Gorgeous New Book Explores Complete Architecture of Gaudí

Park Güell by Antoni Gaudi

Güell Park (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo/Jan Wlodarczyk)
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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.

Gaudí. The Complete Works is a new book by Taschen examining the acclaimed architect's work.

Nativity Facade of Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo/John Kellerman)

Spires of the Apostles’ Towers at Sagrada Familia

Spires of the Apostles’ Towers, Sagrada Familia (Photo: Christian Schallert/Jordi Garci)

Interior of the Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo/Cisco Pelay)

Roof of the porter’s lodge at Güell Park

Roof of the porter’s lodge at Güell Park (Photo: Christian Schallert/Jordi Garcia)

Balcony at Casa Vicens by Gaudi

Balcony at Casa Vicens (Photo: Christian Schallert/Jordi Garcia)

Market Hall at Park Güell. (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo/John Kellerman)

Entrance of El Capricho, Comillas

El Capricho, Comillas (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo/Susana Guzman)

Güell Palace in Barcelona

Güell Palace (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo/Lucas Vallecillos)

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All images via Taschen.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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