AD Classics: Colònia Güell / Antoni Gaudí

Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig

Colònia Güell was a workers’ colony located in , presently a town of around 7,000 inhabitants 20km outside Barcelona. The area was a manufacturing suburb that grew rapidly around the turn of the 20th century. In 1898, Antoni Gaudi was commissioned by Count Eusebi de Güell, who wanted to provide a place of worship for the booming suburb, to build a Church. It was never actually completed because the money ran out as a result of economic hardships. When work stopped in 1915, only the crypt was completed, though it is nevertheless listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. In 2002, a restoration was carried out by architect Antonio González Moreno who was widely criticized for allegedly mistreating Gaudi’s work.

Two Semi-detached Houses In Barcelona / CAVAA Arquitectes

© Filippo Poli

Architects: CAVAA Arquitectes / Jordi Calbetó, Oriol Vañó
Location: Santa Coloma de Cervelló, Barcelona,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 390 sqm
Photographs: Filippo Poli