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Casa Batllo: Gaudi [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Juan Jose Lahuerta , Pere Vivas , Ricard Pla
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31 Oct 1997
This book, the only monographic work published about Casa Batlló, takes us beyond its façade to reveal to us, with meticulous detail, the architect s great creativity. It includes an essay by Juan José Lahuerta, a plan by Gaudí and a study of the morphology of the building. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Triangle Postals , S.L (31 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8484780511
  • ISBN-13: 978-8484780519
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 804,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great little book! 3 Aug 2009
By L. Reed
Format:Paperback
I put this book on my wish list and was bought it for my birthday.I hadnt realised what a small book it was going to be, but I wasnt disappointed as it is a wonderful little book. the photographs are absolutely stunning. the building is photographed floor by floor in great detail, showing such things as handrails, doorknobs and wall tiles. If you love Gaudi's work you will be delighted with this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Book on Casa Battlo Imaginable 28 Jun 2012
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The only reason to give this book one star is because it's not possible here to give it no stars at all. While it is true that the photographs are marvelous--and the reason I chose this book in the first place-- the diatribe by Juan Jose Lahuerta is unpleasant in the extreme, and written by someone who admittedly feels passionately about both this remarkable house and its architect: he hates them both. It is one thing to point out, in a balanced review of a building, the building's failings. But if that is all an author sees, then it makes one wonder why he bothered to write the book in the first place. For those of us coming to the building because it is so arresting, so remarkable, so unusual, even breathtaking, reading page after page of vile is nothing short of awful, a sort of prose-vomit. Juan Jose Lahuerta doesn't like Gaudi, he doesn't like Casa Battlo, he has contempt for the clients who asked for its design and construction. His political views seep into and color his bile, and what we want, we who have not spent years and years considering architecture, researching the back story of buildings and architects, what we want is simply a bit of context-- how did this building come to be? Why was it made the way it was? Who are the people responsible for its design? How was it received at the time--more than a century ago-- it was created? The building is on the World Heritage list, hundreds, sometimes thousands of people view it daily and those people do not, I assure you, recoil in horror at the imagined faults and defects of the building. It is a complete irony that this book is sold in the very pleasant store full of knicknacks and other books that celebrate the building and its architect. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Gaudi 23 Oct 2013
By KLP
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This was a replacement for my original (bought in Barcelona) which had tea spilled all over it by someone I lent it to. Moral of the story - don't lend books! A beautiful book and worth every penny.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Book on Casa Battlo Imaginable 28 Jun 2012
By Just a guy from France in the corner - Published on Amazon.com
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The only reason to give this book one star is because it's not possible here to give it no stars at all. While it is true that the photographs are marvelous--and the reason I chose this book in the first place-- the diatribe by Juan Jose Lahuerta is unpleasant in the extreme, and written by someone who admittedly feels passionately about both this remarkable house and its architect: he hates them both. It is one thing to point out, in a balanced review of a building, the building's failings. But if that is all an author sees, then it makes one wonder why he bothered to write the book in the first place. For those of us coming to the building because it is so arresting, so remarkable, so unusual, even breathtaking, reading page after page of vile is nothing short of awful, a sort of prose-vomit. Juan Jose Lahuerta doesn't like Gaudi, he doesn't like Casa Battlo, he has contempt for the clients who asked for its design and construction. His political views seep into and color his bile, and what we want, we who have not spent years and years considering architecture, researching the back story of buildings and architects, what we want is simply a bit of context-- how did this building come to be? Why was it made the way it was? Who are the people responsible for its design? How was it received at the time--more than a century ago-- it was created? The building is on the World Heritage list, hundreds, sometimes thousands of people view it daily and those people do not, I assure you, recoil in horror at the imagined faults and defects of the building. It is a complete irony that this book is sold in the very pleasant store full of knicknacks and other books that celebrate the building and its architect. As for Juan Jose Lahuerta, I suspect he has IBS or a permanent case of class warfare grumps-- There is virtually nothing (not nothing, just mostly nothing) in his screed worth reading-- though the well-chosen photographs and illustrations sprinkled throughout are well worth the look.
In short: avoid this book as though you would ebola. It's just as nasty and undesirable, and there are other far more worthy books on the same subjects-- Gaudi and this building--waiting to grace your bookshelves.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful text; exquisite photos 13 Nov 2009
By Charles S. Houser - Published on Amazon.com
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This book published by Triangle/Postals covering one of Antoni Gaudi's modernista houses is part of a series of handsome 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inch volumes on key architectural landmarks of Barcelona. Unlike the volume on "La Pedrera," equally memorable for its photography by Pere Vivas, it opens with a though-provoking 66-page essay by Juan Jose Lahuerta. Lahuerta gives useful information about Gaudi and his primary rivals Puig i Cadafalch and Domenech i Montaner and the economic and political factors influencing cultural life of Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century. His reflections on the modernista designers through the lens of literary statements made by Baudelaire, Huysmann and others is compelling. The tensions that existed between the archtect and his clients (the people who actually had to live inside the artist's creations) is touched upon, as are conjectures about Gaudi's views on eternity and death. This may be more information than the average tourist may want to know when they visit Casa Battlo, but it's fascinating stuff nonetheless. The photographs are consistently beautiful and provide a nice mix of "full views" and detail shots.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone who loves Gaudi's whimsical architecture! 19 Jan 2014
By Sharon Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
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I toured the Casa Batllo in the fall of 2013 and was awestruck by the creativity, whimsy, colors, and imaginative design elements everywhere in this Barcelona house, built by Catalan's most famous architect Antoni Gaudi. I wanted a memento that captured the whimsical elements of the house and that did the architecture justice in photos, not just in print. This book fulfilled my wish. While the text is detailed and a studious read, the photos are incredible - a lovely collection through which Gaudi's genius shines.
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