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Antoni Gaudi: Colegio Teresiano

Project of the architect Antoni Gaudí and built between 1888 and 1889. Gaudí's Colegio Teresiano is a school for female Catholic teachers. An unknown architect had already laid the foundation stone and established the floor plan of the four-story Colegio when Reverend Enrique de Ossó i Cervelló asked Antoni Gaudí to take over. Because the school had a very limited budget, the Colegio is made mostly of brick and stone, with an iron gate and some ceramic decorations. Colegio Teresiano was one of Antoni Gaudí's first commissions and stands in sharp contrast to much of Gaudi's other work in that it consists of simple rather than playful lines. It is obvious that Gaudí's design was inspired mostly by Gothicism, yet Gaudi's originality is apparent throughout. One example of Gaudí's creativity is seen in the type of arches he used. Whereas the Gothic style calls for pointed arches, in Colegio Teresiano, parabolic arches dominate both the interior (hallways) and exterior (gate, windows). Natural light abounds, and the flat roof is topped with a Palau Güell-style chimney. It is especially interesting to compare Colegio Teresiano to the luxurious Palau Güell, since Antoni Gaudí worked on these two buildings at the same time. During the Spanish Civil War, Colegio Teresiano was invaded, and furniture, original blueprints, and some decorations were burned and lost forever. In 1969, Colegio Teresiano was declared a Historical-Artistic Monument of National Interest.



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Submitted: 11/01/2008

By: sladys

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Category: Buildings: Other

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