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The life and work of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona

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A master at work

Assymmetrical layouts, slanting pillars, curved lines, pristine forms and colorful ceramic tiles on top: The Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí was an exceptional representative of the Catalan movement of the Modernismo and still characterizes the cityscape of Barcelona like no other.



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Anyone strolling through the Catalan city will come across the Catalan architect wherever he goes. There are numerous works to be found in Barcelona made by the artist born on June 25th 1852, as for instance Casa Batlló, Park Güell or Sagrada Família. His whole life took place in this city: He studied there, he lived there and, more importantly, he developed his architectural masterpieces there. Whoever walks around with their eyes wide open, will discover Gaudí's unique style throughout this entire city: Round, organic forms with unconventional and expetional patterns interspersed with foral elements. One will search in vain for right angles in Gaudí's works.

Creative buildings

In Barecelona’s center you often pass outstanding secular buildings. Casa Vicens (1883-1888) was the first big independent project of the young architect. It combines the traditional Spanish architecture and century-old Arabic traditions. The building already shows a few typical basic elements like near natural shapes or lighting colors. Casa Calvet (1898-1900) is known as the most conventional building of Gaudí. The rather inconspicuous building convinces with elegancy and the facades seem to be symmetric and harmonious, which is really untypical for Gaudí.

Eusebi Güell – Freund und Auftraggeber

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Gaudí’s work is closely linked to his mentor, the industrial Eusebi Güell. It’s due to him that Gaudí received plenty of his task and also a great part of his popularity and prestige.

In 1885 Eusebi Güell bought a site located above Barcelona with a view over the city. Five years later Antoni Gaudí should build a garden city. But the 60 originally planned villas found no prospective buyer, therefore only two houses and a garden were built. Building the park Gaudí avoided earthworks he simply adapted his plans to the hilly ground. That’s the reason why every single element integrates into the scenery so that a natural impression is created. Apart from the Cathedral Sagrada Família the Güell Park, which was declared as world heritage in 1984, was Gaudí’s biggest project.

Cathedral Sagrada Família

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The probably most famous work of Antoni Gaudí is the Cathedral Sagrada Família. Although the construction is still not completed it is the landmark of the city. In 1883 Antoni Gaudí took the lead of the construction works. Between 1914 and 1926 he completely committed himself to the Sagrada Família until he was killed by a tram on his way to the construction site. He was buried in the Krypta of the cathedral to find peace in the place where he worked most of his life. The crypt and the facade depicting Christ’s birth became UNESCO world heritage in 1984. In 2010 the Sagrada Família was consecrated and honored with the title Basilica Minor by Pope Benedikt XVI.


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Updated: 2017-10-04

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Hartmut Wimmer
2015-10-08
Schaut echt gut aus, die Architektur von dem Gaudi. Und eine wunderschöne Geschichte.
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2015-09-28
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