Editor’s Note: Thanks to Bobby Mizelle, for sharing images from his recent trip to Spain where he captured the iconic Casa Batlló in all its divergent splendor.
In 1904 the renowned and revolutionary architect Antoni Gaudi undertook the refurbishment of Casa Batlló, on the commission of the textile industrialist Josep Batlló i Casanovas, in elegant Passeig de Gràcia, on the same stretch of street as Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Amatller, built by Doménech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch respectively. The difference between the styles of these three Greats of Catalan Modernism gave rise to the block being called “La Manzana de la Discordia”, or Block of Discord, a name which it has kept to this day. In Casa Batlló Gaudí was able to work according to his personal taste, and with total creative freedom: over the years, Gaudi developed a particular disregard for material problems and limitations, and adopted instead an overriding concern for ”visions.” Architecture was a calling, and he saw himself as the humble instrument of a divine power. Casa Batlló is a showcase of his skills in the use of all kinds of materials: stone, wood, ceramic tiles, glass and iron, and he played masterfully with color and shape.