By Jeremy Roe
The ebook undertakes a serious survey of the structure of Antoni Gaudí, drawing at the most up-to-date educational examine and followed through documentary illustrations and a photographic essay of his paintings. the outlet chapters supply an advent to Gaudí's biography and the social and cultural context of Barcelona amidst which he built his striking and unique structure. Following this his paintings is tested in 4 specific chapters. the 1st chapters supply a survey of Gaudí's improvement as an architect via tracing the contribution he made to 2 components of structure; first of all his secular, household structure, together with the outstanding Casa Milá; and secondly his designs and accomplished structures for the Church, reminiscent of the Episcopal palace in Astorga. the ultimate chapters additionally offer a survey of that spans a lot of Gaudí's existence, yet focused on the single hand at the constructions developed for his purchaser Eusebio Güell and at the different the huge and international popular church of the Sagrada Familia. serious research is obtainable of every of his constructions with the purpose to spot the advance of his unique architectural type.
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Of these urban projects the majority were for Barcelona, and they are landmarks in the city’s growth. All the buildings offer important perspectives on the social and cultural aspects of the Catalan Renaixença. Not only does this series of commissions document Gaudí’s reflection on Catalan traditions of architecture, but they also serve as a testament to the economic development of Barcelona and a new class of wealthy patrons; it is interesting to note that a number of these houses combined offices and warehouse space for the commodities which their owners dealt in.
Casa Milà, Sculpted chair designed by Gaudí. 30. Park Güell, Leaning columns of the viaducts (balcony). 53 Gaudí’s Barcelona The role of the assistant does raise the question of authorship in Gaudí’s work but it cannot be explored in detail here. ” While this may seem authoritarian many of Gaudí’s assistants worked with him all their life, and they were given the freedom to develop their skills and explore their imagination. Thus Gaudí seems to have been a reasonable and enlightened ‘governor’.
Casa Vicens, Lateral façade. 38 Gaudí’s Barcelona Barcelona: The Growth of a Modern City T he history of nineteenth-century architecture in Barcelona is marked by a need to respond to the growth of the city. The rapid growth of population produced by industrial factories led to urban expansion beyond Barcelona’s famed medieval quarter with its winding Gothic streets. In 1859 the City Council held a competition for designs for a new urban plan. It was won by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà, who presented an abstract rational design of straight streets divided into equal blocks of living space, named the Eixample.
Antoni Gaudí (Temporis Collection) by Jeremy Roe