One of the reasons travellers flock to Barcelona is to imbue the avant-garde architecture built by the genius Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who has become internationally recognised as one of the top exponents of modernism. Gaudí worships nature and applies the law of it into his creation and in that context he created the most stunning works which were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as Works of Antoni Gaudí and thus, could not be missed when you happen to be in this elastic city of Spain.
A garden complex that houses a series of Gaudí’s designed building which was built between 1900-1914, the ‘trencadis’ – surfaces covered with irregular ceramic pieces which is the technique famous for Gaudí – are mainly featured here. The colonnaded hall as well as the terrace with serpentine shapes is the highlights in this park.
Gaudí was commissioned by a Spanish entrepreneur, count Eusebi Güell, to build a mansion between 1886-1888, and his creation was unique and stunning from the front iron gates which featured a parabolic arch and intricate patterns of forged iron-work.
One of Gaudí’s masterpieces, Casa Mila is widely known as La Pedrera and was built during 1906-1912. The building itself is more of a huge sculpture than a building with a varied and harmonious mass of undulating stone, as well as twisting wrought-iron balconies and windows.
Built between 1883 and 1888, Case Vicens is Gaudí’s debut work which was created as a residence for an affluent family who owned a ceramic factory. Hence, a variety of ceramic decorations could be seen while the Islamic architecture influences in its façade and some of the rooms.
CRYPT IN COLONIA GÜELL
The asymmetrical church and crypt was designed in 1898 and finished production in 1914. Gaudí designed the crypt to be built in basaltic stone bricks with mosaics which commemorate an outmoded look.
GAUDÍ’S WORK ON THE NATIVITY FAÇADE
& CRYPT OF LA SAGRADA FAMILIA
Perhaps the most famous and extraordinary work of Gaudí, the church has become the symbol of the city, although it’s not to be finished before 2026. Gaudí has combined Gothic and Art Nouveau forms in creating this architectural project in 1883-1926, which happened to be his very last one.
Gaudí created a total restoration of this old conventional house in 1904, using typical constructive elements of Catalan Art Nouveau, which featured ceramics, stone, and forged iron with very few straight lines. The ground floor in particular has unusual interlacing, lopsided oval windows and is decorated with sculptured stone work.
Text by Natasha P
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