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Gaudi Made Simple

Updated on September 3, 2016
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Gaudi's Architecture


God's Architect

Antoni Placid Guillem Gaudi I Cornet
(6-25-1852 to 6-10-1926)
Antoni Gaudi means (servant of God) and he earned the name “God’s Architect.”

Three things influenced Gaudi's architecture:

*Nature - mountain of Montserrat, caves of Mallorca and
Saint Miquel de Fai

*Religion - Roman Catholic - (Nicene Creed)

*Architecture - Doric, Baroque, Gothic and more

Gaudi’s creations:

* Trencadis - a use of wasted ceramic pieces

* Equilibrated System-style of architecture - a form that could stand on its own without internal bracing or external buttresses

* Formed a wrought iron company in 1902 with painter Joan Llimona

Famous quote:

“There is no better structure than a trunk of a tree or a human skeleton.” Antoni Gaudi

Gaudi's humble to honor

He began his working on lampposts and news stands. He became known for building low walls, dropped ceilings, sliding doors, skylights, supurb ventilation, floors clustered with lily pads, and south facing buildings to maximize the sunlight.

Student work

The first two works are Gaudi's as a student:

Cave to Canvas - Cemetery Gate


Number One - Cemetery Gate

Cave to Canvas - Cemetery Gate - (Barcelona, Spain)

Year: 1875 - geometrical influenced

Fountain in Placa Catalunya


Number Two - Fountain

Fountain in Placa Catalunya - Barcelona

Year 1877 - Doric influence

Gaudi's apprentice work

The next is a work when Gaudi was an apprentice:

Casacada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella


Stats - Casacada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella

Casacada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella (Barcelona, Spain)

Year 1881- Gaudi assisted designer Joseph Fontseri

Architect Antoni Gaudi

The following works are Gaudi standing alone as an architect:

Casa Vicens


Stats - Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens (Catalonia, Spain)

Years: 1883 - 1888 - Gothic influenced

Palau Guell


Stats - Palau Guell

Palau Guell - (Barcelona, Spain)

Years: 1886 - 1888 - use of the trencadis technique

Episcopal Palace


Stats - Episcopal Palace

Episcopal Palace - (Astorga, Spain)

Years: 1887 - 1893 - Neo Gothic influence

Stats - Casa de los Botines

Casa de los Botines - (Leon, Spain)

Years: 1892 - 1894 - Neo Gothic influence

Barcelona, Spain:
Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN), 08820 El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain

get directions

La Sugradad Familia, Barcelona, Spain:
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

get directions

La Sugradad Familia


Most Famous Work

La Sugradad Familia - (Barcelona, Spain) - Neo Gothic influence
Years: 1892 to present - Gaudi died while this building was under construction and it is hoped to completed in 2026 to commemorate the 100th year of Gaudi’s passing. The date 2030 is also given by some sources.

Casa Calvet


Stats - Casa Calvet

Casa Calvet - (Barcelona, Spain)

Years: 1898 - 1904 - influenced by Baroque style

Colonia Guell


Stats - Colonia Guell

Colonia Guell - (Barcelona, Spain)

Years: 1898 - 1914 - Gothic influence

Parc Guell


Stats - Parc Guell

Parc Guell - (Barcelona, Spain)

Years 1900 - 1914 - use of the trencadis technique

Casa Figueras (Bellesguard)


Stats - Casa Figueras (Bellesguard)

Casa Figueras (Bellesguard) - (Barcelona, Spain)

Years: 1900- 1909 - Neo Gothic influence

Casa Batllo’


Stats - Casa Batllo’

Casa Batllo’ - (Barcelona, Spain)
Years: 1875 - 1877 built - 1904 - 1906 restored by Gaudi
Influenced by Baroque style
Casa Batllo’ built in equilibrated style invented by Gaudi

La Pedrera (Casa Mila)


Stats - La Pedrera (Casa Mila)

La Pedrera (Casa Mila) - (Barcelona, Spain)

Years: 1906 - 1912 - use of the equilibrated style

There is more Gaudi

This is not an exhausted list of Gaudi’s works just a sampling to get a feel for his architectural style.

Gaudi House Museum

There is a museum dedicated to Antoni Gaudi located in Guell Park called the Gaudi House Museum. It opened on September 28, 1963. It cost 5.50 Euro and takes about 20 minutes to see it.

Address: Carretera del Carmel/24/Guell Park 08024
Barcelona, Spain
Phone number: +34 932 193 811

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