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Discover the unusual architecture of Gaudi en Barcelona

Gaudi’s Unusual Architecture Barcelona
Written by Allison

Casa VicensBarcelona has become a very popular destination with vistors from around the world who want to mix some fun and culture. But as you spend time exploring the streets of the city you will be able to enjoy all that the architect Antoni Gaudi has to offer. In fact here you are going to some of the most creative buildings ever in this part of Spain.

Even if you do not know anything with regards to Barcelona architecture or Antonio Gaudi as you wander around the streets of the city you will soon be able to identify which ones are his. They are really so unique.

If you are at all interested in learning more about Barcelona Gaudi then make sure that during your visit to the city you visit the following Barcelona buildings. As you explore don’t forget your camera to take some amazing pictures.

1.  Casa Vicens

This particular building was built between 1883 and 1888 and is the first to be designed by Gaudi. This building was home to one of the city’s wealthiest families who owned a ceramic factory and the facade (trencadis) clearly reflects this because of the wide variety of decorations on the building that have been created using ceramics.

2. La Pedrera

As well as being one of Antonio Gaudi’s main residential structures it also has proven to be one of the most imaginative buildings in the history of architecture. It is more of a sculpture rather than a building. The exterior is made up of stone that undulates along with balconies forged from iron that are based on the irregularities we find the world around us. Since 1984 UNESCO have recognised this building as a World Heritage site.

3. Parc Güell

This was built between 1900 and 1914 and is now another UNESCO World Heritage site. Within the grounds of this garden you will find series of very dynamically designed structures, including Gaudi’s own home. Like other buildings designed by this architect the exteriors have been covered in pieces of irregular shaped ceramics. However one area of the park that is particular popular with visitors to the city who which to explore Barcelona architecture more intimately is the Colonnade Hall along with the terrace made up of serpentine shapes.

El Drac de Gaudi at Finca Güell4. El Drac de Gaudi at Finca Güell

This is one of the biggest properties designed and built by Gaudi for one of his most influential clients Count Güell. However it isn’t the main building that is of much interest but rather the iron gate that provides entry to it. The cast iron gate links to the two buildings that make up this structure and is festooned with vegetal fantasies that are synonymous with the Art Nouveau period as well as a medallion housing the letter “G”. However the feature that most people find amazing to look at is the big iron dragon that houses the locking mechanism to the gate as was made by Vallet i Pique, who was a well known locksmith in the city at the time that this building was built.

About the author

Allison

Allison is a writer who has spent a number of years traveling around Europe before deciding to make Spain her home. Since then, she has spent a lot of time enjoying all that the city of Barcelona has to offer.

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