Today is the 161st year since the birth of the architectural legend that was Antoni Gaudí.
He created many amazingly beautiful buildings as a pioneer and pusher of the Modernism movement and its boundaries but his
Casa Batlló building is my absolute favourite.
Affectionately named Casa dels Ossos (House of Bones) by Barcelona and Catalan natives.
I love how the balconies and in fact the whole building looks like a bunch of skulls and bones which is quite sombre and depressing but then that is offset by the wonderful bright colours scattered over the whole building and that bright amazing roof.
During the night time the building takes on a really haunting presence but still has a calming feel which is again due to those bright colours and the smooth curves of the building.
The roof is an astonishing piece of mosaic design and it’s believed to represent the back of a dragon which can be seen from the mosaic design and the curves and bumps all along the length of the roof which peaks at a spine like design. The tower on the left which leads to the cross is also said to represent a lance of Saint George who is the patron saint of Catalonia, Spain slaying the Dragon.
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