From Kildare to Barcelona

 After a weekend trip to Barcelona, I thought it would be a nice idea to share some of the beautiful architecture and interior spaces that I had a chance to visit. The city is steeped with a history of talented architects and it was wonderful to see these stunning buildings in person. To be honest I think our taxi drivers were getting tired of my endless questions about buildings and my constant need for them to drive slowly so I could take a decent photograph.

I’ve included some photographs from the ‘IIla de la Discordia’ area which is noted for its for its unique modernist buildings. There are three stunning buildings which are the most important in this area, the Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló and the Casa Lleó Morera

Casa Amatller

Casa Amatller is a model example of the architecture of Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The restauration of its main floor has managed to recover the atmosphere of the era of its first owner, the chocolatier Antoni Amatller Costa (1851-1910), with the original decoration and furniture. The building was originally designed as a residence for chocolatier Antoni Amatller and was constructed between 1898 and 1900. It has been beautifully restored but has also added some modern elements with the introduction of its beautiful chocolate café.

Casa Amatller exterior and museum Casa Amatller staircase insde the Casa Amatller chocolate cafe interior of the Casa Amatller chocolate cafe

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is a renowned building located in the center of Barcelon and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a skeletal organic quality. There are few straight lines, and much of the façade is decorated with a colourful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles. The roof is arched and resembles the back of a dragon. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudí’s home), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.

Casa Batllo Exterior facade of the casa batlo

Casa Lleó Morera

The Casa Lleó Morera is a building designed by noted modernisme architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the Eixample district of Barcelona. In 1902 Francesca Morera assigned Lluís Domènech i Montaner to remodel ancient “casa Rocamora”, built in 1864. She died in 1904, and the building was named after her son, Albert Lleó i Morera. The ground floor of the building is now host to designer shop ‘Loewe’. What was most amazing to me was that many other beautiful architectural buildings in Barcelona are occupied by shops and restaurants, but as I noted the city is overflowing with stunning architecture, so they can well afford to use them.

Casa Lleó-Morera Exterior

All three buildings are stunning and well worth a visit along with many of Barcelona’s stunning cathedrals. I hope you enjoyed this column and if these tempting pictures don’t inspire you to visit Barcelona then I can assure you that the fabulous shops and restaurants certainly won’t disappoint.

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