Antoni Gaudí is best known for his individualistic architecture during the Modernisme Movement. After gaining his architect title in 1878 from Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura, Gaudí started designing and planning his first venture. It took him nearly four years to begin building his first vision, the Sagrada Familia. However, Gaudí quickly became an iconic symbol of Catalonia, Spain due to his impressive and unique designs.
Here are Antoni Gaudi's top 5 architectural masterpieces:
1. Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is a World Heritage site that was started in 1882. Completion of this building actually has not finished yet! It is estimated to complete by 2026.
2. Park Güell
Another World Heritage site, Park Güell was built between 1900-1914. It is actually a public park that consists of gardens atop a hill. It was initially designed to become a residential park, however, the project was never finished and the park became city property in 1923.
3. Casa Milà
Casa Milà, also known as "La Padera" or "The Stone Quarry", is another Gaudí gem that has made it onto the World Heritage List. It is currently home to a cultural centre that acts as hub for activities and exhibitions in Barcelona.
4. Church of Colònia Güell
The Church of Colònia Güell, also known as Gaudí's Crypt, is one of Gaudí's unfinished artworks. He began constructing the temple in 1908 through the encouragement of Eusebi Güell. However, the Güell family decided to stop finishing the church in 1914, causing Gaudí to abandon his project.
5. Casa Batlló
Casa Batlló is best known for appearing to be made of skulls and bones. In fact, the skulls are balconies and the bones are really pillars to support the balconies and building.