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Add “Barcelona” to my Cities To Visit list!

When I first saw the image above, I thought, “Oooh, which movie set is THAT from?” Silly me, it’s not from a movie set at all and in fact is very real! So who is the man who dared build this beautiful monstrosity???

Casa Batllo was built in 1877 by architect Antoni Gaudi. It graces the streets of — you guessed it — Barcelona, Spain — along with several other of Gaudi’s outlandish creations. Gaudi’s work made such a strong impression on me, I just had to share!

Does this look Candyfuture on steroids or what?!

It must be so surreal walking past this every day…

Gaudi’s work challenged what I thought was possible, and changed the way I view my own creativity. Who knew a building could do all this?

58 Responses to
“Candyfuture From A Hundred Years Ago”

  • Freya says:

    So you mean “add to my list of *cities* to visit” -sorry, gotta be the copyediting fairy.

    That is an amazing building!! Do you know if it’s open for tours or is it a private residence?

    Ellen Reply:

    Actually, Doe was right. Well, yours is correct, as well. But Doe was referring to a list titled Cities to Visit, and titles are always capitalized.

    tim Reply:

    i think the rule is diferent in different countries

    psyche Reply:

    Actually, the original post said *countries* instead of *cities*, but it was obviously edited after this first comment was made.

    Doe Deere Reply:

    Yep, thanks for catching that!! :D

  • Georgina says:

    Wow, the balconies look like little cat masks! So cool. I’d love to go to Barcelona!

  • Aida V says:

    What a pleasant surprise to see my city mentioned in your blog!! I’m from Barcelona, born and raised, and you never never get used to such bizarre constructions. Last year I finally got to see the inside of the Pedrera (Casa Milà) and it was incredibly lovely. He made also “Parc Güell”, a place extremely crowded but still worth a visit. What can I say, I Love my city! And of course you’re welcome here any time :)

  • tim says:

    doe these aren’t monstrosity at all. the architectural theory is the more colour/color, the more it will cheer people up when they pass by.

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  • Cate says:

    Barcelona is one of my favorite cities when I first visited many years ago the beauty of the city took my breath away, around every corner you find something so amazing which you never expected. You must visit there sometime I recommend everyone does it’s unlike any other place I’ve visited before and has something to offer for everyone and anyone who goes there.

  • liisa says:

    love the buildings i agree it would change my view on creativity aswell ….The colors are so soft but pleasing to the eye!

  • Laia N says:

    Another girl from Barcelona commenting here! I don’t know why Modernism isn’t very famous in America….

    Barcelona is a wonderful city, I’m sure you’ll love it :) and if you need any help/advice just let me know!

    Jenny Reply:

    Oh it is! We have the Gehry to your Gaudi! Not quite as colourful, but I would say Frank Gehry was certainly inspired by Gaudi.

    Barcelona is a beautiful city! :)

  • Heathre says:

    Field trip! It’s so badass when buildings such as this exist, and are very real.

  • ellen says:

    This is very beautiful. I chose my university because of it’s main building, the cathedral of learning. Being around architecture I love makes me so happy. One year they projected color all over the cathedral, here is a photo:

  • Ameiii. Fantástico mesmo…

  • Hayley says:

    These are actually some shining examples of the art nouveau movement,which sadly didn’t last long. “The Art Nouveau movement sought to make art a way of life, breaking down the barriers between fine and applied art.” (Wikipedia)

    Amber Reply:

    the art nouveau movement is my favourite, i love everthing about it, i would love to see these buildings in real life, definatly my places to visit list !!!

  • Morgiss says:

    I love Antonio Gaudies buldings, he´s the best architect ever!

  • Kaiya says:

    I went to Barcelona a few years ago, and went to Gaudi’s buildings for a whole day, it was amazing!! Although Barcelona is a city, not a country ;)

  • Guenevere says:

    Oh wow! Now I can’t decide whether to make an Addam’s Family Dollhouse or a Candy Castle!

    tim Reply:

    that comment is worth a dollar

    Guenevere Reply:

    Woo hoo! Now I’m rich! ^_^

  • Jessi says:

    Oh, MsDeere, you must go! I spent a year there- one of my best decisions ever. Hit up La Sagrada Familia, also by Gaudi – and unfinished! It was THE reason I decided to live there.

  • cardu says:

    The architect who came to my mind immediatly when I saw the pictures is Friedensreich Hundertwasser. You should take a look at his work too!

  • Sabina says:

    I was there from January 6 until 9 this year to celebrate my friends 18th birthday! If you visit my blog, you will see loads of pictures I have from Barcelona – go here and look through them if you want :)) I will still add more photos :))

    And if you’d like tips on where to go, feel free to e-mail me, because I put together a guide on Barcelona with the help of my friend Nuria who lives there :)) The guide is here: :)))

    And the Gaudi buildings are even better in person! <3

  • Marissa says:

    It is by far one of the most beautiful cities i have ever visited! I love Barcelona so much I have decided i want to live there(within the next 5 years) for a year or so. The city is full of vibrant art and amazing people every corner you turn. Not to mention the food is amazing! Gaudi’s park is one of Barcelona’s most remarkable landmarks. The views are absolutely breath taking. This city really moved me emotionally and continues to inspire my life today.

  • Hilde says:

    I learned about those houses when I did art and architecture in high school! They’re so fantastic! <3

    PS: "Add “Barcelona” to my **Countries** To Visit list!" ? ;) I know you write that it's a city later, but I just wanted to point it out anyway. :D

  • G-Rizzle says:

    That is so awesome. Love those buildings. I would mos def live in one of those. :)

  • Lita says:

    stunning!! i adore the shape of the balconies! and all the candy colors of course!

