They worked on the building for two years, between 1875 and 1877, before Gaudi came into the picture. A few years after it was standing here, a bit dull, it was bought by Josep Batlló i Casanovas, after whom it was named. Batlló, who did not like what he saw, initially considered destroying the building and building another one in its place, but decided instead to turn to the talented architect Antoni Gaudi to reshape it.
Indeed, Gaudi provided the goods. The new works conducted by Gaudi were conducted between 1904 and 1906. He designed the building in the Modernism style, of course, the style which is so colorful, and he is so associated with. The Batlló family held it until it was sold in 1954. The beauty of the structure is that it is possible to wander it many times and each time discover additional corners that you have not noticed before.
Before the interesting building you see here in front of you, here stood another building, very boring. At one point the landlord, Josep Batlló, decided that he wanted to redesign it, and turned to Gaudi to help him with the project. Gaudi made some interesting changes in the old building, which made it the special structure you see in front of you. First of all, he added a fifth floor to serve the servants and helped him create a new look for the entire building. He focused mainly on the facade, the roof, and the inner courtyard of the building.
Gaudi built large balconies made of special sandstone that was brought directly from the nearby Montjuïc Hill. These balconies, shaped like skulls, were designed to contribute to the new design and bring natural light to the first floor, where the owners lived. The columns of the balconies were inspired by motifs from the plant world. The shapes of the balconies and rounded lines gave the building one of its familiar epithets in the city: "The Bone House." On the windows of the round balconies, there is glass with patterns of colored circles on it. Between the balconies you will see small pieces of ceramic in different colors, like colorful mosaics.
The attic was built with colorful chimneys of rounded shape but not very clear. It was built hollow, twisted and streaked with white arches. They are covered with mosaic and ceramics, and end in cone form that add additional seasoning to the local architectural celebration.
The inner courtyard is also interesting, not least because of its glass ceiling, which allows the entry of light in perfect doses. This inner courtyard is surrounded by columns and arches, in a style reminiscent of Greek and Roman style.
Here is another interpretation. Salvador Dali thought that Gaudi was trying to imitate the motifs of waves.