Gaudi Unseen

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Around two million people annually visit Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí's unfinished gesamkunstwerk, La Sagrada Família—a massive church in Barcelona, which was begun in 1883. Since many of Gaudí's plans for the structure were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, teams of architects have been continually tinkering with the elusive structure since his death in 1926. Because Gaudí seemingly didn't use regular or repeating forms—relying instead on color, light and organic sculptural motifs—architects working on ...

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Overview

Around two million people annually visit Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí's unfinished gesamkunstwerk, La Sagrada Família—a massive church in Barcelona, which was begun in 1883. Since many of Gaudí's plans for the structure were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, teams of architects have been continually tinkering with the elusive structure since his death in 1926. Because Gaudí seemingly didn't use regular or repeating forms—relying instead on color, light and organic sculptural motifs—architects working on the completion of La Sagrada Família have faced a host of daunting design problems. In the 1980s, New Zealand architect Mark Burry began using computer-aided design to piece together the missing parts—but traditional architectural software doesn't translate Gaudí's off-beat forms, so Burry applied aeronautical design software to the problem. Though slated for completion by 2007, the building is still very much under construction—the completion date having been pushed back many times. As the structure is dedicated to the holy family, Gaudí would often joke, "The patron of this project is not in a hurry." Gaudí: Unseen offers a behind-the-scenes look at this hundred-year-long architectural drama.

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  • ISBN-13: 9783939633785
  • Publisher: Jovis Verlags- und Projektburo
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Antoni Gaudi was born in the Catalonian province of Reus in 1852. He was greatly influenced by the Gothic revival of the period and the emergent style of Art Nouveau, through which he forged his own unique language, and which garnered him many prestigious commissions. Gaudi died in 1926, after being hit by a streetcar in Barcelona.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Cachola Schmal Schmal, Peter Cachola Yorck Forster Forster, Yorck 6

Foreword Xavier Miralles Miralles, Xavier 8

Setting the scene Mark Burry Burry, Mark 10

Historical Insights

Innovative aspects of the Colonia Guell Chapel project Mark Burry Burry, Mark 58

Innovative aspects of Park Guell Joan Bassegoda I. Nonell Nonell, Joan Bassegoda I. 62

Innovative aspects of la Pedrera (Casa Mila) Joan Bassegoda I. Nonell Nonell, Joan Bassegoda I. 64

The relationship between the Sagrada Familia and other works by Gaudi Jordi Bonet I. Armengol Armengol, Jordi Bonet I. 66

How Gaudi saw the Sagrada Familia during his 43 years as project architect Joan Bassegoda I. Nonell Nonell, Joan Bassegoda I. 70

Some notes on Gaudi's formal influences Jan Molema Molema, Jan 74

Gaudi, the geometer Claudi Alsina I. Catala Catala, Claudi Alsina I. 80

Design Insights

An introduction to Gaudi's system of proportions Jordi Bonet I. Armengol Armengol, Jordi Bonet I. 88

Gaudi's studio-workshop Josep Gomez Serrano Serrano, Josep Gomez 90

The relationship between the structure of the Colonia Guell Chapel and the Sagrada Familia Jos Tomlow Tomlow, Jos 98

Ruled-surface geometry: analogue and digital representation Mark Burry Burry, Mark 102

Gaudi and parametric design Mark Burry Burry, Mark 108

The counter-rotated column Jordi Fauli I. Oller Oller, Jordi Fauli I. 112

The design of the clerestory window Mark Burry Burry, Mark 122

The transept and crossing ceiling vaults Jordi Coll I. Grifoll Grifoll, Jordi Coll I. 130

Construction Insights

The construction of the project Ramon Espel I. Rosell Rosell, Ramon Espel I. Jordi Fauli I. Oller Oller, Jordi Fauli I. 140

Thefuture of the Sagrada Familia Jordi Bonet I. Armengol Armengol, Jordi Bonet I. 152

Photo credits 158

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