The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Pattern. Originally I planned to find a good one from my old friend – Hundertwasser but then after searching for a while, I found that it was a wrong direction. Pattern means something which has a certain degree of repetition or can be generalised. While one can easily identify a Hundertwasser’s style, it is difficult to find a pattern.
Luckily my other favourite architect Antoni Gaudi comes to the rescue. This picture was taken inside one of his masterpiece, Casa Batlló, which was originally a residential apartment. According to Wikipedia, it was originally built in 1877 with a very ordinary design. A man called Josep Batlló bought it and hired Gaudi to renovate it. Originally the plan was to demolish it and rebuild a new one but Gaudi insisted a renovation would be sufficient. At the end the masterpiece was completed in 1906. In this sense, Gaudi and Hundertwasser has the same capability – making boring things interesting.
The position I stood while taking the picture has a very good view to the glass roof and you can see the tile pattern on the wall – which is very Gaudi style. The time was close to evening and so the lighting towards the top has a very nice contrast with the bottom (which was lit up by warmer lights). It gave a bit variety on the repetitive patterns and also it felt like looking up in the sky from under the water.