Marks of Gaudi’s architectural brilliance were visible everywhere in Barcelona. I was fortunate enough to visit one of his designs, Park Güell, which was commissioned by Mr. Güell and intended to be a luxurious residence some distance from the city. Unfortunately, the project failed (no one wanted to live so far away from the city center) and the land became a public park. So in the end, it was good for us that it didn’t work out, eh?
My first impression of the place was that it was sort of like a desert: HOT and full of sand and cacti. Apparently, these non-native parrots (that could be heard cawing in the trees) were introduced into the region and have now become parasitic, destroying the ecosystem. Furthermore, they’re able to adapt to colder weather so they’re spreading up north. I somehow connected that random tidbit from previously mentioning the desert-like atmosphere…it made sense in my head.
What I found interesting was how Gaudi tried to mimic elements of nature in his architecture. Thus, the designs blended harmoniously with the flora.
At the top of the hill was this beautiful house. I can’t believe that like, only 2 of the 60 houses that were built sold. I’d totally want to live in this!! #introvertlife
Getting closer to the infamous mosaic bench…
BOOM. There it is; the bench where everyone, including me, gets their token “Barcelona pic.”
What I found really neat about the bench is that it is curved to allow the people sitting to face each other, creating a more social atmosphere. Once again, Gaudi is a genius. So let me gush about his ingenuity some more: this bench sits on top of a roof that collects rainwater which drains down the columns below into a hidden storage tank.
This area was intended to be an open marketplace for the community that would have lived there. If you look closely, you might be able to tell that some of the columns are a little wonky. Well, according to Gaudi who liked to imitate nature, trees aren’t perfectly straight, so why should columns stand at perfect 90 degree angles with the ground? I am more impressed by how the structure was engineered to be stable despite the tilted columns.
Finally, I paid a visit to the park’s icon, the mosaic salamander also known as “el drac” (the dragon).
I loved Gaudi’s colorful mosaic style!
I really enjoyed seeing Park Güell, and as always, I wish I had more time there! I would have liked to go inside Gaudi’s house/now-museum and explore more of the park (though I’m not sure if there’s all that much more to see). Have you ever been to Park Güell? What did you think?
Thanks for reading!