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The changes made by GaudÝ on the old building were radical and affect all the building. In fact the building of GaudÝ is a new building.
GaudÝ added a gallery, the balconies and the polychrome ceramics.
Inside, the spaces were totally reorganized in order to obtain in it more natural light (the courtyard is covered with blue ceramic progressively brighten to assure the same or similar light on top and on ground) and ventilation. GaudÝ also added two floors to the building.
Outside, GaudÝ carried out one of the most impressive and brilliant urban fašades of the world. He used for it the typical constructive elements of the Modernisme (Catalan Art Nouveau) as the ceramics, the stone and the iron forged. The facade is impressive so much if is contemplated during the day as during the night, under a special lighting.
A lot of prestigious artists had been working in it under GaudÝ instructions (following Permanyer), specially: the architects Josep Maria Jujol and Joan Rubiˇ i Bellver on fašade, the brothers Badia in iron, the carpenters Casas i Bardes, SebastiÓ Ribˇ made the ceramics and the Tallers PelegrÝ the glass cases - see GaudÝ collaborators -.
Awarded as one of the three best buildings of the year 1906 by the Barcelona city Council.

The fašade covered by mosaics of splendid colors is perhaps the most suggestive, creative and original of the city of Barcelona.
The balconies remember pieces of skulls with its eyes and mouth.
The columns of first floor look like human bones.

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