Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is a building in the center of Barcelona. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, is considered one of his masterpieces. A remodel of a built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that. Gaudí's assistants Domènec Sugrañes i Gras, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubió contributed to the renovation project; the local name for the building is Casa dels ossos, as it has a skeletal organic quality. It is located on the Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample district, forms part of a row of houses known as the Illa de la Discòrdia, which consists of four buildings by noted Modernista architects of Barcelona. Like everything Gaudí designed, Casa Batlló is only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense; the ground floor, in particular, has unusual tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. There are few straight lines, much of the façade is decorated with a colorful mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles; the roof was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.

A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George, plunged into the back of the dragon. The building, now Casa Batlló was built in 1877, commissioned by Lluís Sala Sánchez, it was a classical building without remarkable characteristics within the eclecticism traditional by the end of the 19th century. The building had a ground floor, four other floors and a garden in the back; the house was bought by Josep Batlló in 1900. The design of the house made the home undesirable to buyers but the Batlló family decided to buy the place due to its centralized location, it is located in the middle of Passeig de Gracia, which in the early 20th century was known as a prestigious and fashionable area. It was an area. In 1906 Josep Batlló still owned the home; the Batlló family was well known in Barcelona for its contribution to the textile industry in the city. Mr. Josep Batlló I Casanovas was a textile industrialist.

Mr. Batlló married Amalia Godo Belaunzaran, from the family that founded the newspaper La Vanguardia. Josep wanted an architect that would design a house, like no other and stood out as being audacious and creative. Both Josep and his wife were open to anything and they decided not to limit Gaudí. Josep did not want his house to resemble any of the houses of the rest of the Batlló family, such as Casa Pía, built by the Josep Vilaseca, he chose the architect who had designed Park Güell because he wanted him to come up with a risky plan. The family lived on the Noble Floor of Casa Batlló until the middle of the 1950s. In 1904 Josep Batlló hired Gaudí to design his home. Gaudí convinced Josep that a renovation was sufficient and was able to submit the planning application the same year; the building was completed and refurbished in 1906. He changed the main apartment which became the residence for the Batlló family, he expanded the central well in order to supply light to the whole building and added new floors.

In the same year the Barcelona City Council selected the house as a candidate for that year's best building award. The award was given to another architect that year despite Gaudí's design. Josep Batlló died in 1934 and the house was kept in order by the wife until her death in 1940. After the death of the two parents, the house was kept and managed by the children until 1954. In 1954 an insurance company named Seguros Iberia set up offices there. In 1970, the first refurbishment occurred in several of the interior rooms of the house. In 1983, the exterior balconies were restored to their original colour and a year the exterior façade was illuminated in the ceremony of La Mercè. In 1993, the current owners of Casa Batlló bought the home and continued refurbishments throughout the whole building. Two years in 1995, Casa Batlló began to hire out its facilities for different events. More than 2,500 square meters of rooms within the building were rented out for many different functions. Due to the building's location and the beauty of the facilities being rented, the rooms of Casa Batlló were in high demand and hosted many important events for the city.

The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos, as it has a skeletal organic quality. The building looks remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense; the ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. It seems. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues; the roof was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George, plunged into the back of the dragon; the loft is considered to be one of the most unusual spaces. It was a service area for the tenants of the different apartments in the building which contained laundry rooms and storage areas, it is known for its simplicity of sha

Sef Fa'agase

Sef Fa'agase, is an Australian rugby union player of Samoan descent. His usual position is prop, he plays for Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship and for Queensland Reds in Super Rugby. Fa'agase was moved to Australia as a young boy with his family, he played junior rugby union for the Beaudesert Warriors from the age of 12 to 15, Berrinba East State School where he spent a brief period playing rugby league and attended Shailer Park State High School. Fa'agase played for Wests Bulldogs in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition before being selected for the ARU's National Academy in 2012, he played for Reds A in the Pacific Rugby Cup in 2013 and 2014, joined the University of Queensland Rugby Club which won the premiership in 2014. The Brisbane City coach Nick Stiles recruited Fa'agase to play in the 2014 National Rugby Championship, he became a regular starter for the team during the season and was the starting tighthead prop in Brisbane's grand final win against Perth Spirit. He made his Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs on 7 March 2015, as the Reds' replacement tighthead prop


