Parc Guell

Designed by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet and built from 1900 to 1914.
The assignment of this project was made by the count of Güell as an aristocratic city-garden with single-family residences.
The project finally wasn’t a success and consequently, it became a municipality property. In 1923 it was transformed into a public park.
From the main gateway you have an access to two administrative pavilions made in stone, Catalan vaults covered with “trencadis” (the surface with irregular ceramic pieces), which is also profusely present in the park, in other Gaudí´s works and in the
Art Nouveau architecture. Both roofs of those pavilions are crowned by original domes remembering mushrooms. The left side of the building has a stylized tower with afour-armed cross, typical for Gaudí´s works.
Entering into the park you may see a
stairway divided by different figures. Then you enter into a colonnade hall with 86 massive columns sustaining the big square. It is interesting to observe colored plafonds (designed by Josep Maria Jujol) on the roof.
On the big square there is a nice balcony overlooking Barcelona and the sea. The square is delimited by an undulated bench covered with “trencadis”. This large square is used as a place for cultural and popular meetings.
The park developed around this central square.
A series of serpentine paths with extraordinary architectural solutions is a perfect solution to
walk quietly, to enjoy nature and to contemplatethis artwork of Gaudi.

 

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