Parque Güell

park guell

In the beautiful city of Barcelona in Northeast Spain lays this amazing garden complex known as Parque Güell.

Parque Güell or Guell Park was designed by world-renowned Spanish (Modernist) architect Antoni Gaudí.

Guell Park was commissioned by Count Eusbei Guell with the intention of making it a part of a housing site.

This endeavor was commercially unsuccessful so the park was sold to the city of Barcelona where people can visit for free (though they have to pay a fee to check old Gaudi’s old house).

Park Guell was designed to bring peace and serenity.

The park’s design reflects nationalistic themes and elements of religious mysticism and ancient poetry.

Gaudi’s designs have a playful feel to them. This is evidenced by the cartoon-like houses in the  park or the a long bench resembling a sea serpent that surrounds the main terrace – you might be interested to know that Gaudi designed the curve of the bench by using the shape of buttocks left by a naked woman sitting in wet clay.

The park is made of ceramic and stone, but is mostly made of natural elements. For the mosaics, Gaudi used broken ceramic tiles, even plates and cups.

Aside from the playful feel, Gaudi designed the park to echo nature, like the way he created the columns to resemble like tree trunks that support vaulting under the roadway.

Guell Park also shows Gaudi’s respect for nature as evidenced by the thick foliage. He also used recycled ceramics instead of new ones. He avoided disrupting the natural contours of the land by designing a network of twisting roads, viaducts and colonnades which suggest natural forms.

Today, Park Guell remains a public park and a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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