Sagrada Familia, an indoor forest
Barcelona's Sagrada Familia, the Catholic basilica, designed by "God's Architect" Antoni Gaudí, is unlike any other man-made space in the world, let alone other churches.
|The lighted "knots" way up on the columns mimic healed |
wounds on a tree when a branch is pruned close to the trunk.
|Gaudí wanted there to be as much light as possible to enter the church - |
but no too much. He controlled it like a wizard.
|Nary a right angle or straight edge can be found in the entire building. |
This circular stairwell looks more like a serpent, or skeleton of a sea creature.
|The Crucifix is under is hanging parachute-like, suspended structure.|
|The ceiling over the alter indicated an oculus – |
though it was not open to the sky. It did look heavenly though.
|I was also intrigued by the number of lights actually incorporated into the building and design.|
The benefit of designing a structure in the last 100 years.
|The columns start at ground level with rounded flutes, they get more sharp as they climb.|
The columns eventually turn into branches, supporting the roof of organic leaf-shapes.
|Good shot of how the columns transition into branches.|
|The effect of the branching columns can really only be appreciated when standing in the building (in awe).|
As nice as some of these photos are, they are nothing compared to sanding in the space.
|This is a mock-up of what the front door to the church will be, It is the Lord's Prayer in Spanish. |
Love a building with typography.
|The holy water font, or stoup, is an over-sized shell. I'm not Catholic. I had to look up its name!|
|Then repeated pattern of all the columns and complex ceiling design is mesmerizing.|
|Words cannot describe...|
|An example of the column light well transitions from trunk to branches, |
modeled after the scar formed on a tree when a branch is pruned.