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Batlló House is a spectacular building, located on Paseo de Gracia, that belonged to the rich textile industrialist Josep Batlló. Its main attraction is that it was completely remodelled and reformed by the world famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí in 1904 and 1906.
Originally, this building was the work of the architect Emilio Sala Cortés (coincidentally, one of Gaudí's professors at the Barcelona School of Architecture) and built in 1875. However, after Batlló bought the building in 1903, the merchant commissioned the complete reform of the building.
Gaudí did this with his well-known naturalistic organic architectural style and ruled geometry inspired by the old Baroque. He endowed the entire façade with an absolutely impressive organic style, creating the impression that it was a huge living organic wrapper of great originality.
Despite the fact that the initial visual impact is in itself absolute, Gaudí always kept functionality and ergonomics above aesthetics, subordinating organic shapes to spaces with efficiency. This is why he focused at all times on both lighting and building ventilation to create spectacular yet functional rooms and spaces.
In addition to completely reforming the external and internal spaces of the building, Gaudí demonstrated his enormous talent in designing all the furniture for the Batlló residence. Many of the furnishings have an absolutely unique and exclusive style matching the architectural ensemble.
As a sign of the enormous significance of this construction, in 2022 the Tiqets digital platform chose Batlló House as the Best Monument in the World for 2021.