Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The glorious world of Antonio Gaudí

Wow, life is crazy right now! I've barely had a chance to breathe, let alone blog! So this is going to be very short but very sweet. When I logged onto Google this morning, I was pleased to discover that today marks the 161st birthday of awesome architect and visionary Antonio Gaudí. It made me smile and I was going to leave it at that when I had the sudden thought that some people may not know who this incredible man was and (more importantly) that they may never have seen pictures of the truly spectacular buildings that he designed. So consider this a little lesson in modern architecture:

Antonio Gaudí was a Spanish architect and many of his buildings can be seen in Barcelona, Spain. His work is famously influenced by elements from religion, nature, architecture and mechanics, and he famously integrated crafts (ceramics, stained glass, ironwork and carpentry) into his designs. Gaudí was a visionary unlike any other, and his buildings are some of the most visited sites in the world. He is truly one of my favourite architects of all time. Here're some examples so you can see why:

Casa Milà
Also known as Le Pedrera, meaning "The Quarry", this building was completed in 1912. Situated in Barcelona, Spain and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Casa Battló
Locally known as Casa dels ossos, meaning "The House of Bones", this building was originally constructed in 1877 by one of Gaudí's teachers Emili Sala Cortés. In 1904, it was redesigned by Gaudí and is now considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona.

Park Güell
Originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, Park Güell is now a municipal garden situated in Barcelona and is home to Gaudí's famous salamander sculpture El Drac or "The Dragon". Completed in 1914, it is one of the largest architectural works in south Europe and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sagrada Família 
This Roman Catholic church in Barcelona is the last architectural project that Gaudí was working on at the time of his death in 1926. Despite it being incomplete, the church was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is renowned for it's amazing interior, especially the ceiling details of the nave.