The restoration of the facade of Casa Batlló ends
One of the most emblematic facades in Barcelona and in the world recovers its chromatic intensity and returns to its most faithful version to the original, in particular to 1906, the year that Antoni Gaudí completed the reform of Casa Batlló.
The facade was restored for the first time in 2001, a few years before being declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. The restoration that took place from January to May 2019 has been more meticulous and, it has gone further, towards the origin, according to Xavier Villanueva, Director of Works of Casa Batlló. This time, professionals from 7 different associations have intervened to clean it, restore it and apply different conservation techniques; an especially complex process due to the 5 materials that compose it (stone, iron, ceramic, glass and wood).
To celebrate this historic milestone, the entity has prepared a free audio to visit the facade and discover the history of its restoration, as well as its myths and legends. From May 23, those interested can approach Casa Batlló to request free access to this audio. In this way, the visitor, with his or her own mobile device, will can to access a web page and listen to the news of the façade in front of it.
During the last months Casa Batlló has carried out guided visits accompanied by Xavier Villanueva, Joan Olona and Amilcar Vargas directed to experts in history, architecture, restoration, archeology and heritage management in order to publicize the restoration work and generate a dialogue from different fields of knowledge.
On the other hand, more than 25,000 people have been privileged spectators of the restoration of the facade thanks to the “Skywalk”, a spectacular walk through the top of the facade at 30 meters high from where you could see up close the work of the restorers .
In the following video you can see some of the restoration work that has been carried out during these months.