Destination…Spain!

I am in the midst of planning a trip to Spain next month. There are some obvious must-see sites for me being a designer. Studying so many of Antonio Gaudi’s works in architectural history classes, I am very excited to see these marvels with my own eyes.

Gaudi was a Spanish architect whose works were largely influenced by his loves: nature, religion, and architecture. Most of his works are concentrated in the city of Barcelona. After working under influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Modernista movement. His work transcended into mainstream moderism. His works are of an organic style inspired by nature. Not only are his works interesting in terms of style, it is hard to imagine how these magnificent works were constructed during the era in which they were. Here are a few of the Gaudi masterpieces in which I am looking forward to exploring!

Sagrada Familia –

A Roman Catholic church whose construction began in 1882 and is still not complete. It is not expected to be complete until 2026. In 2010 it was named a minor basilica by Pope Benedict.

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Park Guell –

A garden complex with architectural components situated on the hill of El Carmel in Barcelona. Park Guell is one of the largest architectural works in in South Europe.

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Casa Mila –

Originally built for a wealthy couple as a home, the property includes undulating curtain walls and the facade is self supporting. Again, this structure is typical Gaudi using organic, curved lines. Gaudi originally conceptualized the idea of this home as being a constant curve.

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Here is the roof of Casa Mila:

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Casa Batllo-

Originally designed for a middle class family in the middle of prosperous Barcelona. It almost seems as though the goal that Gaudi had was to avoid straight lines completely! The facade of this home is covered in mosaic tiles in hues of orange moving to blue.

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Have you been to Barcelona? What are your recommendations?

xo,

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Destination…Spain!

  1. Great post! I got to visit Barcelona last May and it is breathtaking! I didn’t think it was possible but Sagrada Familia is even more beautiful in person. Gaudi must visits are like you stated Sagrada and Park Guell – I even enjoyed Casa Batllo and Mila is beautiful from the outside but if I skipped the inside visit of both that would of been ok with me. Try to visit the Magic Fountain at night – grab a table/seat, buy a bottle of wine from the truck right next to the seats and enjoy people watching and the beautiful colors and sounds. Go all the way up the stairs to that building for beautiful city views. A trip to the Boqueria market is a must also… it is unlike any market in the states from tapa stands to wine tasting to beautiful candy displays and all the meat in the world. If you can score reservations – Tickets Bar is a very unique food experience. Have a great time… Barcelona is amazing.

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