The Sagrada Família, a pioneer in applying manufacturing robots to architecture

The columns in the nave of the Temple are designed with the complex geometry of the double-twisted spiral, the outcome of the intersection of two symmetrical spirals twisted in opposite directions. Thus, in one column that begins at the base with an eight-pointed star shape, the points multiply to become 16, 32 and 64 points, …

The pinnacles of the Evangelists: Design and construction

The construction of the pinnacles of the towers of the Evangelists was approached following the same idea as the project involving the central towers. A prefabrication and pre-assembly system at an outside work centre was chosen for the latter, due to the lack of room in the construction site and the difficulty of working at …

The pinnacles of the Evangelists: the symbolism of the tetramorph

The pinnacles, which are the top section of the towers, are always the most eye-catching, given their host of colours and symbolic elements. And the pinnacles on the towers of the Evangelists, which are modelled after the bell towers on the Nativity and Passion façades, are no exception. In fact, the fourth Temple album includes …

The towers of the Evangelists: This is what they’ll be like

At the Sagrada Família, Gaudí designed six central towers and dedicated four of them to the Evangelists, the men who told the story of Jesus’ life. In recent months, these towers have grown to 103.56 metres tall, and since last June up to ninth of thirteen levels they will eventually have can be seen. The …

Schools at the Sagrada Família: an example of the relationship between geometry and mechanics

One of the things that sets Gaudí apart from other architects of his time is the fact that structural issues and formal issues, those regarding the appearance of his architecture, are always interrelated and, in some way, inseparable. And the Schools at the Sagrada Família are a good example of this. Gaudí built the Schools …

Helicoidal tensioning for the staircase in the tower of Jesus Christ

The core comprised of the staircase and lift inside the lantern of Jesus Christ is an example of the work with tensioned stone that has been carried out at the Temple since this technology was incorporated into the project and the construction of the central lanterns.   DESCRIPTION OF THE CORE GEOMETRY The basic shape …

‘Àlbums del Temple’, essential for following Gaudí’s project

Since we launched this blog in November 2017, we’ve often referred to the Àlbums del Temple. These documents are extremely important for the architects in the Sagrada Família technical office, researchers and anyone interested in Gaudí’s work. But what are they exactly and why are they so significant? The Asociación Espiritual de Devotos de San …

The Sagrada Família: a Temple where verticality rules

The Temple of the Sagrada Família is designed based on height being dominant over the other dimensions; its composition, therefore, is vertical. In fact, one of the things that most impresses visitors is its great height inside, with columns that rise freely up to 15, 30 or 45 metres, where they meet the various vaults. …

Following the works: the central towers, poised to surpass the height of the bell towers

On the path the Sagrada Família has undertaken towards 2026, the year the Temple architecture is expected to be completed, we are currently at a very meaningful juncture, with the construction of the central towers that will crown the building. Their growth, which began in December 2016 when the first panels were put in place …

How much of the Sagrada Família did Gaudí leave behind when he died?

Towards the end of his life, Gaudí lost many friends and family members. The last blow he had to come to terms with was when head model maker Llorenç Matamala, who Gaudí was very fond of, was diagnosed with untreatable brain cancer. In fact, over the final twelve years of his life, Matamala offered to …