
over a 20 year period, and was finished in 2010. The entire house was opened to visitors in 2011.
The ground floor has a stove paved ramp down to the basement where horses were kept.
The basement. You may notice that all visitors in the picture use the audio phones.
The main entertainment room seen from the 1st floor.
2nd floor looking up to the organ on the third floor. Orchestras used one a room on the 2nd floor.
Looking down from the 2nd floor.
Looking straight up from 1st floor.
It is difficult to capture the room that is three floors high, but this image taken with a fish eye lens may give a hint.
Some of the many very detailed iron works in the building.
The ceiling in one of the rooms at 2nd floor.
Top floor where the servants slept. The space was divided into smaller rooms.
Some of the many chimneys