Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".






Friday, 11 April 2014

Casa Batllo

We really liked this house..................


full of curves and a triumph of design and function


lots of surprises..........and 'oh my's!'


Its a fire place


huge amount of care and attention was paid to how natural light would pass through the house


this was the main room


the oak wood style and craftsmanship was exquisite



everything was themed around the sea and water


there was a central light well that carried light from high up off the roof down through all areas of the house......a brilliant piece of design that channelled light throughout the house



the tiles started off darker blue at the top and became increasingly lighter towards the bottom



Space was so well utilised



Huge attention was given to ventilation throughout the house; in the above photo the slots on the right hand wall open into the central 'well' area around which spirals the stair case - air and light came from this central well to all parts of the house


I was rather taken with the design of this sink


and even the ceilings were works of art



in the  garden and out on the roof....the trade mark broken glass and pottery artwork


chimneys cleverly disguised


can you guess what the roof work represents?


think mythical sea dragons.............


Gaudi......artist, architect extraordinaire and genius......










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