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 …

The City Council grants the construction licence to build the Sagrada Família

The Basilica of the Sagrada Família has been under construction for 137 years, awaiting the city’s response to the application for a permit submitted in 1885 to the City Council of Sant Martí de Provençals, currently one of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods, as explained in a previous article. This request was accompanied by a blueprint of the …

The stonemasons: the essential, unique touch of the stone

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At the Sagrada Família, our commitment to technology goes back a long way. For many years now, we’ve also been bringing it into our work with stone, the main architectural material at the Temple. In this case, in fact, technology is used more intensely and with more daring, encompassing everything from extraction at the quarries …

Technology, a key part of day-to-day operations at the Sagrada Família

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The Sagrada Família began its path of innovation and transformation under Gaudí, two centuries ago. In fact, he was the one to promote the use of three-dimensional representations in designing the Temple, as well as geometry as the base of his architecture and the use of recycled materials, plus a long etcetera that we still …

Gaudí and teamwork: his architect collaborators

[Author: Adolf Mas] Gaudí said that work must be based on love and is the fruit of teamwork. So, the person in charge has to take advantage of each member’s best qualities to pool their efforts. In this vein, in a previous article we looked at how Gaudí surrounded himself with incredible artisan collaborators, including …

Subirachs’ work on the Temple, declared Cultural Asset of National Interest

On 11 March, the Catalan Ministry of Culture declared all of Subirachs’ work at the Sagrada Família a Cultural Asset of National Interest (BCIN) in the historic monument category. There is no doubt that, of all of Subirachs’ work on the Temple, the most well-known is that on the huge portal on the Passion façade, …