Today we start a route through the work of Gaudí in Barcelona. Some of the stops, such as Sagrada Família or Casa Batlló, are well known by everybody. But some others are hidden gems of architecture and design.
PLAÇA REAL’S LAMPPOSTS
This is the very first work of Gaudí in Barcelona: twin lampposts crowned by dragons.
This is the most known out of the most unknown works of Gaudí in Barcelona. This building was the first one where Gaudí applied “trencadís”: the famous coating technique (made of broken ceramic tiles) that has become the skin of Barcelona. This is also the building that is more similar to the original one.
Casa Batlló is a unique building that represents the final fight between Saint George (Catalonia’s patron saint) and the dragon. Columns and balconies represent the bones of the victims eaten by the dragon, while the tile roof is its back and the tower represents the Saint’s spear.
By the inside, the sea’s ground is represented in wavy lines on ceiling and walls, and on colours and lights in each and every room.
PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA
Passeig de Gràcia is a Modernist artwork by itself. Here there are concentrated lost of work by different catalan modernist architects, such as Gaudí, Domènech I Muntaner or Puig i Cadafalch. In this street Gaudí designed, apart from a house, Casa Batlló and Pedrera, the lampposts (with a Mediterranean style and mixing lights with benchs) and also the pavement (representing the sea’s jellyfishes, seaweed and sells).
This building had a lot of controversy at the very beginning of its history given the innovative shape of the façade: it seems a quarry (that’s its name in Catalan: Pedrera). In the inside, there is the perfect housing for Gaudí with furniture also designed by him. The building is full of innovative solutions, even for today’s eyes.
This is a completely unique building in the world. Coming from a really long construction (the works began in 1883 and it is expected to be finished by 2030), this is the most iconic image of Barcelona. A forest made out of stone, light and colour, and inspired by the shapes of nature and Montserrat Mountain: this is the masterpiece of Gaudí.
That what was going to be a luxury residential area, came to be the most iconic park in Barcelona. Curve lines melting stone and forest, unreal stairways, a flight over Barcelona… and a dragon watching.
This is the last Gaudí’s work to open to public (it is since only a few months ago), and it’s still habited by its owners. This building is the most interesting one from an architectonic point of view, and there are even some parts of the house whose construction today’s architects cannot understand.