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Antoni Gaudi: Sagrada Família Schools

Designed by Antoni Gaudí and built between 1908 and 1909. On a small corner of the Sagrada Familia property in Barcelona, a temporary school was erected for the sons of men working on the church. Since the small, three-room building was only ever intended to be provisional, it is made of cheap materials (brick, stone, tile). It is nonetheless an excellent example of Gaudí's work with hyperbolic forms: the undulation of the walls provides rigidity, while the waves in the roof channel water off the building. During the Spanish Civil War, the Sagrada Familia School was burned down and rebuilt twice. Today it houses Sagrada Familia offices. Recently, construction on Sagrada Familia church has extended so far that the school is in the way and will have to be cut or removed. In 1998, architect Josep María Adell proposed that the small building be transferred in its entirety to a new site, but the Sagrada Familia Directive has instead decided to tear down the building and rebuild it somewhere else.



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Submitted: 11/01/2008

By: sladys

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Category: Buildings: Schools/Universities

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