Antoni Gaudi's Architectural Magnum Opus
The imperial Gaudi palace in Barcelona is an architectural marvel that was conceived way ahead of its time. The erstwhile residence of the Guell family, the palace was the brainchild of Antoni Gaudi, a Spanish architect and design extraordinaire who was closely associated with Art Nouveau movement. The palace is one of Gaudi's more sober creations and was unique in its design and conception. As depicted in this metal fridge magnet, the palace is characterized by tall minarets and spiral structures clumped together that culminate at the top in the form of a parabolic dome, giving it a futuristic appearance. However, upon entering the palace, the interiors exude a distinct "Gaudiesque" aesthetic that is recurrent in the architects' other creations. The defining elements of the palace are the circular perforations made on the lounge ceiling, which gives it the appearance of a planetarium when illuminated by sunlight. Gaudi's body of work is the object of admiration the world over by architects who marvel at his ingenious architectural style. His work largely inspired the architectural aesthetic of Barcelona's majestic buildings, which can be seen all over the city. Gaudi's designs draw heavily from various natural forms, which reflect in his use of organic shapes and patterns prevalent in most of his work.
Barcelona Gaudi Architecture
Gaudi's hallmark style of architecture soon became the status quo in Barcelona and eventually came to be known as Barcelona Gaudi architecture. The style is characterized by its use of colored tiles that are arranged to create beautiful mosaic patterns. The liberal use of color added 3D like dimension to most of Gaudi's creations, giving them a stunning visual appeal.