Designed by Antoni Gaudi between 1900 – 1914 at the request of Eusebi Güell, Park Guell is one of the finest architectural masterpieces in Barcelona. The UNESCO recognized world heritage site was constructed during Gaudí’s naturalist stage, which is characterized by the inspiration he drew from the organic forms of nature. Read on to find out about Gaudi’s vision for the park and how it unfolded.
Born in Barcelona in 1846 to an affluent family, Eusebi Güell was a keen traveler. He studied in Spain, England, and France before taking over his father’s businesses. A skilled entrepreneur, he was able to expand his family fortune with his forward-thinking ideas.
In 1878, Güell attended the World Fair in Paris. It was here that Güell encountered the architect Antoni Gaudí. They became friends over their similarities: both were devout Christians, who had an interest in architecture. As his businesses grew, Güell required the construction of new buildings and naturally reached out to Gaudi to create them.
Antoni Gaudi designed Park Guell in Barcelona.
Antoni Gaudi was a well-known architect and the face of Catalan modernism.
Park Guell was solely inspired by the English garden city movement.
The primary request was to build a home for families that would take advantage of the views and fresh air.
Park Güell is a privatized park composed of gardens and architectural elements.
Modernism is the architectural style of Park Guell.
A. In 1906, at the age of 54 Gaudi moved to a house designed by another Catalan architect, Francesc Berenguer inside Park Guell. This was his last official residence in Barcelona. He lived here for nearly twenty years until his death.