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Eixample Dret - Passeig de Gracia Avenue.
The Casa Batllo (Batllo House) is a rework done by the architect Antoni Gaudí, over a previously existing private building on the site, designed by architect Emili Sala Cortes.The wealthy industrial Josep Batlló i Casanovas commissioned the work Gaudi for the refurbishment, focused mainly on the re-design of thefacade, the main floor, the interior patios and the roof, and also adding a fifth floor for the service personnel. The facade was covered with sandstone from The Montjuich Mountain and ceramic pieces of different colours in curved forms with representations of plants, bone-shaped columns. The woodwork also in curved surfaces, with windows with glass color circular forms and iron railings with shaped masks. The central courtyard was covered with a glass skylight supported by an iron structure which relies on a series of catenary arches designed by Gaudi. The walls of the coutyard were covered with coated tiles, in an ingenious and interesting colour gradation for a better utilization of light, from more dark blue at the top to a more clear white on the lower floors.
The main floor was designed and entirely decorated by Gaudi, with an impressive lounge with an upper ceiling in the form of helical forms in relief, and also other rooms with curved forms and furniture specially designed by the architect himself.
The house is placed in the passeig de Gracia in the so-called Block of discord (L'Illa de la discordia) on relation to the different buildings by important Modernist architects as in addition to this building from Gaudi there are: the Amatller House, adjacent to Batllo House, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch; the Lleó Morera House, designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner in the corner with Consell de Cent Street, and in the block another buliding designed by Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia.
Since 2005 the Casa Batllo is part of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, within the Place "Works of Antoni Gaudí”.