Colònia Güell, a Gaudí jewel outside Barcelona

Colònia Güell, a Gaudí jewel outside Barcelona

Colònia Güell is probably one of the lesser known Gaudí projects in Barcelona, the location is not as convenient as i is outside Barcelona city, in Santa Coloma de Cervelló. If you have visited Barcelona before, so you know the most known Gaudí buildings, this might be a good place to visit if you are into architecture and Gaudí nature dream world.Eusebi Güell was Gaudí's sponsor known for the Park Güell, the Palau Güell and the Colònia Güell that I will show you around, he was an important entrepreneur during the XIX century.  A colònia, is a community where people live all together and there is everything you need to cover your needs in the everyday life, Colònia Güell was an industrial community where the workers of the factory lived, with all they needed to have their social life, buy…

Güell Pavilions

Güell Pavilions

The Güell Pavilions are on Avinguda Pedralbes and were incredibly innovative at the time. They are very colourful buildings and the star of it with no doubt is the  giant mythological dragon that is in the main door and it is a synthesis of Gaudí's symbolism and love for artisan materials.Eusebi Güell wanted to extend his family's holiday home and Gaudí was the chosen one for this job, what he didn't know yet was that Mr Güell would become his main patron. Gaudí worked on the project from 1884 to 1887, he worked on the garden and built the two gatehouses that were intended to be the caretaker's house and the stables.The gatehouses have a stone base and brick arches with ceramic decorations, very typical from Gaudí. There is a medallion bearing the initial of the owner of the state, but as…

Torre Bellesguard, the lesser known Gaudí masterpiece

Torre Bellesguard, the lesser known Gaudí masterpiece

Torre Bellesguard is probably one of the lesser known Gaudí's masterpieces, the Casa Bellesguard is located at the foot of Collserola and has magnificent views of Barcelona city. This is why the house is called Bellesguard, which in Catalan means beautiful view. The Casa Bellesguard was designed by Gaudí between 1900 and 1909 in Sarrià Sant Gervasi neighbourhood. The building's medieval past inspired Gaudí when he designed this innovative but neo-Gothic house. The house stands on the site of a castle built by King Martí the Humane, where he lived. King Martí had no descendant as his unique son died in the field, and when the king died left his wife alone with no one to rule, and this was the end to Catalan kings in the Catalano-Aragonesa crown. For some time, the castle was abandoned …

Col·legi Teresianes

Col·legi Teresianes

The Col·legi de les Terasianes is a school of the order of Sanit Teresa of Jesus designed by Gaudí, it is an isolated and sober building that has the look of a fortress.In 1887, a community of nuns of the order of Saint Teresa of Jesus decided to build a school in the town of Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, at that time it was a village in the north of Barcelona but nowadays is a neighbourhood of Barcelona.Another architect started the building and established the floor plan when Gaudí took over the project. He altered the structure and as always left his own imprint in the building. Unlike with other projects, Gaudí had to work with a very limited budget what explains the use of austere materials, but this tight budget was not a problem for the genius and he managed to have two large skylights…

Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens is a modernist building in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudí. It is probably one of the less known buildings of the artist and it is condiered one of the first buildings of Art Nouveau and it was he firs house he designed.The house is a unique design with Oriental and Moorish details and is in a peaceful location in the neighbourhood of Gràcia. The building is covered with white and green tiles, we know Gaudí loves artisan work and working with different materials, tiles and ceramics being one of his favorites. Tiles were not only used because of Gaudí's passion for artisan work but also because Manuel vicens Montaner the owner of the house was a tile manufacturer.Gaudí inspired himself from nature but in this building you can see some Mudejar style as well as Indian and Japa…

Casa Calvet, an early Gaudí building

Casa Calvet, an early Gaudí building

The Casa Calvet in Barcelona is one of Antoni Gaudí's earliest buildings and sometimes forgotten as it is one of his most conservative works but although it might look very different from the most famous buildings of the architect there are modernist elements that are typical from Gaudí. The façade end in curve and the attic balconies seem taken out from a fairy tale, elements that are very particular from the architect and were part of his style from the beginning. Casa Calvet was home of the textile manufacturer Pere Màrtir Calvet, who had also his business premises in the ground floor where now there is a restaurant located. Barcelona city council awarded in 1900 the prize of the best building of the year. Funny enough, this award was the only one he received alive and it came from th…

La Pedrera: Gaudí’s masque building

La Pedrera: Gaudí’s masque building

Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera is an amazing modernist building by Gaudí. In Barcelona there are different buildings from the same architect, if you wish to visit the buildings check Gaudí buildings in Barcelona to do your own route. You can visit in the same day Casa Batlló that it is very near La Pedrera, on the same street Passeig de Gràcia. It is called La Pedrera because of its appearance, an open quarry. It was built between 1906 and 1912 and declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.The Casa Milà was asked to be built by Milà family, they were industrialist. They wanted a family home but also with the option to rent apartments, by that time Passeig de Gràcia started being the main bourgeois area. La Pedrera has two appartment blocks with separate entrances that are lin…

Gaudí buildings route in Barcelona, do it on your own!

Gaudí buildings route in Barcelona, do it on your own!

Gaudí buildings in Barcelona are one of the most visited monuments in town, even by us, locals. We love Gaudí and it is part of our culture, modernism and the identity of the city. If you would like to visit on your own Gaudí buildings in Barcelona keep reading, I will give you all my tips and best routes to do that, they are not difficult to find and I am sure that with some local inside tips and information will help you being more prepared. Gaudí: the architect Antoni Gaudí was born in 1852 in Reus, in a small town in Tarragona and he died in a street accident in 1926. He was a very religious man and prayed every day in Sant Felip Neri's church, he actually died in his way to the church as he was struck by a passing tram and lost consciousness. Since he was very poorly dressed, n…

Casa Batlló, Gaudi’s master piece in Barcelona

Casa Batlló, Gaudi’s master piece in Barcelona

Isn't it beautiful? I love Gaudí, I still remember when I was little and my granny used to take me to visit all his buildings during summer time. Casa Batlló, the sleeping dragon, it is a key building in the modernist architecture in Barcelona. It was built between 1904 and 1906 for Josep Batlló, a textile industrialist. The façade it is recognisable in the distance, there is no building as this one, it is located in well known block of discord - a series of modernist buildings that are located in the same block and among them is Casa Batlló-. Casa Batlló is where all Gaudí shines in his naturalist decoration and architecture. He get his inspiration from the nature and his natural shapes and curves, he practices his naturalism in the façade. The sandstone used in the façade it is from Mon…

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