Tag: Architecture

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 …

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 …

Double twist columns: geometry, mechanics and symbolism

The double twist columns must be understood from the standpoint of Gaudí’s desire to constantly push the envelope. He had experimented with columns with helicoidal movement a lot, at Park Güell and the temple, and the helix shapes gave them a feeling of upward movement. This dynamism draws the observer’s eye upwards, connecting the earth …

The core of the central lantern: a tower inside a tower

The fact that the tower of Jesus Christ is open to visitors, as Gaudí wanted, means it must have a staircase and a lift, which totally transform the perception of this lantern as it fills a space that would traditionally be open. With the tower of the Virgin Mary, the inside is more dome-like, although …

How are the panels for the tower of Jesus Christ different?

The feast day of Barcelona’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy (La Mercè), is coming up soon and here at the Sagrada Família we always take advantage of this date to hold open doors days and share all the latest on the works. In this case, we can’t forget that work will begin on the …

Bell towers and central towers: different uses, different design

When we explain the project for the Sagrada Família, we often say it will have eighteen towers, putting the ones on the façades in the same sack as those in the centre of the Temple. However, although it is true this is the number of towers Gaudí had in his plans, there is a very …

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 …

What will the tallest tower at the Sagrada Família be like inside?

Today, the central tower of the Sagrada Família, dedicated to Jesus Christ, stands 85 metres above the Temple ground and the four bridges connecting it to the towers of the evangelists are being put in place. When finished, it will be 172.5 metres tall. Towards the end of this year, we will see it start …

The sacristy, a model for the central towers

Some may believe the sacristies, cloisters and other structures along the perimeter were added by Gaudí to bolster the grandiose nature of the building. In truth, however, the architect was thinking about these structures from the very early stages of the project. In this article, we’ll see how the sacristies, one of which was finished …

The garden: one year of life on the Passion façade

The Passion façade is nearly finished: the lion and the lamb were put in place in December; the sculptures representing the resurrection are scheduled to be put in place in April, and the cross and angel that will crown the pediment will go in this summer. But in this article, we want to focus on …