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Trip Report 4 Gaudi’s works in Barcelona

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Antoni Gaudi’s organic and unique style in architecture has influenced the world profoundly and I admire his work so much for a long time. “Organic” is such a great, and truthful word to describe Gaudi’s work. He regarded a building as a human body covered with skin, the structure itself were flesh and bones, so it’s curvy, and it has an element of randomness to the way he created art. He had lived a long life and left the world many great works to appreciate - most of them are in Barcelona.

Park Güell (1900–1914)

I guess it took the time to shape an artist character and style, and it must be the reputation and incredible experience accumulated that gave patrons confidence to hire Gaudi and create something so bold and striking at that time. In the “Naturalist period”, Gaudi explored and applied organic shapes from nature to his architectural design, in almost every aspect. My favourite patk of the park is definitely the big square – an organic, spacious balcony overlooking the cityscape of Barcelona, from where you could see the La Sagrada Família and all the way to the coast.

Casa Batlló (1904–1906)

Another striking work from Gaudi was to renovate an old building in the city of Barcelona, and basically, he transformed it entirely to something most people think “radical” at that time as the building looked so different from the building standards in the city.

It was a love at first sight. The house could be spotted far away on the street with its fences of balconies that looks like eye masks in the Phantom of the Opera.The fashionable casa was actually not big but to me, why it felt so “complete” – because the house was dressed H2T. Every corner and every turn there was a story and there was a surprise as if Gaudi had touched every inch of it. It is difficult to deny the amount of thought that the great architect had put into it; from the mosaic roof, the curvy tiles, the wicked staircase, the strange chandeliers…. All of them were the combination of genius math, physics and art.

Casa Milà (1906-1910)

Another mansion, better known as La Pedrera, a walking distance away from Casa Batlló. It was said to be Gaudi’s last civic work before he dedicated to La Sagrada Família. Same as Casa Batlló, it was at first mocked and judged by the locals regarding its rather “horrifying” exterior and “eccentric” perspectives. Time will tell.

It was a larger building and everyone should have seen, or remembered the crooked set of chimneys that looked like soldiers wearing iron masks. At that time, terraces were merely considered as an area of waste, or house work for the luxury apartments downstairs, but Gaudi didn’t neglect the slightest details to his work.

La Sagrada Família (Until now)

La Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s final project in his career and he dedicated the final part of his life. The beauty of Sagrada Familia is almost impossible to summarize. I think it would take a few dates to thoroughly explain every detail and meaning of Gaudi’s design of the structure.

I am the MOST passionate (& fascinated :P) about the 2 façades - the Nativity Façade and the Passion Façade. One of them is complicated, classic and busy. The opposite one is clean, simple, modern… The Nativity Façade depicts the birth of Jesus Christ, sculptures (plants and animals and saints) organically ornate the façade without an inch of blank space. The Passion Façade represents the Passion of the Christ. The entire story-line is vividly laid out one by one on the façade with modern giant sculptures.

The 2 façades face Northeast and Southwest, forward and backward, covered and bare, hard and soft, organic and passionate, live and death…

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