Antoni Gaudí masterpiece that looks like it has come straight out of a fairytale, one of three modernist buildings in Barcelona’s “block of discord”
The entire facade is encrusted with broken pieces of pastel-coloured mosaic tiles which glisten in the sunlight and appear to change colour depending on the angle, time of day, or season from which you look at it. People have likened it to to Monet’s paintings of water lilies, or the ripples and reflections when a pebble is thrown into water. The coloured roof tiles look uncannily similar to a scaley dragon’s spine, arched across the top of the building. Known by some as the “house of yawns” for the gaping mouth-like windows. Others think “the house of bones” a more fitting name because of the bone-like stone columns on the outside of the first floor window, and the rib-cage structures in the attic. No matter how you interpret it, the influence of nature in Gaudi’s architecture is undeniable.
Inside the house we can really appreciate Gaudí’s artistic vision and attention to detail. From the natural curved forms of the walls which are decorated with a subtle scaled effect, to the stained-glass window collages which diffuse and soften the daylight, evoking an underwater impression, to the swirls in the ceilings representing whirlpools in the sea, to the tonal gradation of the tiles in the interior courtyard walls which control the strength of the sunlight. Every single element has a purpose or a meaning, nothing is left to chance.
Passeig de Gràcia, 43 Barcelona 08007
Daily, 9.00-21.00 (last entry 20.00)