I love beauty….beautiful buildings as a city girl are a joy. Nature as a country girl are my bliss.

The Urge To Wander

I had always thought Antoni Gaudi’s buildings were….well gaudy! My minimalist aesthetics were offended by all that ornamentation, and I never really paid much attention to his work. But as soon as I stepped inside this iconic building in Barcelona, I knew I had been so mistaken…..about Gaudi and about modernist architecture! One of the trio of modernist buildings on Passeig De Gracia, comprising the “Manzana de la Discordia”, the Casa Batllo is radical, absurd, functional and exceptionally beautiful, all at the same time!

Remodeled from an existing structure for the textile magnate Joseph Batllo between 1904-1906, this is one of Gaudi’s emblematic works. It served as a luxury apartment complex and the Batllo family occupied the Noble floor with its large living spaces and private terrace, up until the mid 50’s. It was deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Today – if you have the moolah – you…

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