Gaudi’s architecture is an important part in the culture and history of Barcelona. Architectures made by the late Antoni Gaudi are nothing but works of art to the locals of Barcelona as well as to the tourists who had seen them. Not only they are admired by the local people, but as well as architects across the world for Gaudi’s works istinctively characterized by unique and highly individualistic designs.
Born in 1852 in Reus, Antoni Gaudi received his Architectural degree in the year of 1878. Even from the very beginning, it can be seen that his works and design were completely different than the rest of his generation. His works were more of like forms of nature and not unlike others which are heavily influenced by other architects works and ideas. Gaudi’s architectural work heavily influenced Barcelona’s architecture as it can be seen that there are many examples of his stunning works of art all over of the city centre.
Most of Gaudi’s works have the organic look upon them. It is proof that his ideas are primarily influenced by nature. As such, it can be seen that his constructions are often of nature curved stones, twisted irons and shapes that are organic like. It was likely that his works are much different than his contemporaries that became the reason that he only received mediocre grades when he was studying in Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona. However, he received good marks for his ‘trial projects and drawings.’ After which, in five years time of hard work, he was awarded the title of architect.
His works of art which are characterized by interesting stone works combined with brilliant colours are what captures the sight of viewers, living them with awe-inspiring visual experience. These characteristics can all be seen in his numerous works of art, including the famous Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Palau Güel, Casa Vicens and more.
The Sagrada Familia, one of his masterpieces
One of his greatest works of art is the Sagrada Familia, even though he died before he was able to finish it. The giant basilica is simply magnificent and the most visited attraction in Barcelona. On the other hand, the Park Güell is a magical park containing magnificent tile works, buildings and sculptures that were all designed by Gaudi. Found as well in the park is Gaudi’s old home that is now a museum open for the public.
The Casa Batlló is one of the most interesting houses and unusual as well that can be found in Barcelona. It is a modernist building and is one of the great buildings built by Gaudi on Passeig de Gràcia, the other of which being the La Pedrera. This building is famous for its initial appearance that is of ‘skulls’ that are in fact the balconies and the ‘bones’ being the pillars. Other architectures made by Antoni Gaudi includes the El Capricho on Comillas, Episcopal Palace of Astorga, Güell Pavilions, Casa Calvet, Bellesguard, Casa Milà, Church of Colònia Güell and Teresian College on Barcelona, Casa Botines on León, Bodegas Güell on Sitges and Artigas Gardens on La Pobla de Lillet. There are also architectural designs by Gaudi that were not built, including Hotel Attraction in New York and Franciscan Missions in Tangiers.
To know more about Gaudí, visit: Casa Batllo official website
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