Antoni Gaudí was a Spanish architect who could safely be termed the epitome of the Catalan Modernism in the nineteenth century. Today, Antoni Gaudí works are known as a result of the perfect portrayal of his imaginative capabilities to develop professionally made planes and being able to get them done. However, the most distinctive aspect of Antoni Gaudíwas his aesthetic and very interesting design of exteriors, which have been subject of many research and studies around the world.
His focus was always nature, something he immensely appreciated and actually molded every work of his. Every one of his edifications were perfectly designed to fit in a symbiotic way with its environment, making every work of his a piece of art and a masterpiece work from a master himself.
In this article we are going to show you seven of his best works, all part of UNESCO World Heritage List. All of these artworks portray the evolution of architecture and construction techniques from the finals of the XIX and the beginnings of the XX centuries.
This very peculiar place is beautiful, like a design taken out of a fairytale, which portrays the passion and enthusiasm of the architect for natural forms.
In this work, Gaudí wanted to explain how human intervention in that forest can be integrated into the natural landscape of this beautiful place. By looking at a picture of this park, you can see how he tried to add nails, mushrooms, leaves, flowers, elephants, dogs and many other natural forms into the design with the use of mosaics. Even the chimney bell has an inverted mushroom shape.
Even though the name seems similar to the Güell Park, it has nothing to do with it. Located in Barcelona, this family house from the Count Guëll was built between 1886 and 1888 and has the perfect Catalan design of that age.
With a huge entrance door, wonderful parabolic door arches and forged iron bars, alongside the Cataluña shield and a winged dragon, this edification emphasizes the use of space and light in a masterful way.
This is one of the widely known edification in the world, also called “LaPedrera”,it is one of the most important works made by Antoni Gaudí.
This house impresses almost all viewers and visitors due to his exterior design, just like a quarry but with a more opened sky, this house was made as an assignment made by Pere Milá and his wife SegimonArtells which Antoni Gaudí made for a very high amount of gold. However, his love for the art wasn’t taken out of his love for the money, as this house has made a big impact in the history of architecture.
The Sacred Family Basilica
This Basilica, known as the Sacred Family is one of the best masterpieces made by Gaudí, the one with the biggest and widely known recognition in the world, and the greatest exponent of Catalan architecture. It is the most visited monument in Spain and was built in 1883 by Gaudí, who improvised its entire construction and ended with a completely different building than the one on his plans.
This was the latest of AntoniGaudí works; one he spent 15 years of his life making and he never finished. Still, the Basilica looks as it was planned in its entirety and completed with no problem. But only when you look in the inside and study certain parts of the edification, is when you can see that it was never finished.
The Batlló House
A masterpiece in shape, color, and light, this building located in Barcelona center, is one of the most emblematic works of this architect.
He worked on this project with the best artisans of the city in the 1900s, something that helped him develop the best details and work with the most difficult materials. From wood to glass pieces, forged iron and even broken pieces of pottery and sandstone from Montjuïc, this wonderful building was planned to be the perfect example of Catalan architecture and be an example to the world.
The building is completely functional as it is beautiful, with great chimneys and ample spaces to allow air flow, translucent glasses to allow light entrance and a perfect use of little details that make it beautiful and able to function as any type of building. Overall, a masterpiece in function, style, looks, and design that explain how Antoni Gaudi works were and still are so important for architecture.