For the love of architecture. The Best!


  • May 7, 2009
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Barcelona = Gaudi ; Gaudi = Barcelona.
That is an equation true to me. 
I don't know about the rest of the people, or the world for that matter. I only know these two are inseparable as far as I'm concerned.

When I was young, I aspired to be an architect. Even now, a small tiny hidden part of me still hopes to be one. It has to do with the thinking that architects leave their legacies behind and I'm big on legacies. 

Antonio Gaudi didn't die a poor man, financially he might have been poor, but his internal visions were so rich that Barcelona is a living evidence of that. Sagrada Familia shows us his devotion to God; it reveals to me the intricacies of a  man's mind & imagination. And to see a man's mind brought forth in such details is to be revealed a world unlike no others. It is a timeless gift a man has given to be enjoyed generations after generations. Gaudi was born in 1852, died in 1926... yet, those who continued his designs are still grappling with what they ought to be. For now, it's estimated the completion of Sagrada Familia shall be in 2026; a century after his death. Gaudi's designs typifies the Art Nouveau movement. His designs can be found in a palace (Palacio Guell), a park (Park Guell), a church crypt  (Colonia Guell), a multi family residence (Casa Mila) & an apartment building he remodelled (Casa Batlo). 

Gaudi is one special and talented architect. Much ahead of his time & the world is a better & different place because of his unique designs.

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July 14, 2009
I enjoyed reading this...... very illuminating! The pic is a great visual as well. I've been to Barcelona and am aware of his work. Thanks for sharing.
May 08, 2009
My daughter recently had the chance to go to Spain with her husband who was the doctor for a girls' soccer team, and she wanted to go to Madrid. I tried to talk her into Barcelona specifically because it would give her an opportunity to see Gaudi. As if happened they weren't going to near enough to either city so she opted not to go this time. Oh well.
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Dream big and believe in one's dreams. Gaudi epitomizes all that and more. He's now a Saint in Barcelona! What a legacy he's left behind!
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Name Antoni Gaudí
Birth date 25 June 1852
Birth place Reus, or Riudoms[1][2]
Date of death 10 June 1926 (aged 73)
Place of death Barcelona, Catalonia
Work Significant buildings Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló Significant projects Parc Güell, Colònia Güell

Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí i Cornet (25 June 1852–10 June 1926) – in English sometimes referred to by the Spanish translation of his name, Antonio Gaudí [3][4][5] – was a Spanish Catalan [6] architect who belonged to the Modernist style (Art Nouveau) movement and was famous for his unique and highly individualistic designs.

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Antoni Gaudí was born in the province of Tarragona in southern Catalonia on 25 June 1852. While there is some dispute as to his birthplace – official documents state that he was born in the town of Reus, whereas others claim he was born in Riudoms, a small village 3 miles (5 km) from Reus,[2] – it is certain that he was baptized in Reus a day after his birth. The artist's parents, Francesc Gaudí Serra and Antònia Cornet Bertran, both came from families of ...

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