Okay, I did not actually meet Gaudi, because that is physically impossible. But, not only was I excited to experience another city in Spain, it was a city I have always wanted to visit. During my time in college I needed to complete certain credits and took a course titled “Art in Culture”. When we got on the topic of Modern Art, I wanted to take a pencil and stab my eyes out. Everyone appreciates different things, there is nothing wrong with Modern art, it just was not what I enjoyed. My feeling for the subject could have been influenced by the droning voice of my professor, but that is beside the point. Everything changed when we started the new topic on architecture and the work of Gaudi. Seeing the images onscreen sparked something inside me. He was able to fuse architecture, nature and religion into his creations that they were truly useful masterpieces.
There were three spaces that I was eager to see, La Pedrera, Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. The first did not look like much from the street and was called Casa Mila, initially, but is now La Perdrera. It was declared a UNESCO site in 2005. the images from La Pedrera are below.
Below is the courtyard space which allows for each room to have window and sun exposure. In doing so, this also allows effective heating in the winter.
This was one of my favorite spaces in the roof top. These are the chimneys that can be found throughout. All have unique designs and work the ecofriendly designs for the five floor building design. Many of the objects in the courtyard use recycled objects, such as ceramic and glass. The exterior also has beautiful ironwork that is amazing.
The above is another item that is found on the rooftop space. You can see the ceramics and the four armed crosses that Gaudi has used in his other works. In all, the interior space was a bit congested to photograph with the great number of visitors. I can’t blame them, as the space is something to behold.