Antoni Gaudi

The work of Gaudi has always inspired me. Gaudi was inspired by natural forms, and used these natural forms to help his structural design in the architecture. Along with natural form, repetition was a key factor in his designs. 

One of his most amazing pieces of architecture is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. He took over from architect Francisco de Villar in 1883 and dedicated his life to the cathedral, until he died 43 years later when he was hit by a tram. Since his death the cathedral has been carried on being built, with the designs taken from Gaudi’s own plans. 

It is the most impressive piece of architecture I have ever seen, and even 126 years later it is still being built. I visited it a couple of years ago, and it was hard to believe with the current size of it, that there would be an even bigger tower built in the centre of what was there already. 

Sagrada Familia

The photo above taken from ‘The Temple of the Sagrada Familia’ by Josep Maria Carandell, shows how the cathedral currently looks, the tallest of these towers are 120m high. Right up the centre where the crane is will be a tower dedicated to Jesus, which will be 170m high!

Interior of the temple naves

I took this photo myself, it shows Gaudi’s influence of nature. The pillars represent trees, and the branches stretch out into the canopy above providing structure and support. 

These last two photos are my favourite, taken from the book ‘The Temple of the Sagrada Familia’ by Josep Maria Carandell, they again just show Gaudi use of repetition and nature.

Repetition used in temple

Stair case resembling patterns from spiral shells

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