Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia

Last night Foreign Correspondent ran an excellent story on the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the kiwi architect Mark Burry, who’s made it his life’s work to complete the Spanish architect’s vision. The self-effacing Burry works out of an office at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he’s adapted aeronautical software for the first time in architecture to help transform Antoni Gaudí’s creative line drawings into solid bricks and mortar.

Gaudí’s drawings for the building resemble an elaborate sand drip castle — it’s no wonder his 30-storey cathedral, which will eventually be big enough for a congregation of fifteen thousand people, couldn’t be completed in his lifetime. The entire plans were in his head, and died with him.

Burry, who says that without question Gaudí was a genius, has been working on the building for twenty-five years. He visits Barcelona only four times a year, but oversees the construction full time from Melbourne via computer modelling.

And he has a deadline — in 1926 after Gaudí died, his successors predicted it would take ten years to finish the job. Now Burry has to have it done by 2007, in time for the 125th anniversary of the first stone being laid.

Share this Story
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Portland Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Sandstone Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Ghost / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Abby Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Butterscotch Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Columbia Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Linen Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Peach Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Retro / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Ashbury Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Mysterioso Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Parkside Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Passage Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Racer Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White Background / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Red Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Orange Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Yellow Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Green Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Blue Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black Background / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Red Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Orange Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Yellow Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Green Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Blue Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White Outline / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Red/White Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Orange/White Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Yellow/White Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Green/White Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Blue/White Geometric ...
Load More Related Articles
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Portland Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Sandstone Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Ghost / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Abby Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Butterscotch Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Columbia Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Linen Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Peach Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Retro / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Ashbury Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Mysterioso Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Parkside Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Passage Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Racer Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White Background / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Red Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Orange Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Yellow Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Green Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White/Blue Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black Background / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Red Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Orange Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Yellow Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Green Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Black/Blue Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: White Outline / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Red/White Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Orange/White Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Yellow/White Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Green/White Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Blue/White Geometric ...
Load More By Red Wolf
Load More In Design

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Photos from Flickr