Colonia Guell
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Architect Antoni Gaudi
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Location near Barcelona, Spain   map
Date 1898 , 1908 to 1915   timeline
Building Type church crypt
 Construction System brick and stone masonry
Climate mediterranean
Context urban
Style Expressionist
Notes Powerful, rough animal form in crypt. Architect sometimes referred to as "Antonio Gaudi".



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Discussion Colonia Guell Commentary

"Although not completed until 1915, Gaudí's Colonia Güell chapel was begun in 1899. Technologically brilliant and structurally sound, it combines the magic of traditional religious architecture with the originality of an isolated genius. Nothing else like it exists—the crypt is a mysterious place, with seats as fanciful as the thrusting structure. The porch consists of a series of connected columns taking down the load of isolated pieces of roof or wall."

— Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p54.

Sources on Colonia Guell

Xavier Guell. Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1990. ISBN 84-252-1445-9. NA1313.G3G79 1990. transverse section drawing, f6, p171. longitudinal section drawing, f5, p171. Historical Archive of the COAC. plan drawing, f4, p170. site plan drawing, f3, p169.

Cesar Martinell. Gaudi: His Life, His Theories, His Work. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1975. ISBN 0-262-13072-6. LC 74-109. NA1313.G3M2813 1975. plan of the crypt, f370, p336.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. photo of altar, other interior photo, p54. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Colonia Guell


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