A Brief Look At Antoni Gaudi’s Works of Art and his Influence on Spanish Architecture

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi (picture from Wikipedia. Click image to go to Wikipedia.)

Antoni Gaudi is one of the most renowned architects in Spain and amongst the first widely known practitioners of Catalan modernism. While not many, his works are simply breathtaking and evoke a distinctive and individualized style that’s inspired from nature, religion and architecture. In his work, Gaudi considered every detail and managed to seamlessly integrate various crafts into his architecture in order to give his creations a unique touch. To offer some examples of those crafts, they included carpentry, wrought iron forging, stained glass and also ceramics.

Under the influence of Oriental and neo-Gothic art, Antonio Gaudi was one of the most noteworthy supporters of the Modernist movement, a style that reached its peak in the late XIX and early XX centuries. What’s interesting about the way Gaudi designed his creations is that he never really drew detailed plans, but actually created them as 3D scale models and went on to model the details along the way. Speaking of which, below we’re going to talk about some of his most popular creations that are now declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Park Guell

Barcelona, Park Guell

Barcelona, Park Guell after sunset

Park Guell was built between 1900 and 1914 and is considered one of the largest architectural works in S. Europe signed by the famed architect. What makes this project special is the peculiar use of plants and materials throughout the park, but as strange as it may look, it’s actually a treat for the eyes. This is especially due to the unique and intelligent use and combination of colors. While initially the park was part of a housing site that didn’t enjoy the success the project managers envisioned, it was eventually turned into a municipal garden that tens of thousands of tourists now visit every year.

Torre Bellesguard

Many travelers are actually confused when they hear about Torre Bellesguard for the first time. That’s because initially, the site was kept secret from the public for more than a century, but after a lot of debates, its door were finally opened to the public in 2013. This place can be found on the foot of the Tibidabo mountain and offers incredible views over the surrounding area. In fact, Torre Bellesguard is considered to be one of the most imposing and important works of art that Gaudi created, especially because it’s built on the ruins of the XV century residence of Martin I el Humano. Given its exclusivity and uniqueness, the site was declared a Cultural Monument of National interest and is highly regarded by Spaniards.

Casa Mila

Also known as La Pedrera or the quarry house, this site is one that’s certainly going to steal a lot more than 10 minutes from your time. The story of this structure is quite an interesting one and speaks of the desire of affirmation and determination of a couple of those times. Couple Mila wanted to build a house on the Passeig de Gracias and wanted to make sure that this house would be so special, that everyone passing by it would stop to admire its beauty.

After many months of searching for an architect, they finally stumbled upon Antoni Gaudi who happily accepted to build the house for them. The reason this structure is also known as the Quarry is because of its unconventional design that incorporates floors and columns that are free of load bearing walls.

Spain is an architectural wonder with hundreds of examples of unique structural design that’s inspired architects from around the world. Whether you come here to see these works of art through the eyes of a tourist or that of an expert, you’re going to be deeply impressed by their majestic scale and breathtaking design.

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