Casa Batllo – The House with A Dragon Back
This is my last post on Antoni Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona. The kids did not want to go to inside Gaudi’s Casa Batllo but I, along with my friend, Ellen, was pretty determined to see the inside of it. After all, the house was designated as a UNESCO World Hertiage site in 2005. And with all the amazing pictures of the house’s interior architecture, who could resist?
Unlike previous visits to another famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, and his homes where everything was designed in straight lines and other geometric forms, Gaudi designed Casa Batllo in predominantly curved and organic forms. Casa Batllo was meant to showcase the how the new bourgeoisie lived at the time. And boy, did this house make a statement! Many of the house’s inside features were meant to resemble underwater life while the rooftop chimneys were designed to look like a dragon’s back. To say that this house is decadent is an understatement. Take a look for yourself.