On Passeig de Gracia, there is my favorite Gaudi building, the Casa Batllo. I think he has done one hell of a job on this one. Some people said that it looks a bit disney-ish. True, a bit. But I personally think it is much much better than that. I love the organic concept/theme that he applied. Every element looks like a representation of part(s) of animals or plants. All the curves on the window/door frames and handrails are very sensual.
During the tour inside the building I heard that he didn’t use any drawings to build it. His method was just be there right beside the contractor and gave them instruction on how things should look like. I can believe that. I bet that this whole thing would be difficult to draft. It was already difficult enough to sketch. However during the museum visit inside the Sagrada Familia, I read that people found his drawings of Casa Batllo that were archived in one of the local universities. Gaudi apparently forgot to clean up after an exhibition where he showed his project. I am not sure which one is right. For all I know, I might have gotten my facts wrong because I listened and read too much thing on one day. But he remains as someone/an architect that I admire.
Here is my sketch of the roof top of Casa Batllo. 10 years ago they didn’t let tourist to visit the roof. I am so glad that they did now. Those chimneys and the roof tiles are so beautiful. My sketch does not do the reality justice. The chimneys look like a cotton candy now, but before it got overworked it looked like an in-pastel-color dyed cowhide.