Sunday, June 24, 2007

Gaudí, Tàpies, & the City

OK. Here's one more dose of Antoni Gaudí, and then I'll leave him be. This photo is not as good as the one at the wikipage on Casa Milà, but I was trying not to fall behind as the others were walking on.

It's an apartment building, but anyone can (for a fee) take an elevator up to the roof to enjoy some sculptures and this fantastic view.

We also got to tour one of the apartments, which was beautiful. I suspect that getting to live in such an unusual space might compensate for the fact that your building is constantly overrun with tourists.
Right around the corner from Casa Milà, we discovered this surprising sculpture by Antoni Tápies, titled "Cloud and Chair," atop the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

And finally, here is the view of Barcelona from the room window at our hotel (which sat directly above the Sants Central Train/Metro Station).


Keera Ann Fox said...

Gaudi seems to be Spain's Hundertwasser, if less fond of color.

alice said...

I was thinking the same thing! The round, ripe, architecture, the attachment to organic shapes -- there were many times when I thought of Hundertwasser while I was exploring a Gaudí building.

sravana said...

I heart Gaudi greatly. I didn't realize that you could go up in that apartment building when I was there - bummer. Great view, including La Sagrada there on the left.

alice said...

It wasn't very clear. You couldn't tell from the outside of the building. And once you were up on the top of the building, you had to notice the little sign that said "apartment" to find out that admission included a tour of one of the homes there.