Barcelona is a place of art, whimsy, and wonder due to Gaudi’s architectural vision. I had the privilege of experiencing it first-hand. Antoni Gaudi was a bit of a Renaissance person living in the times of Art Deco. Gaudi was an architect of glorious buildings, and also created things like furniture and type. Nature was his ultimate inspiration, and biomimicry seemed to be the guiding force for many of his designs.
The Sagrada Familia is most famous. Antoni Gaudi realized that he would most likely not be around for the completion of it, so he made elaborate models for guidance to future architects and designers. Gaudi also figured out how to get rid of the buttresses by using gravity to show the most effective way of constructing arches.
Not only that, but he designed from the soaring arches above to door knobs. Gaudi actually molded the door knobs from clay to fit his hands. When I went to try these, it seemed that he also had consideration for many types of hands. When it comes to homes that Gaudi created, they are truly wondrous. From tiles that look like candy to flowing glass and roof tops, Gaudi challenged what architecture could do, even to this day. If you’re around Barcelona in 2026, that’s the goal for Sagrada Familia to be finally completed. Wouldn’t it be brilliant to experience a cathedral that has been completed within our lifetime?