Visiting Barcelona’s Parc Güell in the summer meant it was very hot and packed with tourists, but it was worth it to see the fabulous designs of Gaudí. High above the city, it contains some interesting gardens and pieces of architecture.
Everything is in his trademark Moderisme style; even the benches are abstract versions of benches.
The coolest things to me were all the amazing textures used, as well as the way he blended natural and artificial together.
Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona, Spain is a wonder of Modernisme architecture. Although I think of Gaudí’s style as being very rounded and natural, he also uses angles incredibly well. In the Passion façade, he uses stark angles to show the harsh bleakness of Christ’s passion and death.
In the interior, he uses organic angles on the tree-like pillars to give a sense of opening above. And outside, he includes many peaks that point heavenward.
Barcelona is home to a lot of stunning architecture, much of which is of a style not really found outside of the region.
Casa Bonet and Casa Amatller
Casa Bonet by Coquillat
One great example of its unique character is the Block of Discord on Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample district. This block has facades by four of the great Moderisme architects…yet each is perfectly unique.
It’s really hard to pick a favorite, though Casa Batlló is probably the most ostentatious and also the most famous.
Gaudí’s designs for the Sagrada Família church in Barcelona, Spain incorporate themes of nature in many ways. The columns look like trees, so that it feels like you are standing in a forest while in the church’s nave. (They also remind me of celery stalks a bit.) It gives you the same feeling of peace as if you were really surrounded by trees, with the light filtering down to the forest floor.
After some close-ups of architecture last week, let’s take a step back.
The cathedral in Palma de Mallorca, called La Seu there, is a classic example of Gothic ecclesiastical architecture. It was begun in 1229 and completed in 1601. The interior shows the expected grand nave, pointed arches, and rose window…with a few surprises.
Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí helped redesign some of the interior in the early 20th century. Over the altar is a canopy reminiscent of the one at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.