Architect: Antonio Gaudi

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Architect: Antonio Gaudi
Buildings Casa Batllo, at Barcelona, Spain, 1905 to 1907. Casa Milo, at Barcelona, Spain, 1905 to 1910. Colonia Guell, at near Barcelona, Spain, 1898 , 1908 to 1915. Sagrada Familia, at Barcelona, Spain, 1882 to 1926. BiographyAntonio Gaudi (b. Reus, Spain 1852; d. Barcelona, Spain 1926) The son of a coppersmith, Antonio Gaudi was born in Reus, Spain in 1852. He studied at the Escola Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona and designed his first major commission for the Casa Vincens in Barcelona using a Gothic Revival style that set a precedent for his future work. Over the course of his career, Gaudi developed a curving, almost surreal design style which established him as the innovative leader of the Spanish Art Nouveau movement. With little regard for formal order, he put together unrelated materials and shapes and altered everyone's view of how a building should look. Gaudi was categorised as an Art Nouveau architect, Gaudi created an entirely original style. He died in Barcelona in 1926. Dennis Sharp.

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Research one of the buildings designed by Antonio Gaudi. 1. Make a number of line drawings of parts of the building, for example, doorways, windows, roofs, towers, columns. Aim to make your drawings the best you can achieve. 2. Make some colour drawings of the brick or stonework especially Gaudis use of decoration on the walls of his buildings. 3. Take a section of one of Gaudi's buildings and make an A3 collage using paper, tissue, card or any other material which you think will fit. 4. How are Gaudi's building designs linked to fashion, local building materials, technology of constructing a building, skills of the builders, and cost. 5. How has Gaudi used decoration on his buildings?...
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