Montigny-le-Bretonneux is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. It is located in the south-western suburbs of Paris, 24.5 kilometres from the centre of Paris, in the "new town" of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, of which it is the central and most populated commune. Montigny-le-Bretonneux, the 6th town of the Yvelines department, has 36,000 inhabitants and is the central and principal town of the district Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, it is ideally situated at the heart of Yvelines, formed in the shape of a triangle in the south by la Vallee de Chevreuse and the massif forestier de Rambouillet, the towns of Versailles and Saint Germain en Laye in the north. The history of the town reflects that of a small traditional French village devoted to agriculture; the growth of the new town in the 1970s initiates the change from the village of Montigny-le-Bretonneux to the town. The town is found 25 km south west of Paris, 5 km from Versailles, at the heart of an agglomeration of 150,000 people, of which Montigny is the largest with 36000 inhabitants.

After two decades of steady urbanization, Montigny-le-Bretonneux is now completed, although the opportunity to create new housing is still there. In 2002, the State has decreed the end of the Operation of National Interest Statute establishing the new district of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, whose seven member municipalities have opted for a new intercommunal principal, the “Community of Agglomeration”. Montigny le Bretonneux has now passed the building phase – the frenzy of building that characterised the town is suitably balanced between neighbourhoods and business areas. Montigny has become a haven for St. Quentinois wishing to settle there; the parks were born in the 1970s and 1980s with the rise of the new town are and were in principle built to rehabilitate the economic heritage and to adapt to technological standards now imposed on businesses. Its economy is rooted in the service sector. Furthermore, several major headquarters of international companies have settled in the city; the future of Montigny le Bretonneux emerges in particular arrival of the national velodrome by early 2013, supported by the State, the French Cycling Federation, local authorities and a pool of business partners.

The building of the future Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Paris-Ile de France-West will be completed for the start of 2012. The town organises annual events; some are listed below: Le Vide-greniers. This important occasion happens in spring on the avenue Nicolas About: La Journée de l’Europe: organised in May, this day celebrates all European values. All the schools, businesses and societies join to celebrate the diversity with song and dancing. La Cavalcade – this is a huge event in the Montigny calendar in all quarters of the town; the municipal services and varying associations of Montigny come together for La cavalcade known in Britain as the Montigny Carnival. Each carnival is held every two years; the day is divided into three main events. The evening sees spectacular performances at the Ferme de Manet. La Vesprée takes places every other year. Similar to a large garden party, these soirées take place honouring educational and recreational aspects; the Fire of Saint John is organized the same year as the vespers.

At dusk, this evening celebrates the summer solstice. Everyone is invited to light the bonfire, whose flames are a celebration of light, dance to the rhythm of a popular dance. Day Auto-Moto Retro: this event organised by Montigny le Bretonneux and the Association of Old Pistons is held in early September, it is a parade of vintage vehicles whose owners are proud to present and discuss their "little miracles". These demonstrations are followed by a competition of elegance! Marché de Noël: For three days the Ferme du Manet installs a fantasy village in a magical setting of trees and light. A winter wonderland of gifts and crafts is put on within the village. Paris-Brest-Paris: A 1,200 km bicycle ride that takes place every 4 years, in late summer. Montigny-le-Bretonneux is served by Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines station on Paris RER line C on the Transilien La Défense suburban rail line, on the Transilien Paris – Montparnasseline N suburban rail line; the community has nine neighbourhoods. They are Manet, Pas du Lac, Plan de l'Eglise, Plan de Troux Prés, Saint Quentin, Sourderie Nord, Sourderie Sud, Village.

15 schools serve école maternelle students, 15 schools serve école élémentaire students. There are two groupes scolaires, or elementary schools. Public secondary schools: Junior high schools: Collège Alberto Giacometti, Collège de La Couldre, Collège Les Prés. Lycée Descartes de Montigny le Bretonneux is located in the city. Private schools: Collège Lycées Saint François d'Assise Institut de formation de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines The Institut culturel franco-japonais, a Japanese international school, is in the commune; the rainbow symbolises the vitality of the town. The dominant green colour symbolises the green space of the community, the Ferme du Manet and leisure facilities in the town; the four white stones and lily are the historical reference.