Editor’s note: My outfit today is a blouse and skirt from Theory with Christian Lacroix shoes.
Happy Wednesday! Waking up to weather in the 50’s yesterday morning was SO delightful!! It crept back up this morning....but we will have our first real fall-like day on Friday when we won’t get out of the 60’s. If it is chilly enough in the house I will make a fire Friday night when it gets down to the 40’s. I LOVE my first fire of the year! After 2 years in my new office I finally had to add more shelves in the back to move older projects back there. My new projects were taking over every available surface.....it was making it hard to work. With the help of Diego ( everyone needs a Diego in their life!) we got the Elfa System shelves hung and 2 hours later things were all moved around. It feels so fine to have space again on my tables! Especially since we are starting two new projects. One of my Fort Worth projects may have a buyer for their existing house.....which means the heat is on to get the remodeled house finished. I got up early yesterday morning to work on my Christmas cards (I am determined to meet my deadline of October 30th!) but spent the time scheduling people after I finished breakfast. Oh well.... work comes first and so do my clients. I got a lot of ducks in a row to get the job completed. The new buyer may want the house in only 3 weeks from signing the contract..... I sure hope we can line up a mover! First things first....we will know this week if the house is sold. To be honest the thought of a huge installation in November with everything else going on is a little daunting.....but somehow I always get it all done! I will work my magic!
The blog today is on 10 “must see” Gaudi buildings in Barcelona . Mackenzie found the article and the buildings are fascinating! When my best friend Beast recently traveled to Barcelona and posted a lot of the Gaudi buildings.....I really did not realize the importance of them. Beast studied architecture at Yale ...and she tends to know something about every subject in the world... so it is no surprise to me that she already knew of this famous architect. I have never been to Barcelona ...I hope to one day though! Antoni Gaudi, whose life spanned from 1852 to 1926 was one talented man. Enjoy these incredible buildings and have a super day!
Casa Vicens is considered one of the first Art Nouveau buildings in the world. Gaudi is known for this style of architecture. Built between 1883 and 1888 this was built for a wealthy family that owned a ceramic factory. The intricate use of tile in the “trencadis” facade was a nod to the owners and their ceramic industry. The elaborate balconies , and the additional architectural details added onto the building are amazing. It is a reflection of Neo-Madejar architecture blending oriental and neoclassical design. I am fascinated with these buildings....so please forgive me if I sound like an architectural class in school!!!!
This sends me to the moon! Gaudi’s use of colorful tiles and gingerbread-like edges is such an impressive eyeful. Notice how every surface is adorned with detailing.
Casa Milà is referred to as “the stone quarry” because of it’s “rough-hewn” exterior. This was Gaudi’s last residential project and considered to be one of the most imaginative houses in architectural history. It is like one huge sculpture. The roof terrace is supposed to be incredible. I could stand and stare at this for hours. What architects can create in their mind and then execute astounds me.
The design for the entrance halls consisted of paintings that reproduced tapestries of mythological themes. The pictorial effect creates an illusion that you are going up or down a staircase floating alongside a garden. So much thought goes into every single one of Gaudi’s buildings. What an inspiration he is!
Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, the count of Güell, commissioned Gaudi to create Parc Güell. This was built between 1900 and 1914 and is a garden complex of a series of buildings. Gaudi lived here. Maoist buildings have irregular ceramic pieces covering the surfaces which is true to his style.
This is right at the center of the park and is commonly referred to as the “The Greek Theater” or “Nature Square”. Part of the wall is dug straight into rock! I just love Gaudi’s signature use of tile-shard mosaic.
The Güell family were one of Gaudi’s largest clients. Palau Güell was the palace where the family lived. Built between 1886 and 1888 the exterior is considered to have a “sober facade” that does not resemble other projects . This building is now the UNESCO World Heritage site and open to visitors. The roof counts and chimneys are said to resemble fir trees.
This palace was built in the late 1800’s for a wealthy and faithful patron, the industrialist Eusebi Güell. Parts of the Palau Guell remind me of a Venetian palace. This magnificent staircase leads to the Beletage, the family home of the landlord. I would die and go to heaven to visit this mansion!
Colonia Güell is an irregular church ( as if any of his buildings are regular!) built in 1989. It is unfinished due to the fact that the Güell family lost profits in 1914.... so only the crypt is finished. The geometric columns on the exterior and interior are typical of Gaudi’s designs.
The buildings at Finca Güell were designed by other architects.... but Gaudi was commissioned to remodel the house and add the perimeter wall. This outstanding gate represents the mythical dragon from the Garden of the Hesperides and was manufactured by a locksmith. WOW!
Casa Batlló is nicknamed the House of Bones because of the skeletal design of the balconies. There are also “bone-like” columns and irregular oval windows. The roof resembles the back of a dragon. There is a theory that the turret and cross is supposed to represent the lance of Saint George plunging into the back of a dragon. Saint George is the patron saint of Gaudi’s home Catalonia. The imagination of this man and his talent remind me of the greatness of Michelangelo.
The details of this Casa amaze me! Among many other elements, the organic shapes Gaudi used with the stained glass panes and the wavy ceiling is said to evoke the strength of the sea. Also, the large oak doors and doorways are particularly noteworthy.
Casa Calvet was also commissioned by a family for their private residence. The Calvets were textile industrialists. Built between 1989 and 1900 on one of the most elegant sections of Barcelona it is considered to more conventional in its design . The roof is topped with two pediments that house statues of San genius and Saint Peter.... Calvet Saints. The rhythm of the balconies is true to form of Gaudi’s work.
Casa Calvet is known to be one of Gaudi’s more conservative designs. Although the design is symmetrical you can still see his design characteristics of curved lines and colorful tile in certain details.
The church La Sagrada is considered to be Gaudi’s most famous work. It began construction in 1892 and is expected to be finished in 2026 to commemorate the hundredth year of Gaudi’s death. The building was originally started by architect Francisco de Paula del Villar ( these names are so grand!).... but he resigned in 1883 giving Gaudi the opportunity to take over as chief architect. The remainder of his life was devoted to this project. Gaudi died in 1926 at age 73 and the project was only a quarter of the way finished. The spires represent the Biblical figures of the New Testament. The tallest spire represents Jesus Christ. I love that the article says that Gaudi believed that his creation of this incredible church should not surpass God’s creation. This man was certainly blessed with an incredible talent.
Gaudi created these columns to resemble tree trunks so visitors would feel as if they were in a forest rather than a church. To give visitors more of an illusion the top of the columns branch outwards like tree branches. The stained glass windows are the church’s main source of light, and they are meant to set the mood depending on what area of the church you are sitting. At the very top the glass is transparent to illuminate the church. As they descend the color hues deepen to create settings for prayer, meditation, and reflection.
The Cascada Fountain at Parc de la Ciutadella was Gaudi’s first project. It was designed for the universal exhibition in 1888 by Josep Fontsere in 1881....with Gaudi as his young assistant. The inspiration came from the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
What an amazing man who left behind a legacy of his outstanding work. Bravo Gaudi!
“10 MUST SEE GAUDÍ BUILDINGS IN BARCELONA” article featured on GloboTreks.com
This is so true!
Last night I had butternut squash and orange Roughy. Yum!
Such a sweet song!