After gaining entry into the iconic Casa Batlló with your tickets, you can collect your map of the structure as well as your smart guide so that you can begin exploring this celebrated example of Gaudi's distinct architectural style.
Casa Batlló may look like something out of an aquamarine dream but the building was initially built with the intention of being residential, which is why it is situated in its prized location on Passeig de Gracia. Though Gaudi unleashed him imagination when Josep Batlló gave him complete creative freedom to renovate this building, which can be seen in the Catalan artist's use of color and light especially in his design, it's a truly functional building, much more reminiscent of apartment buildings now than anything that existed 100 years ago.
Your guide will help you navigate through the different parts of the building, be it the loft - an unusual and elegant space, considering that it used to contain laundry rooms. The area is adorned with catenary arches, making the inside look like the ribcage of some magnificent beast, most likely the dragon that adorns the roof of the building. You will also get to see the Noble floor, where the Batlló family resided in their day. It comprises of a study, dining room, and a private entrance hall, all embellished in Gaudi's signature style - whimsical, yet deliberate.
You will also get to see the roof, which has the distinct shape of a dragon's spine, to represent the monster slain by St. George, as well as chimney stacks that were built to prevent backdraughts.
Your smart guide will also help you better admire the external architecture of Casa Batlló, such as the exterior facade, made up of many different ornaments, like the tile on the roof to represent the shiny scales of a dragon or the lack of straight lines in the entire design of the space.
Even after the commentary on your guide runs out, feel free to stay back and explore on your own!