More of Gaudi's Masterpieces

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by airynfaerie on October 18, 2009

Two buildings by Barcelona's famed architect and designer, Antoni Gaudi lie within blocks of each other and are noted stops for visitors of all ages while in the city. The Casa Batilo and Casa Mila (La Pedrera) are both located on Passeig de Gracia and are two of the most noted pieces of Gaudi's work besides the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.

This section of the boulevard Passeig de Gracia which contains both buildings is known as the Mancana de la Discòrdia, or "Block of Discord". Named for the discourse of several modern buildings, both with each other and with the buildings around them. Visitors can enjoy the large sidewalks along the avenue with the decorative street lights and tree-line paths, while passing the works of three noted architects including Gaudi, Cadafalch, and Montaner.

Casa Batilo was build in 1877, but restored by Gaudi in 1905. The exterior resembles bones and skeletal forms to many, and even if this wouldn't be the description you'd choose, it definitely is a unique facade by any means. As in true Gaudi form, nature remained his primary influence, as he chose colors from the sea and coral for the mosaic like exterior. Designed for a wealthy aristocrat, it now is a public museum, and is highly praised by architects worldwide for the attention to detail, unique forms, and strange usages of organic shapes.

Casa Mila, is also known as La Pedrera (meaning "quarry") because of the stone-like and rocky form. Originally built as apartments between 1906-1910, now this unique building is a public museum. The exterior is one of Gaudi's most recognized piece of work, and although plain in colors and adornments, is rich with strange wavy shapes and whimsical rooftop chimneys. Located on a corner, this building is shaped so that each space during the day gets at least a little bit of sunlight. Supposedly though, one of the reasons it didn't work as an apartment building, was because renters couldn't place their furniture because of each room's odd shape.

Just a walk along the Block of Discourse to view the exteriors of these buildings in an experience in itself, but if you've save up enough euros for the entrance fees, then by all means, take the trips inside...another world awaits you there.

• Casa Batlló, No.43 Passeig de Gràcia
• Metro stop Green Line, L3: Passeig de Gràcia
• Admission fee: 17.50euros
• Open daily 9am - 8pm

CASA MILA (La Pedrera)
• Passeig de Gràcia, No.92
• Metro stop Green Line, L3: Diagonal
• Admission fee: 9.50euros
• Open daily 9am - 6:30pm (winter), 9am - 8pm (summer)
Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain, 08007
34644 291 481

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