Back To Barcelona

When I think of Barcelona – what stands out to me more than anything is the architecture. The buildings have so much depth and detail, they don’t look or feel real at times. Antoni Gaudi’s impact and influence is wonderfully prominent throughout the city, giving tourists and locals a taste of his unique, innovative mind – all the while taking you back to when Art Nouveau was in its prime. This trip was my first ever holiday with my boyfriend. He’d suprised me for my 18th (over 5 years ago now) as he knew I was researching Gaudi for my FMP during my final year of college. Here is what we got up to. A throwback to Barcelona!

First day | Las Ramblas 

Taking in the diverse bustle and art on the famous strip that is – Las Ramblas

Plaça Reial

The square where we ate every night, we sat for hours outside in the rain having dinner and getting to know each other a little more. It was magical, it was a life changing evening. What is more relaxing than sipping wine in a tropical thunderstorm with the love of your life? seriously if you can think of something let me know. It was the best night of my life (at the time)

(Excuse my wardrobe, I had a thing for neon colours and disco pants) 

Side Streets 
ANTONI GAUDI 

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 Temple of the Sagrada Familia.

Reading and seeing pictures is one thing but actually getting off the metro and turning around to absorb the great height and depth of the ongoing magnificent, Sagrada Familia, is almost overwhelming. Although Gaudi has other creations in the city, this is the one he dedicated most of his time to, prioritising it until he died and planning it for beyond his death. A designer who had a vision for the future, who didn’t just create for his own generation but the next and so on.

There is something surreal and seemingly mystical about Gaudi’s work. Each detail in this building tells a story, has meaning and depth. Although he spend 40 years of his life designing and constructing the temple he never finished it. He did however leave behind his plans so his most proud and greatest accomplishment could be completed by the next generation, thus letting his legacy live on infinitely. 2026, Is when the project is set to be completed and I’ll most certainly return for that important date in history.

Find out more here 

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The views

The Details 

The exterior 

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Casa Batlló

Also known for as the house of bones, Casa Batlló was a housing project that Gaudi revamped, turning the old well into a light room (the blue square space) to give the place bright nature light, Every detail tells a story. The whole place seems surreal, like an impossible child like vision of what housing should look like, yet it has that sophisticated practicality that makes it habitual for almost anyone. From a family house for the beck hams to the perfect lair for daenerys’ dragons. The roof in-fact represents a dragons back, with the blue tiles adapted as scales. There are religious meanings behind most of the detailing throughout, as Gaudi was a man of faith who put his beliefs into his work, making it all the more personal.

The Batlló family owned the home in the early 1900s and were well known throughout the city because of the textile industry they were involved in. The family wanted an architect with a unique vision to make the place stand out as much as possible – and that he did. The Batllós lived there until the 50s.

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Park Güell

An urban collaboration between Eusebi Güell, and Antoni Gaudi with a great view of the city. Full of colour and life with that lived in city edge.

The random rest…

 


 

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