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Dennis L Calhoun
Photography & Travel
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Regarding architect Antoni Gaudi - I have found a web video that shows what the Sagrada Familia will look like when completed.
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Recently back from a trip to Barcelona, Spain. One of the purposes of the trip was to enjoy the creative architecture that is plentiful in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi is one of the most creative and most discussed architects in the history of Barcelona. He died in 1926, however, his impact lives on.
The two photographs above are of the roof of la Pedrera (an apartment building Gaudi designed and built for Mr. Millar). The beautiful objects on the roof are functional as well as objects of art. These are doors onto the roof, air vents, and chimneys. This building is nearly 100 years old and still as beautiful as when it was first built.
This photograph is a view from the roof into the center of the building. At the bottom one would find a garden courtyard. What you see here are the windows of apartment rooms. Note that Gaudi's design used flowing lines representing those found in nature.
The center building here, sandwiched between a pair of more conventional designed buildings, was also designed by Antoni Gaudi. Note that the design is once again based on elements found in nature and not very linear. Even the balconies are very different than the more common oblong or square wrought iron designs. Gaudi's buildings are often colorful.
The roof of this building is said to represent a dragon. This is interesting because many buildings and basilicas in Barcelona contain art, carvings or statuary on walls which show the slaying of a dragon by Saint George. Gaudi was a very religious man and certainly knew the legend. Gaudi was the first architect to design using hyperbolic paraboloids. Nature provided these forms in the leaves of trees, the tendons between our fingers, and in the passes between two mountains. This structure, taken into three dimensions, is also found in a chicken egg. He used this shape in the arches he designed in many of his buildings.
These arches used for support for the attic in la Padrera are hyperbolic paraboloids. These are also called catenary arches.
Gaudi's most inspired work was the design for a very large basilica - the temple of the Sagrada Familia. His original design from the late 1800's is still being realized today. Josep Verdaguer, a bookshop owner, was moved to form an association of Devotees of Saint Joseph. In 1881, this association bought an entire block of land in Barcelona's Eixample district. It was decided that a large temple would be built in this block. In 1883 plans came to a halt as architects argued over the design. Josep eventually put Gaudi in charge of designing the temple. In 1885, Gaudi's design was presented to the Sant Marti Council.
Construction began in 1892. A portion of the temple called the Nativity Facade was completed in 1925. Gaudi died in 1926. However, his design was continued. The temple building with five naves, and three facades around the center apse is still under construction. Construction has been halted a few times due to lack of money to continue. Today though, the temple is an important tourist destination and that provides enough funding to complete the structure. Experts believe it will be completed about 2028.
The main walls and ceiling of the church are supported by catenary arches, which are very strong. This allows free standing sides and facades of intricate carvings because they do not need to support the building.
Catenary arches support the church.
Another view of the arches.
Some of the stained glass windows on one side wall.
Experienced photographer who has used Canon equipment for several years. I use Photo Shop Elements to finalize my images.