Bill Peckmann &Photos &Steve Fisher 23 Sep 2012 05:26 am

Gaudi Gaudi Gaudi

- Yesterday, Bill Peckmann sent me a few scans with this note:

    My stepdaughter Bethany just came back from her trip to Spain and brought back these very pretty gaudy postcards. Gaudy as in the Antoni Gaudi, famous Spanish architect. He would have had fun at Epcot and the Disney parks!

Here are the scans sent:











These pictures reminded me that my friend, Steve Fisher, who is an architect, went to Spain to photograph the Gaudi buildings. I asked him to send me any pictures he could get together quickly. Of course, he’d shot them before there were digital cameras, so he had to scan the stills he had on hand.
Take a look:

The first three are pictures of Gaudi’s Casa Milá [1905-10]



The next two are of Casa Battlό [1905-07]



The last three photos are of his most iconic work,
the Church of the Sagrada Familia [1903-26].
It was not finished in Gaudi’s lifetime [he died in 1926],
but since his death, others have continued to work on it
based on interpretations of his ideas. They’re still working on it.



6 Responses to “Gaudi Gaudi Gaudi”

  1. on 23 Sep 2012 at 8:15 am 1.Stephen Macquignon said …

    Odd and beautiful

  2. on 23 Sep 2012 at 6:20 pm 2.The Gee said …

    So, those were not built by and for giant, space ants?

  3. on 24 Sep 2012 at 11:40 am 3.Charles Kenny said …

    Gaudi is the main reason I want to visit Barcelona someday. It’s sad that modern architects don’t make you ponder their buildings the way he does.

  4. on 24 Sep 2012 at 3:11 pm 4.The Gee said …

    To clarify a bit, they look amazing, especially those little design touches.
    I’m mainly surprised I don’t recall seeing any of his work before.

  5. on 25 Sep 2012 at 7:00 am 5.Steve Fisher said …

    Gaudi’s work has a unique plastic nature in the forms he designed. I don’t think he was a favorite among the professors at Cooper U-nion while I was studying there [a hundred years ago, it seems], whose champion was Le Corbusier, but I found it hard not to be impressed when I saw the actual buildings in Barcelona. There is a cheery delight that is displayed in Gaudi’s work that is difficult to teach, although with today’s technical advancements in computer aided design programs, it is much more feasible to explore very elastic forms.

  6. on 28 Sep 2012 at 9:48 am 6.Dave said …

    Hi Michael,

    Image no.09 from the first set of photos isn’t a Gaudi creation. Although it is influenced by his work, “Casa Comalat” was designed by the architect Salvador Valeri i Pupurull. It is an amazing city.
    14 years here and I still find something new every day.

    There was a really nice 15 minute multimedia show recently where the Moment Factory projected images onto one of the facades of the Sagrada Familia. Some videos are up on youtube. This one captures it quite good:

    (I tried to include a direct link in the comment but wordpress interpreted it as spam, sorry).

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