  • Amber says:

    “Add “Barcelona” to my Countries To Visit list!”

    Barcelona is a city.

  • Glitzerpony says:

    Yap, Barcelona is beautiful but although very expensive city (there’re so many cool in labels you definitley have to visit, so save some money my dear ♥)

    Loevely Greetz, Glitzerpony

  • Rickey says:

    Gorgey McPorgey. Epic. Really, really Epic.
    <3 Rickey

  • Becca Rainbow says:

    Holy cow!!! That’s pretty spectacular! There’s a house in Douglaston that’s front is kind of in this style, but far less colorful :)

  • Amber says:

    I’ve written many-a-research paper on Gaudi. I love his work. Such a brilliant man; such a tragic death.

  • Cutesaurus says:

    Yay for Gaudi and Barcelona. When I went there I just couldn’t get enough of all his amazing creations. The Park Guell is unbelievable as well, and it’s huge, and free :) Very very special.

    I totally thought of Hundertwasser as well!!! I recently discovered his work when I was in Vienna and holy cow, the man was such a visionary. Definitely in the same spirit of color and magic, whether in his paintings or architecture. Highly recommend checking him out.

  • Rocco says:

    Hi, I´m from Spain and I like read you article from Barcelona. I´m really proud of this. Gaudí have only two artworks outside Cataluña in Spain, but not like taht. In province of Leon, in Spain. You can find two castles. In the city of León you can see “Casa de botines”. But a really romantic architecture is this palace “Palacio Episcopal de Astorga”, like something out of a fairy tale.

    I hope you like know more about Spain. Its very beautiful.


  • suzyspellbound says:

    YES! you MUST go, I love it there so much, I have been a few times (lucky I used to get to go there for shopping trips for work) and I have been there on holiday. There are so many amazing places, to eat, drink, shop and see. The people are so lovely its such an awesome beautiful, inspiring place! And the sagrada familia is a must, its so strange and beautiful it will stay with you forever. There is so much art and creativity I can see why so many people would like to move and live there…for me I like to keep it as a wonderful place to escape too!

    suzyspellbound Reply:

    Oh and so much colour…you’ll love it!

  • Anaïs says:

    Have you seen the buildings by Hundertwasser yet?
    They’s equally amazing!

  • Brittany says:

    Oh, my gosh, this is AMAZING!! I didn’t know such magical buildings as this existed! I almost studied Spanish in Barcelona a few years ago and it didn’t work out. Now I’m even more sad it didn’t happen!

  • Andrea says:

    During a trip to Barcelona in 2006 I visited Casa Batlló :) It’s really impressive.
    The terrace was my favorite part, so surrealstic!

  • Laura says:

    i love gaudi, especially casa batllo, it’s so beautiful:)

  • Afef says:

    I hope to visit these next september when i’m in Barcellona with a friend :D xxx they look so pretty!

  • Lena says:

    That’s probably where the word ‘gaudy1 comes from!

    The first one reminds me of a fish.

  • Isabella says:

    You should also check out Friedensreich Hundertwasser, he was an Austrian painter and architech, His use of coulour was unbelievably amazing, as are his buildings.

  • HunterRose says:

    I visited Barcelona in 2009 and saw this beautiful building. I love art nouveau architecture. You should also check out Charles Rennie Mackintosh who was from Scotland also an art nouveau architect!

  • RRoxannet says:

    i was watching Amazing Wedding Cakes like a month ago and they made a cake of one of those buildings. thought you might like to see a photo. ;)

  • Christine says:

    The building in photos 1-3 looks like a magical castle that a mermaid would live in under the sea! So lovely! xo

  • nita says:

    doe, you seriously do need to visit Barcelona. i have been to the buildings in your post and if u think the outside is amazing you should see the inside and on the roof top! its truly magical, the architecture is enchanting. you should also visit Sagrada familia its the church thats still not finished, it towers above everything. visiting these buildings was the main focus of my trip to Barcelona and i was not disappointed. also for more surrealism check out the Dali museum (its a train journey out of Barcelona but not too far) if / when u visit :)

  • I love Gaudi! These buildings are on my list of ‘want to sees’ too : ).

  • Sarah says:

    I’ve been there! Gaudi’s work was my favourite part of visiting Spain. Seriously, it is breathtaking. His buildings are all around Barcelona, some of them are office buildings, there is the famous Sagrada Familia, and there are the buildings you’ve pictured here in the garden he designed. All of them can be seen by the public.

    You should go! It’s breathtaking!

  • Rose says:

    I spent a couple weeks in Europe this last summer, and spent part of the time in Barcelona. These buildings are absolutely amazing! The ones that kind of look like gingerbread houses are in a gorgeous park, and you can go inside of them. Definitely a great place for you! :)

  • Rose says:

    I’ve been there! It’s breath taking in person.

  • I thought the same thing as Lena, that his name is like our word “gaudy.” heehee Except I don’t think they’re gaudy at all…they’re straight out of a fairytale – beautiful!! How amazing it would be for that to be your norm.

  • My city is so incredible, i ‘m from Barcelona, and i will always say, that it’s like a fairy tale…
    Love it till the end…

  • Lucy (Fiery-Red) says:

    Want to live there!!!

  • Shannon says:

    The color in the fourth and fifth pictures is not good. It does not look like that in person.. People need to chill out on the editing..

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