La Sagrada Familia – The Modern Reality of Gaudi

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So this is La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s true masterpiece.

What’s interesting about it is that construction began in 1882 and it’s still not done.

I know what you’re thinking: if the Spanish didn’t stay up so late, take naps in the middle of the day, and eat that unhealthy food, they’d have finished it by now.

But there is more to the story.

“My client is not in a hurry,” Gaudi said.

I’m not sure if he considered God or humanity his client, but it was certainly one of the two (if not both) and so I can see his point.

He aspired to combine nature and geometry, form and structure. He wanted his buildings to look ALIVE.

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What better way to give a building a sense of life and growth than for it to be eternally under construction? Each architectural generation has left its mark.

But a recurring question I have is this: did Gaudi envision his parks and buildings only being populated by tourists?

For instance, the room in the below picture was designed as a place for people to go during “inclement weather”. The windows in the room gave them both protection and a view of the city to create a pensive atmosphere.

However, as you can see, it is now serves as a waiting line for an elevator.

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Imagine creating such beautiful parks and buildings for mankind, and in the end, they just become tourist ant farms.

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