Imagine living in this house

What would it be like to live in this house, completed over 100 years ago? Take a look:

An interior open tower brings light down from the skylight and improves ventilation.

An interior open tower brings light down from the skylight and improves ventilation.

Stained glass on the front drawing room window

Stained glass on the front drawing room window

Iron and wood detail on the interior staircase

Iron and wood detail on the interior staircase

Circular stairs to the roof

Circular stairs to the roof

On the roof - the scales of the mythical dragon

On the roof – the scales of the mythical dragon

Josep and Amalia Batllo had wanted a beautiful and innovative home. They bought a 26-year old large house on a prestigious avenue in Barcelona with plans to demolish the building and construct a modern house where they could live with their children. The Batllos hired the renowned Antoni Gaudi. He convinced them to renovate rather than rebuild.

For architecture and art to be considered “great”work, the test of time applies: Is it considered great 50 years later? A hundred years later? Casa Batllo won an architecture prize after the Gaudi renovation and is still considered a great work over one hundred years later.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona

Casa Batllo in Barcelona

 

October 2014

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8 Responses to Imagine living in this house

  1. Pingback: The question is “Barcelona or Porto?” And the answer is… | simpletravelourway

  2. David Mog says:

    Gloria and I visited Barcelona on our brief (3-months) trip around the world in 2002. The world has never looked the same to us. Do they still have a machine at the end of the tour of the Cathedral that will accept your donations using a credit card? Very creative and out-of-the-box thinkers in the town that celebrates Gaudi.

  3. It’s unusual, that’s for sure. I love the curvy staircase.

  4. Now I know how it looks inside; Thanks; nice photo’s as well.

  5. jwiener25 says:

    But only 1 ½ bathrooms. Go figure.

    Jim W

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