Thursday, July 9, 2009

Everything Gaudi

Inside Casa Batllo

La Pedrera (somehow uploaded sideways; not able to rotate in blog)

Rooftop at La Pedrera

When I mentioned to anyone that I would be traveling to Barcelona they immediately commented about Gaudi’s architecture and now I know why. He was a visionary before his time with a great emphasis on recycling materials (broken pieces of ceramic and glass for accent pieces) and ergonomic design in furniture, flooring, door knobs, etc.

On Monday, Kathy and I walked to the section of Barcelona called L’Eixample (eye.sham.bluh) where Antoni Gaudi created two large buildings, Casa Mila La Pedrera (the guarry) where Gaudi lived and a house commissioned by a wealthy industrialist, the Battlo House. Both were extremely fascinating and beautiful because of their unique design and decoration. There are no right angles in Gaudi’s works as the walls and windows are curved. Gaudi used lots of recycled materials and was ingenious with light and sound within the structures.

Gaudi never married and lived quite simple, walking to work, eating vegetables, and taking cold showers, which our guide swore was purely for his health. He was hit by a trolley walking home from work one day and not even identified in the hospital for three days where he died. Truly a man before his time with a reputation for being both eccentric and quite unusual in design.

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