Tag: Sagrada Família

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 …

2018: a year of beginnings, endings and continued work on the Sagrada Família

00Good stories, way back to the classics, always have three parts: a beginning, a middle and an end. These are the three pillars of any story. And, from the fairy tales we hear as children, our lives are full of them. In this regard, the Sagrada Família also has a story to tell. It began …

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 …

Building permit: the final stretch of a process that began in 1885

The cornerstone of the Temple of the Sagrada Família was laid in 1882, following the designs of architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. Antoni Gaudí took over the works in November 1883 and, two years later, in 1885, he signed a floor plan for the Temple that the Junta Constructora filed with the Sant Martí …

Is the Sagrada Família prepared to withstand an earthquake?

To calculate his structures, Gaudí innovated with the empirical, experimental method of suspended chains. By inverting the image in a mirror, these gave him not only the best geometry for the project, meaning the angle the columns and walls should have to withstand compression forces, but also a way to measure the force on each …