Principle Designer/Co-Owner Visits Barcelona & Studies Antoni Gaudi

Illustration of Eclectic Architecture in Barcelona

Facade of the entrance to the Sagrada Familia 

Interior of the Sagrada Familia 

After traveling to Barcelona to study the great Antoni Gaudi's work I fell in love. Barcelona is a very eclectic city to say the least. There is a mixture of modernity and traditionalism inter-weaved into almost every apparent element. Barcelona offers art, architecture, fine cuisine,  buzzing nightlife, a 100,000 seat soccer stadium, and even a beautiful sandy beach within minutes of the city's center. With such diversity and low cost flights, Barcelona has become one of Europe's most popular short break destinations.  

As a lover of culture and a continual student of design, Barcelona served as a learning oasis. I was privileged to visit several of Antoni Gaudi's sites and spend countless hours in the halls of his attributed museums and exhibits. To just say Antoni Gaudi was a genius would be an understatement, the man was brilliantly delusional. In fact, when I first saw the Sagrada Familia in person, I commented to my wife, "what's the big deal?". I felt the facade was overly asymmetrical and the ornaments sporadically placed without any sense of pattern or balance. But as I begun to see instead of merely look, each little detail and crevice started to connect with one another piece by piece, and the more I studied the facade the more magnificent it became.  I quickly  began to remember my prior studies of Antoni Gaudi and his immense love of nature, which explained everything. The acorns, turtles, and chameleons (which also have significant symbolism) and the interior tree trunk fashioned columns supporting the primary structure of the church. It all made sense once viewing from a non-traditional architectural perspective.  What I initially viewed as sporadic was actually quite continuous and harmonious. Therein lies the brilliant stroke of madness that Gaudi incorporated into all of his work. Colleagues of Gaudi thought his work was obscene and they constantly questioned his sanity. In fact when given his architecture diploma, the teachers weren't sure if they were giving a diploma to a crazy man or a a genius, but they certainly knew he was something special.  

As a residential interior designer exposure to such an unorthodox architectural philosophy was very rewarding and inspiring. It motivates me to further question what a kitchen, bath, living room, or entire house can really become. I am further intrigued by nature and God-given shapes and curves that defy humanistic 45-90-180 degree angles. It may be once in the blue, but I am looking forward to working with clients who may share these ideals to create a brilliantly delusional ensemble. 

LINKS & RESOURCES:

Barcelona, Spain City Guide

Barcelona, Spain on Wikipedia

Works of Antoni Gaudi - National Geographic