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Explore the Most Famous Gaudi Creations In Barcelona

Updated on March 23, 2015

Who is Antonio Gaudi and why do you want to get to know his works? He is one of the most famous architects ever to live in Barcelona. Present architects still admire his works and that is why you may wish to learn about his works. Antonio was born in Camp de Tarragona on June 25, 1852 to parents whose professions were boilermakers. Antonio developed his skill with 3D design back then in part from watching his parents perform their jobs. Gaudi went on to develop a love of architecture at an early age. He received an education in Barcelona, a city in Spain that is home to some of his best creations.

Antonio was one of the architects to work in the Catalan Modernista movement. However, his style eventually transcended beyond this style as he developed his own unique, organic style that was influenced heavily by natural forms. His style is popular for its freestyle form, texture, color, organic nature, and sensual feel. Antonio Gaudi's works combine geometric shapes with vibrant ceramic tiles, decorative stone or brick, and metalwork depicting natural elements. What are some of his works in Barcelona? Read on to discover the answer.

Casa Milá

Casa Milá (also called La Pedrera) is one of the best known of Gaudi's Catalan Modernista works. It is a highly ambitious work by this talented architect and is reminiscent of an open quarry's facade, therefore, the nickname of La Pedrera. Pere Milá i Camps, an industrialist, decided to commission Gaudi to design this structure in 1906. It was to be a family residence with the addition of rental apartments. The structure is made up of two blocks of apartments with separate entrances with two courtyards linking them. The winding common facade exhibits the nature of the interior. Casa Milá signifies the change in direction for Gaudi's creations, as it was innovative in all areas of its design.

La Pedrera is a World Heritage Site according to UNESCO, which deemed it as such in 1984. Today, the Fundaciό Catalunya-La Pedrera uses this innovative structure for its headquarters and it also contains a cultural center that hosts a range of activities in Barcelona.

Casa Batllό

Casa Batllό is another fine example of the creative genius of Antonio Gaudi and it stands in the center of Barcelona. A wealthy aristocrat, Josep Batllό, contracted Gaudi to redesign this building, which was his home at the time. He and his family lived on the ground floor and the upper apartments were rental units.

The creation of this innovative structure occurred from 1904 through 1906 as a remodel of an existing building. Gaudi redesigned the walls to be wavy instead of flat. Once this was accomplished, he covered the exterior of the building in lime mortar along with ceramic and colored glass pieces in a mosaic design. The colors and shapes added to this building area are reminiscent of marine life, especially with the addition of the colors of natural coral. The roof of the building is animal-like with its curved shape. Casa Batllό is a vivid example of how nature influenced Gaudi's designs.

Park Güell

Park Güell is one of the most innovative and creative public parks in the world today. The park is another creation by Antonio Gaudi. Gaudi's design combines architectural components with gardens to provide a unique experience for all visitors. Count Eusebi Güell commissioned Antonio Gaudi to design and oversee the construction of this park from 1900 to 1914. It was originally intended to be a residential park that would also include sixty single-family residences. However, the park was never completed according to this original plan and failed. Therefore, the city took over the park in 1923. Regardless of the fact that it does not fulfill its original purpose, Park Güell is still a whimsical, colorful example of Antonio Gaudi's work today.

Visitors can walk through nature while observing the wondrous, modernistic creations of Gaudi. Gaudi artfully shaped nature into archways, galleries, and colonnades while skillfully hiding necessary support structures. The park plays with the mind, providing visual tricks such as ceramic-tile quilts for one thing. Visitors can also delight in the interesting views of Barcelona from the park. People, who walk through this park, get to know the artistry of Antonio Gaudi in-depth through his fanciful creations here, as he put his soul into this work of art.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia's towers make a bold, multi-colored statement in the city of Barcelona. This iconic church is in the L'Eixample and has been part of the city's architectural offerings since its inception in 1882. At this time, construction first began on this church under the watchful eye of Francisco de Paula del Villar, the diocesan architect who designed the original concept. Gaudi was then commissioned in the late part of 1883 to continue on with the work on the church. He dedicated the rest of his life to trying to complete the church. However, at his death in 1926 the church was still not completed.

Other architects have since continued on with the work, but have always kept Gaudi's vision in mind. Millions of visitors walk through the church each year to study the architecture, stained glass windows, multi-colored towers and exhibits of the history of the structure. In addition, future plans of the church are on exhibit. The church's projected completion is 2026.

Go to Barcelona and Explore Architectural Wonders

The above architectural wonders are why you will definitely wish to learn about their creator Antonio Gaudi. Plan a trip to Barcelona soon to behold his creations.

© 2015 Julia Cussler

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