The architects working on the Sagrada Família will reveal first-hand how they are making possible this huge challenge, in terms of building and technology, a reality.

Epoxy resins, an essential material at the Sagrada Família

With the innovative tensioned-stone technique being used to build the structure of the central towers at the Sagrada Família, a third element, in addition to the stone and duplex stainless steel, comes into play. Its presence isn’t as obvious, but it is no less essential to the very concept of the tensioned stone. Resin: the …

Bridges connecting the central towers: in detail

Now that we’ve put in the bases of the four bridges that connect the central lanterns 85 metres above the Temple ground, we wanted to take advantage to explain their design and building system in more detail. At this 85-metre level, the towers of the evangelists are close to the beginning of the tower of …

Stainless steel at the Sagrada Família: what do we use it for?

In a previous article, we explained how we use stone to build the Basilica, not only as exterior cladding for the reinforced concrete structures, as was done traditionally, but also as part of the structure of the temple, thanks to the innovative technique with post-tensioned stone. In the previous article, we looked at both the …

The rooftops: from Gaudí’s plaster model to the executive project

Historically, temple roofs have been made of wood or stone. The first option takes a lot of weight off the structure and transfers the load vertically to the support walls but, despite the advantages, this material requires constant upkeep and the risk of fire limits its lifespan. This is why roofs tend to be made …

The stones for the central towers: chronology of exceptional control

Stone has been used to build great constructions throughout the history of humanity. The fact that it is both abundant and very strong and durable makes this material perfect for buildings that are meant to last, such as the Sagrada Família. Today, at the Basilica, the six central towers are being erected simultaneously: dedicated to …

Gaudí’s 7.5-metre module for the Sagrada Família

Readers already know that Gaudí wasn’t in charge of the original design or initial stages of construction on the Sagrada Família. These were overseen by architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano. When Gaudí came to the project, most of the foundations had been laid and the work on the crypt was under way. …