Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I visited Spain in 2000.  I remember walking down the Passeig de Gracias in Barcelona and seeing this wondrous building:

It was so weird, so fantastical, so beautiful. If a building was a mermaid, this is what it would look like. I just assumed this building was designed by a new contemporary, conceptual artist, but it wasn't. Casa Batllo was built in 1877 by architect Antoni Gaudi. If I was well versed in architecture I can go on about the influences of Catalan Modernisme, but I'm not, so I'll just say Gaudi designed buildings that are viscerally striking and are like a sugar rush when you first see it.  

It almost seems like Gaudi is trying not to have any straight lines in his designs.  The Casa Mila is a prime example of this. It's undulating lines is evident on the exterior and the interior, as well as with the furniture inside. 

Of course, the Sagrada Familia is Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece. When Gaudi died in 1926, the Sagrada was only 20% completed. When we visited in 2000, it was still under construction. They expect to be completed by the year 2026, the centennial of Gaudi's death. It's hard to describe this church in layman's terms, there is so many symbolic meaning in every aspect of the church, from it's spires to the facade to the interior. 

Sagrada Familia

Inside the Sagrada Familia
Rear facade of the Sagrada Familia
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Barcelona, Spain, I would definitely recommend visiting as many of the Gaudi designed buildings as possible.  They will blow your mind and allow you to see how far your imagination can take you. 

(photos via Doe Deere Blogazine, John Dolan via Scent of a Passion, Sagrada Familia photos by Charmaine Yambao and Rose Wood)


  1. A definite destination when I someday go to Spain! It's too bad we don't have as many spectacularly beautiful architecture here in the US as they do in other countries like Spain!

    1. I agree, the buildings in the states do not have the same flair, but then again the US needs someone like Gaudi to create fanciful architecture. When your family goes to Spain, must make it a point to visit Barcelona.

  2. How nice to see these images. We are planning a trip to Barcelona over the holidays and Gaudi's work is definitely at the top of my list of things to see while there.

    1. Envy you...wish we can go back again. Didn't include on this blog post, but definitely check out Gaudi's Park Guell as well.


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