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Antoni Gaudi: Palau Güell

Designed by Antoni Gaudí and built between 1886 and 1889. Palau Güell, or Guell Palace, was the first of many commissions that Antoni Gaudí received from Eusebi Güell. This townhouse, which only takes up 72x59 feet (22x18 meters), is located in what was at the time one of the least desirable areas of Barcelona. With limited space but an unlimited budget, Gaudí built a home and social center worthy of Güell, a leading industrialist and the future count of Güell. This stone and iron building is fronted with two gates in the shape of parabolic arches, large enough for horse-drawn carts to enter and then to access, via ramps, the stables and corral in the basement. The interior is dominated by a courtyard topped with a huge parabolic dome which stretches the height of the four-story building and lets in light via star-shaped windows. The crowning glory of Palau Güell is the flat roof dotted with 20 different mosaic-covered sculptures which turn the chimneys, ventilation covers, and stairwells into works of art. These kinds of sculptures are also part of some of Gaudí's later works.



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Submitted: 11/01/2008

By: sladys

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Category: Buildings: Other

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