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Stone: An Architect's Perspective--Gaudi's La Sagrada Famila in Barcelona, Spain

October 11, 2011
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In this blog, which is new to Stone World, architect Stephen B. Chambers of Dallas, TX, offers his insight on the use of stone in architecture at sites around the world. In this installment, he discusses Gaudi's renowned La Sagrada Famila in Barcelona, Spain. Look for this series to continue on a regular basis. Photos by Stephanie Chambers.

Barcelona: Gaudi and Sagrada Familia

While in architecture school 45 years ago, I studied Gaudi's life work, La Sagrada Familia. Now I've finally seen it for myself. I've discussed it with other architects and sought out two Spanish architects while on this trip to Barcelona, who told me how they feel about it. I also asked a guide who is knowledgeable about Spanish history and architecture. I've thought about it for several days after our group's experience inside the structure, the pictures of which fail to capture what the space actually feels like. Provided here is an abbreviated background of this Spanish icon, which accompanies Stephanie's photos below. Read more