Tag: Sagrada Família

‘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 …

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 …

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, …

The Nativity façade: where spring begins

In March, spring begins, the earth blooms and everything is reborn. At the Sagrada Família, Gaudí associated this beginning of life directly with the arrival of Jesus, but also with the beginning of the day, as the Nativity façade looks to the east. Each of the three portals on this façade is full of flora …

The Evangelists: how they are, and will be, represented at the Sagrada Família

Now that the six central towers are growing at the same pace, which is quite fast thanks in part to the tensioned-stone building technique, the time has come to talk about what will go on top of them. Blog readers already know that the pinnacle of the tower of Jesus Christ will be a four-armed …

Discovering the Sagrada Família: the Crossing room

Before plastic- and oil-based waterproofing products, such as bitumen and silicone sheets, the construction sector resolved these issues by giving roofs two key traits: first, a highly pronounced slope, even when the rooftop was accessible, so that rainwater would run off quickly without pooling; and, second, well-ventilated spaces under the roof: the attics. This strategy …

A ring for utilities: balancing use and maintenance of the Temple

At the Temple, the top priority has always been to continue the construction works, which now focus on raising the central towers. However, with the works, many other needs have arisen and everything that has grown up with the monument has reached a level of importance that cannot be ignored. Some of these needs arise …