The Work of Antoni Gaudi
Architect sometimes referred to as “Antonio Gaudi”.
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(b. Reus, Spain 1852; d. Barcelona, Spain 1926)
The son of a coppersmith, Antoni 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.
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But really you have to see these buildings to believe it.
Below is the apartment building, “Casa Mila”
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La Sagrada Familia
Monumental church dedicated to the Holy Family, Gaudi’s most famous work, the finest example of his visionary genius, the worldwide symbol of Barcelona and the Cathedral of the third Millennium.
The expiatory Temple of Sagrada Familia was begun in 1882 by the architect Francesc de Paula del Villar i Lozano, after certain divergences with the promoters and had begun only the crypt, gave up the direction of the work.
In 1883, Gaudi takes the direction of works and he will devote all its life to the realization of this monument leaved unfinished by his death in 1926
The Cathedral is a synthesis of his architectural knowledge with the complex system of symbolism and a visual explication of the mysteries of faith.
There would be extraordinary façades representing the birth, death and resurrection of Christ with eighteen towers symbolizing the twelve Apostles, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and the Christ.
The work was interrupted in 1936 when the crypt and Gaudi’s studio were burnt. The project was resumed in 1952 using existing drawings and models.
The Sagrada has should be able to accommodate more than 13,000 people, and the platforms, on the sides, a chorus of 1,500 people.
The whole of the building is an allegory of the Christian religion. The 170 height meters arrow will incarnate Christ.
The uniqueness and complexity of the project, make practically impossible to give a precise date of time necessary to build the remaining ten domes.
The most important factor is the firm will of a great number of people who wish to contribute to the completion of the temple. And carry out the wishes of Gaudi, “a Cathedral open for every buddy, a place of spirituality with the Christian message, a place of fraternity for all.