Montjuic Telecommunication Tower

DSC05786Montjuic Telecommunications Tower – Santiago Calatrava – 1992

Designed for the Olympic Games hosted by Barcelona in 1992. The tower’s main purpose was functional (to transmit television coverage of the games). Calatrava added his own sculptural style to produce a tower of both functional and aesthetic value. This eye-catching tower that has now become one of Barcelona’s landmarks can be seen from various points throughout the city. As well as being a beautiful piece of sculpture representing the Olympic Games from afar what you don’t see unless close up is it’s white base (seen at the bottom of the photo). After visiting the tower I learned that the white mosaic (trencadis) base was designed specifically to pay homage to Antoni Gaudi, one of the city’s master architects.

 

The Barcelona Pavillion

DSC05694The Barcelona Pavilion – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe- 1929

Designed by Mies van der Rohe the Barcelona Pavillion was the German entry for the 1929 international exposition in Barcelona. The structure is very in keeping with the work and style of Mies van der Rohe. The design, simple, the lines, clean and the finish, luxurious. The architect’s use of marble really adds to the beauty and elegance of the pavilion whilst keeping to his all important ethos ‘Less is more’.DSC05680DSC05732The very well known chair (pictured above) was designed by Mies van der Rohe along with furniture designer Lily Reich. It was designed especially for this exhibition and was aptly named ‘The Barcelona chair’. The chair ( although most commonly seen in black) has become an icon in 20th century furniture design.

After the exposition the pavilion was dismantled as it was only ever intended to be a temporary structure. Fortunately in 1983 the pavilion was reconstructed from original plans and photographs. It was compleated 1986.DSC05731This cantilever chair was also designed by Mies van der Rohe. It sits on the base of the pavilion providing the person who sells the entry tickets with a comfortable (and stylish) place to sit. Which is a perfect touch.

 

Sagrada Familia

DSC05566The Sagrada Familia – Antoni Gaudi – 1882 – Current Day

This wonderful building has been under construction for 136 years and is not due to be completed until 2026. The project will be completed to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Gaudi’s death.

Gaudi took over the design and building of this cathedral in 1883 and spent 43 years of his life working on it. He even moved in to his study in later years and spent the last years of his life living there, devoting his life solely to its work.

DSC05365The Nativity facade.

The detail in this building and in this facade particularly is mind blowing. The facade depicts scenes from the nativity. I have since read a lot more about this building in a book I bought called “The Basilica Of The Sagrada Familia” (the Visual Edition)  by Dosde Publishing which is very detailed and explains all elements of the building in great detail.DSC05367DSC05369DSC05372Pictures from the Cathedral’s interior belowDSC05393DSC05417DSC05421The vaults that you can see in this column enabled Gaudi to build this building without the traditional method of buttresses. These vaults provide support for the building and also an interesting interior space designed to look like a forest. You can see in this picture that the vaults divide and multiply just like tree branches.DSC05429The helmets upon the above figures (the Soldiers) remind me very much of some of the chimneys designed for the Casa Mila (a private residence designed by Gaudi), I have since read in the book about the Sagrada Familia (mentioned above) That the inspiration did in fact come from those chimneys and was also done so in homage to Gaudi.DSC05428DSC05431DSC05435These hard lined sculptures on the passion facade are very different to the shapes on the other facades. I found out in the museum that the passion facade is all about the crucifixion of Jesus. The blunt, harsh lines of all of the sculpture work on this facade was designed to depict the mourning and suffering caused by these events.DSC05559Workshop of the Sagrada Familia

DSC05445DSC05458The School building, set in the grounds of the Sagrada Familia, designed by Gaudi for local children and children of the cathedral’s workers.DSC05477DSC05479

Guell Palace

DSC06232Guell Palace – Antoni Gaudi – 1888

The stunning rooftop is one of the many amazing feature of this building. Designed by Gaudi for his friend Eusebi Guell this is one of the many projects that Guell commissioned Gaudi to design.

The detail in this incredible building is not only present on it’s rooftop, but from the very beginning with its entrance and continues up through all six floors until you reach the stunning finale.

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the above are all details that can be found at the buildings entrance.

DSC06006DSC06017DSC06020Even the stables are amazing.dsc060411.jpgDSC06054DSC06060As we move up the building it only gets better.

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DSC06207Simply stunning!

 

 

 

 

 

St. Vincent Street Church

DSC05053St. Vincent Street Church – Alexander Tomson – 1859

DSC05061I had never heard of this building before, but it is a perfect example of how my search for the ‘1001 buildings you must see before you die’ takes me to some wonderful places that I would otherwise have missed. The above photos show bigger parts of the building. The pictures below show off some of the smaller details. In my opinion it is the detail of the building that makes it so interesting.

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Glasgow School of Art

DSC04561Glasgow School of Art – Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Completed 1910

As you can see this photograph is of a model of a building. Unfortunately as most of you will know the original Mackintosh School of Art was severely damaged by fire in 2014. You can just about make out the original building behind this model Shrouded in scaffolding).DSC04569

One of Mackintosh’s most famous works, The Glasgow School of Art is under extensive renovation and is due to be reopened in 2019.

DSC04526.JPGMackintosh – Master and Slave Clock – 1910

The Master clock (on the left) was linked up with all of the other clock’s in the school. mackintosh redesigned the clock face in his distinctive style.

Amongst the University’s collection of original Mackintosh furniture I was able to see this unique piece above which was very interesting.

Here you can just about see the sign above the door and some of the original railings.

Although disappointed initially I really enjoyed the tour that took place in the new building of the art school. I was able to see a wonderful collection of original Mackintosh furniture, the tour guide was brilliant, very informative. I would thoroughly recommend this tour.

I am definitely planning to visit again in 2019 and hope to be able to show much better pictures that do justice to this building.