Barcelona and Gaudi
We recently visited Barcelona, which we have done so on a number of occasions. Barcelona is such an iconic city with a rich history of Architectural design. Their most famous and world renowned architect has to be Antoni Gaudi (1852 - 1926). He created an array of beautiful and though provoking designs throughout the city, which began with a lamp post design in Placa Reial and then private residences such as Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and Palau Guell. There is also Park Guell which not only is a chance to see more of his work, but also to see the city from a great vantage point. He became well known for using Trencadis, which is a broken tile mosaic pattern. This same style has been recreated at the Mercat de Santa Caterina, which is a covered market place and relatively recently completed (2005).
The building he is most famous for in the world is Sagrada Familia, which is also very famous for not being completed.
The city is not only home to designs that are Spanish but you can visit the Barcelona Exhibition of 1929 near Plaça d’Espanya and take a look at German Exhibition by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe’s and his 20th century designed Pavilion, which is a masterpiece of modern contemporary Architecture.