Gaudi & Barcelona
Antoni Gaudi was one of the greatest representatives of Spanish Art Nouveau.
He designed not only buildings, but the inner spaces of his houses, street lamps and furniture etc. as well.
His unmistakable style characterized as organic architecture, often used Moorish, Gothic and Baroque elements, combining them with fabulous solutions in a special way: mushroom hat roofs, face-shaped windows, colorful mosaics from broken ceramic tiles, amazing works of a talented mind.
He could have been considered even a madman if the aldermen of Barcelona would have been somewhat more conservative, but instead of that many big orders were provided to him fortunately.
His largest, still unfinished work is the Sagrada Familia cathedral, the last great work of Spanish Catholicism. Legend has it that the plans so complex and ambitious, that the building can not be finished. "My client is not in a hurry" - Gaudi joked when he was asked about the scheduled deadline. At the moment it thought to be ready for the centenary of his tragic death in 2026.
It is an amazing architectural wonder and many people think it will be one of the wonders of the world once complete.
One of Gaudi's several surreal buildings in Barcelona, the secessionist house Casa Battlo which can be found under 43 Passeig de Gracia has been built according to the plans of Gaudi and of Josep Maria Jujol between 1905-1907. The house standing in one of the most distinguished quarters of Barcelona was being made for a middle-class family originally.
Looking at Casa Battlo it seems as if the main aim of designers was not other, than to avoid straight lines completely.
By the way Passeig de Gracia is the most beautiful and most imposing avenue of Barcelona, the Champs-Elysé of the Catalan city. Stretching from Avenida Diagonal to Placa Catalunya the best shops, businesses, restaurants, cafes and apart from Gaudi buildings (Casa Milà, commonly known as La Pedrera at 92, Passeig de Gracia) also other fantastic modernistic creations can be found here.