Torre Calatrava (Architect: Santiago Calatrava)
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Architects: Eugenio Cendoya and Enric Catà)
Sagrada Família (Architect: Antoni Gaudí)
Torre de Collserola (Architect: Sir Norman Foster)
Monumento a Colón (Sculptor: Rafael Atché)
Hotel Arts (Architecture firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)
Torre Mapfre (Architects: Iñigo Ortiz and Enrique de Leónl)
Tied for tallest buildings in Barcelona
Casa Milà (Architect: Antoni Gaudí)
Torre Agbar (Architect: Jean Nouvel)
BBC is doing a new TV series called Human Planet. Photographer Timothy Allen followed the filmmakers on their journeys around the world, and captured the stunning images below. To see more photographs visit BBC’s site here.
Beautiful pavers designed by Gaudi line the streets of Barcelona and inspired our Modernisme Ruffle Dress.
How many famous buildings can you name from our Barcelona graphic?
Bonus points if you can name the architects.
The first participant to answer all of the buildings correctly will win a Barcelona graphic tee! Post your answer in the comment section to be eligible. The winner will be selected on Monday, so start guessing now!
Hint: At least two are from well-known architect we’ve been talking about all week.
Check back Monday for the answers.
Tea’s El Arquitecto Tee
How cool is this? Antoni Gaudí used an innovative method of hanging weights on strings to figure out the arches for his design of Sagrada Família. This ingenuity inspired our El Arquitecto Tee. Check out those arches.
We even got the writing from a real-life architect – Matt Hutchinson. Who also happens to be married to our VP of design, Laura Boes. Check out the Gaudi-like chain sculpture we made during our photo shoot. It can be seen on page 17 of our Spring catalog. You can view it here in the catalog section of our website.
(Tea’s Construction Graphic Tee)
Sagrada Família is a Roman Catholic church being built in Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by famous Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudí. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and when it’s finished being built it will be the tallest church in the world.
Sagrada Família has been under construction for over 120 years; many people from Catalonia don’t believe it will ever be finished. It made me curious if it was the world’s longest construction project. I did some research and Sagrada Família didn’t make the list – probably because it’s not actually finished yet. If it’s completed by its expected date of 2026, it would have taken 144 years to complete putting it in 7th place. Originally it was expected to take much longer, up to 400 years, but with the advances in technology have greatly improved the construction process.
It always amazes me that they could build all these beautiful ridiculous buildings without our modern technology.
Here’s the top ten longest construction projects:
10. The Coliseum in Rome, Italy (10 years)
9. Parthenon in Athenia Acropolis, Greece (17 years)
8. The Great Pyrimid of Giza in Giza Necropolis, Egypt (20 years)
7. Sacayhuamán near Cusco, Peru (63 years)
6. York Minster Cathedral, York, England (252 years)
5. Chichen Itza in Yucatán, Mexico (400 years)
4. Angkor Wat in Angkor Cambodia (418 years)
3. Petra in Ma’an Governorate, Jordan (850 years)
2. Stonehendge in Wiltshire, England (1600 years)
1. The Great Wall of China on China’s norther boarder (2000 year)
The beautiful tile mosaics in Parc Güell inspired four of our favorite girl’s styles: (clockwise) Mariposa Top, Perico Mosaic Top, Guell Tile Dress, Guell Tile Top
Other posts on Parc Güell:
Gaudi’s Dragon Fountain
Wild Parrots of San Francisco & Barcelona