Tag: Gaudí

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

The sculptures inside the Temple: The Holy Family… and Saint George!

Antoni Gaudí made the outside façades of the Sagrada Família appear like huge altarpieces, with a clearly catechistic and evangelising purpose. In contrast, he wanted the inside to be a space of reflection and prayer, and this is why we find no large altarpieces but instead just a few sculptures with pronounced symbolic importance. In …

The Sagrada Família: a Temple monitored 24 hours a day

Just like patients are monitored at a hospital, tracking their vital signs to detect any anomalies and raise the alarm, it is also becoming commonplace in the world of architecture and heritage to monitor important buildings or heritage sites. In these cases, it is important to get enough data to ensure that any issues are …

The Virgin Mary, the other protagonist of the Sagrada Família

The feast of the Immaculate Conception, on 8 December, reminds us that we are in Advent from the Sunday of Christ the King, celebrating the end of one liturgical year and the beginning of another. With Advent, preparations begin again for the arrival of the Messiah on Christmas, lighting a candle each of the four …

The columns and the liturgical calendar: study of an association

New Year’s Eve, a festivity held round the world, wasn’t always celebrated on 31 December. In Roman times, the year began in March, which is why September, October, November and December have names derived from the fact that they were the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth months of the year. The liturgical year, however, starts …

Model makers, essential for testing and correction

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The architecture proposed by Gaudí is the result of a continuous effort in the search for perfection, which depended on constant experimentation. His empirical method, based on testing and correction, is how he was able to experiment with new shapes, surfaces and volumes, which couldn’t be seen in drawings, but in 3D models. However, he …