I have made clear just how much I liked eating my way through Barcelona. Making time for patatas bravas and churros was always high on my list of Spanish priorities. But other than fresh fish and juicy peaches, the rest of our plans revolved around appreciating architect Antoni Gaudí’s work. Gaudí’s buildings are all over the city, including the world-famous Sagrada Família, urban development Park Güell and private-house-turned-museum Casa Batlló.
As you walk along the streets in Barcelona, you’ll sometimes see a wavy, tiled Gaudí house in amongst the other concrete buildings. I think the Gaudí is really special. I love creative, bright buildings and couldn’t help but imagine how a whole city designed by Gaudí would probably be the most photographed place in the world.
Gaudí loved colour, curved lines and bringing elements of the the natural world into his work. Casa Battló was designed almost completely with the ocean in mind, full of the colour blue, curves, swirls, shells and a room kitted out to look like the ribcage of a whale (which is a lot less weird than it sounds). As a devoted ocean lover, I relate to his fascination with the sea and his joy at bringing nature into his creations.
Honestly, I just love bright, bold, fun things. Even in beautiful, well-maintained cities, most buildings are just buildings. They might have a notable statue attached or an interesting door or, I don’t know, be painted a fun colour but they are rarely designed to be art first and foremost. I love that there were people who wanted to realise Gaudí’s vision and that, now, there are people who work to keep those ideas alive and kicking. As we move closer and closer to creating the most streamlined, efficient, productive spaces possible, it feels more and more foreign and delicious to savour buildings that were designed to look beautiful and evoke joy and creativity for their own sake. Anyway, I just wanted to share some photos of Gaudí’s various creations. Here are some pictures from the Sagrada Família, Park Güell and Casa Batlló: