Gaudí in Barcelona
Antoni Gaudí was the most important exponent of the Catalan Modernism. His inspiration came mainly from the nature and his unique and explosive personality led him to pioneer the expressionism and other avant gardist movements, like the surrealism.
The city that concentrates the most of Gaudí’s architectural production is Barcelona.
Plaça Reial (or Plaza Real in Spanish)
It is a square in the core of the gothic district. Famous for the life at night, the Plaza is one of the most fascinating and picturesque squares in Barcelona.
In the Plaza you can find one of the first work of Gaudí’s : wrought-iron street lamps.
While Gaudí was still studying, the Major of Barcelona charged him with the project of new lamps in Plaza Real. The most peculiar aspects of the lamps are the coiled snakes on the cupola and an helmet with wings, symbols of Mercury, the roman divinity oftrades.
It is the work that fully expresses Gaudí's profound religious faith. Started in 1882, it became the one and only ethic task of the artist so much representative of its creed that he moved in to work and study days and nights.
His works have always connections with the nature because it is God's creation, and his works were supposed to be a connection between men and God. The external façade shows the catholic Church : Jesus, Mary, the Apostoles and Saints. Its interior is like a forest were the columns are organized like trees trunks with their brunches and the light, penetrating in between, gives a pastoral atmosphere to the inner part of Gaudí's masterpiece.
Considered one of the most original of Gaudí’s works, it is located on Passeig de Gracia at door number 43.
As soon as Gaudí begun to work on it, he had already developed his own personal style, extremely innovative but functional first of all. Everything in the house is arranged around an open space, the patio or courtyard, in order to make it bright and airy.
Characterized by a sandstone façade, its covering is made alternating shining potteries and glasses and the first impression you have, due to the colored tiles too, is that of a big wave shattering on a rocky coast. The roof is covered with dazzling tiles as well, giving the idea of the skin of an ancient reptile or a colorful dragon.
The total effect is reality immersed in the imagination.
Built between 1905 and 1920, it is characterized by the innovative style of Gaudí.
The wavy shape is supposed to give the impression of a rock consumed by atmospheric agents like the waves of the ocean. For this reason it is also known as “La Pedrera”, that is to say the quarry.
The whole building develops around two curvilinear courtyards and it is organized like two different constructions with their own doors sharing just the first floor and the common façade. The 33 balconies of the five floors reflect the naturalistic vision of the artist representing the vegetable world.
Gaudí thought that the curved lines indicate God and the windows reflect this idea too creating spaces that suggest caves. The terrace is actually an extraordinary chimney exhibition.
It was projected by Antoni Gaudí at the beginning of the X century.
As he did for Casa Batlló, he used the trencadís technique, it means that he decorated all the attractions alternating shining potteries, glasses and colored tiles creating different kind of mosaics with waste materials. All around the garden everything represents fantastic animals.
The most visited place is the main terrace known as "Plaza de la naturaleza", it is sorrounded by a long bench that due to its shape seems a big marine snake.
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