Why is it called the House of Bones?
From its appearance the outside facade looks as though it is constructed of skulls and bones. The ‘Skulls’ are balconies and the ‘bones’ are the supporting pillars.
Who did Gaudi design the house for?
Gaudi designed the house as an upmarket home for a wealthy aristocrat, Josep Batllo. Senor Batllo and his family lived in the lower two floors while the upper two floors were rented as apartments.
What are the main historical details of the house?
The house was originally built in 1877, it was then a classical building with no remarkable features. Josep Batllo bought the house in 1900 and hired Gaudi to renovate the building in 1904. The first plan of Batllo was to demolish the house and build again. Gaudi convinced him otherwise and that a renovation could be completed much quicker. Gaudi expanded the central well that then supplied light throughout the building. On its completion in 1906, the renovation was among the candidates for the best building award although the council in Barcelona awarded the prize to a different architect.
Later refurbishments and uses
Josep Batllo died in 1934 and his wife in 1940. Their children kept the house until1954 when it was acquired by an insurance company when it was used as offices. In 1970, a refurbishment of several of the interior rooms was conducted and in 1983 the exterior was restored to its original colours. In 1993 the present owners bought the house and continued with refurbishing the building. In 1995, several rooms were hired out for social events, due to the décor and style it was a very popular attraction for hosting events.
Should you misplace anything during your visit you can be assured that all items of lost property are kept for one month! If any items are not claimed after that period of time then they are passed on to local charities.
There is a free Wi-Fi connection throughout Casa Batllo for all its visitors.