There are many architects who have helped mold and shape cities around the world, but perhaps none more than Antoni Gaudí. Throughout the course of the early 20th century, Gaudí made an indelible impression on Barcelona, one that continues today as the construction of his iconic Sagrada Familia continues to unfold. Now, a new extra-large coffee table book by Taschen allows for a close examination of his incredible architecture.
Gaudí. The Complete Works is a comprehensive look at Gaudí’s architectural genius. Over the course of 368 pages, we’re able to clearly see how his innovative combination of nature, religion, and new materials come together to create his own unique style. From his early work at Casa Vicens to his later triumphs at Park Güell and Casa Batlló, Gaudí’s work is a fascinating look at the creative mind in action. By incorporating crafts like ceramics, stained glass, and ironwork into his designs, he was able to give his buildings texture and dimension. And by using ceramic pieces considered waste, such as coffee cups incorporated into buildings at Park Güell, he pioneered upcycling in a time when the term didn’t even exist.
The book, which features text by art critic Rainer Zerbst, incorporates historical photos as well as original drawings and plans by Gaudí, allowing architecture lovers to gain a unique perspective on the genius architect’s creative process. The book also acts as a visual tour of Barcelona, taking the readers through some of the city’s most beloved sites. “We discover how the ‘Dante of architecture’ was a builder in the truest sense of the word, crafting extraordinary constructions out of minute and mesmerizing details, and transforming fantastical visions into realities on the city streets.”
The book is available in English, French, German, and Spanish via Taschen.