Antoni built, where the Gothic technique was expressed most

Antoni Gaudi was a Barcelona-based Spanish architect whose free-flowing works were greatly influenced by nature. Gaudi was born in Catalonia on June 25, 1852. He showed an early interest in architecture, and went to study in Barcelona, Spain’s most modern city at the time. Upon graduation, Gaudi initially worked in the artistic vein of his Victorian predecessors, but he soon developed his own style, composing his works with juxtapositions of geometric masses and animating the surfaces with patterned brick or stone, bright ceramic tiles and floral or reptilian metalwork. Gaudi’s most notable work is the Sagrada Familia located in Spain. Initially, an architect called Francisco del Villar planned the church but due to disagreements with officials, he had to vacate the task. A few months later, young architect Antoni Gaudi took his place in designing the monstrous building and found his life’s work in it. Gaudi’s influence can be found predominantly around my work as I felt that the way he incorporates a mid-evil style into our modern era and still get massive recognition for his creation to me is incredible.  According to a BBC article, Gaudi reportedly said “My client is in no hurry”, this is due to the fact that he believed that God had all the time in the world, so there was no need to rush the completion of the Catalan architects most ambitious work, hence the reason that after 135 years it is still currently in construction. Gaudi’s conception of the Sagrada Familia was based on the traditions of Gothics and Byzantine Cathedrals. His intention was to express Christian belief through the architecture and the beauty of the building and communicate the message of the Evangelists. He achieved a harmony between form and Christian iconography, with a personal architecture generated via new but thoroughly logical structures, forms and geometries inspired by nature, with light and colour also paying a central role. We can see that the Sagrada Familia is similar to a lot of Gothic structures found all around Europe, ranging from France all the way to Russia. This style is in the greatest churches and cathedral ever built, where the Gothic technique was expressed most powerfully, its characteristics lending themselves to appeals to the emotions, whether springing from faith or from civic pride. From first glance, Sagrada Familia looks as if the shapes were just copy and pasted all-round the building as it shows a lot of repetition. The structure also looks very symmetrical giving the viewer an unusually satisfying feeling, because it balances out the hectic sharp angular shapes.  Due to the building being incomplete, we can see from photographs of the recent state of the design the wide range of materials that is being used. It is said that the stone used for the bell towers on the Nativity and Passion facades is made from sandstone from Montijuic in Barcelona. Although, due to the scarcity of this exact type of stone because of the Montijuic quarries were closed several years ago and the stone is only obtainable from demolished buildings, other sandstones and granite have been used for the pinnacles on the Nativity façade, has been used. Critics questioned the legitimacy of any attempt to follow Gaudi’s vision, particularly as all his original drawings and plans were burned, and his plaster models smashed, presumable in a planned attack by an anti-clerical anarchist militia at the outbreak of the Civil War, although the path that the construction of this structure has taken proves that it is possible to be completed.