Favorite thing: Sagrada Familia - This is the amazing, unfinished church designed by Gaudi. From the outside, it is quite a sight to see, but if you do go to church, you must climb up to the top. The view from the parapets over Barcelona is breathtaking. Be warned, it is quite a hike up some very steep stairs.
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.
Well you'll find gaudi's architecture all around the city.This genial person is Barcellona.He was crazy?probably but he was a genius and some of his ideas are so great that you just have to se them.
Fondest memory: Search for Gaudi's art on the ramblas or in the garden,don't think just to the Sagrada familia,you will notice how deep is the link between this archtiect and his city...a genius!
You could easily spend days and days just contemplating over little details in the architectural richness of the city.
This is a beautiful detail from Gaudís masterwork "La Sagrada Familia" - not heart-formed in it's original setting of course.
The magnificicy of Gaudís facades are challenging and intriguing for the eye, filled with symbolics and hiding layers of secrets.
Over 100 years under construction !! ..Gaudi was the former builder and once he died other architect take over the mission to finnish it..but its seems a prank!! or a business because i guess after i will die the building will not being finnished !!
Gaudi has an iron believe in God (thats the reason of the building) and it was more or less as Bush ..in every sentence spoke by him the word God was in it ... but a tram cut his life when he already was very old
Gaudi Architecture is among one of my favorite things in Barcelona.
(b. Reus, Spain 1852; d. Barcelona, Spain 1926)
The son of a coppersmith, Antonio Gaudi was born in Reus, Spain in 1852. He studied at the Escola Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona and designed his first major commission for the Casa Vincens in Barcelona using a Gothic Revival style that set a precedent for his future work.
Over the course of his career, Gaudi developed a sensuous, curving, almost surreal design style which established him as the innovative leader of the Spanish Art Nouveau movement. With little regard for formal order, he juxtaposed unrelated systems and altered established visual order. Gaudi's characteristically warped form of Gothic architecture drew admiration from other avant-garde artists.
Although categorized with the Art Nouveau, Gaudi created an entirely original style. He died in Barcelona in 1926.
Fondest memory: Casa Batllo Commentary
"Mighty pillars that appear to resemble the feet of some giant elephant are the first thing to meet the eye of the passerby from street level. The roof reminds him of a completely different animal: it is bordered by a jagged line similar to the backbone of a gigantic dinosaur. A facade extends between the two, including a number of small, elegantly curved balconies that seem to stick to the front of the house like birds' nests on the face of the cliff. The facade itself glitters in numerous colours, and small round plates that look like fish scales are let into it. There are no edges or corners here; even the walls are rounded in undulations and have in essence the feel of the smooth skin of a sea serpent about them."
Gaudí was born in Reus Spain, in 1852. He was the son of a coppersmith and studied at the Escola Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona. Here he designed his first major commission for the Casa Vincens, where he used a Gothic Revival style that set a standard for his future work.
Throughout his career he developed a sensuous, curving, almost surreal design style which established him as the innovative leader of the Spanish Art Nouveau movement. His characteristic style was admired from other avant-garde artists. He has been categorized within Art Nouveau, but he really created his own unique style.
He tragically died in 1926 after being hit by a tramway.
Visit Gaudi's works in Barcelona. What a creative mind; it really makes you wonder what the hell was going through his mind as he created all those great places. So glad that most of his works are so well preserved!
Fondest memory: jamon serrano -- you have to eat it -- so good!!!!!
Favorite thing: Visit this beautiful building,also built by Antonio Gaud? : LA PEDRERA is located in Passeig de Gracia one of best avenues in Barcelona.This apartment building was built between 1,906 to 1,910 for the Mila family.Is one of finest and most beautiful Gaudi creations.This building is designed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1,984,don't miss see all beautiful decoration in the facade and balconies.
Favorite thing: Not a straight wall to be found here in this one-of-a-kind apartment building. Go inside! The floors undulate, the doors are rounded, all surfaces curve!! My favorite work of architecture by Gaudi, hands down. Will somebody get me a price on an apartment here???
Favorite thing: This picture does not do it justice at all!!! The glass on the facade was like glitter and diamonds in the sunlight. You must see this for yourself! See the balconies inspired by Venetian masks?? Do not miss.
Enjoy Catalan Art noveau or Modernisme. Why don't you buy the Gaudi pass for all the modernistic buldings? You can go walking or by bike. Sagrada Familia is the famous one but ALL are mythical and unreal! I recommend that the visit star in Palau Güell, where you can get the tickets for all Modernisme buildings. Palau de la Musica Catalana ,don't miss Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller and Casa LLeó Morera. La Pedrera, Casa de les Puntxes. Finally, Parc Güell, quite crowded so leave it for the end. Visit the Olimpic Villa, listen to the sea, nice drink in Plaça Reial, enjoy El Born shops and bars, admire gotic churches and buildins in Barri Gotic, visit Museu Picasso and MACBA.
Fondest memory: I went to BCN in 1989 first time, since then i love it! at the beggining I thought it was a grey city(it was all in construction because of the Olimpics Games)it was in winter and it was cloudy and wet. After seeing the city, I thought it was open and nice , organize and different. Lots of cultural activities and always Gaudi. then in Madrid, I started to learn Catalan!
Gaudi was an innovative leader of his generation. Some catalogue him in the Nouveau movement, but for many he created a new style.
His art challenged the norm and pattern with sensous and seductive curves. Some say that his loved for nature was reflected on his monuments and constructions..... His work went in harmony with the the surroundings.
Visit the Gaudi buildings. Seeing these amazing creations is a marvel, and most are fully accessible. The Modernista architecture tour is also fascinating: a great tour to take on your own and still get lots of information.
Fondest memory: The first look at the Sagrada Familia from the rooftop of Casa Mila. After having only seen it in books and on film, the actual view from the distance was amazing.
The colorful Casa Batllo (Batllo House) is an apartment building located at No. 43 Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona. It was totally renovated by Gaudi from 1904 to 1906 on a commission from the textile industrialist Josep Batlla i Casaanovas. Along with two Modernista works, the Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch (1900) and the Casa Lleo Morera by Domenech i Montaner (1905), the Casa Batllo makes up the Mançana de la Discordia (Block of Discord), an allusion to the mythological Judgment of Paris.
One of the architect's most complete works, Casa Batllo reflects an intense yet abstract naturalism. Decorated with polychrome ceramics of both brilliant and subtle colors, it produces an indefinable sensation of lightness in spite of the profusion of forms and motifs. At the first floor level of the undulating facade is a striking stone structure in the form of a loggia (roofed open gallery) supported by columns that frame windows decorated with stained glass. The ceramics and multi-colored glass mosaics of the upper part are interrupted by aggressive iron balconies in the form of masks.
Crowning the whole is a suggestive tile roof over double garrets which evokes the back of a fantastic dragon. Also on the roof is a round tower with a floral dome topped with a four-branched cross, one of Gaudi's favorite motifs, behind which stand the colorful sculpted chimneys with their allusions to sturdy guardians.
Fondest memory: The interior impresses as well. An splendid hall stands at the entrance with winding stairs and attractively designed windows which are cast with changing blue tones according to the graduated colors of the ceramic tiles. The first floor was decorated by Gaudi who created some of his best interior design pieces for it in magnificently built fireplaces, wooden floors, furniture, stained glass, and wrought iron elements.