Architectural Creation Inspired by Nature
One cannot think about Barcelona without the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudí coming to mind. His creations, like the forest represented in the vast and technically astounding Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (left), can be found throughout the city, forming, with other fine contemporary works, a unique modernist paradise.
Smart buildings, social housing and urban planning
Catalan architecture has long been characterised by innovation, creativity, practicality and social and environmental consciousness. From the richest Romanesque heritage in the world, through the revolutionary Eixample district of Barcelona, to the hi-tech W Barcelona Hotel (right), Catalonia has an impressive architectural pedigree.
The Catalan Vault in New York
Many emblematic buildings in New York, such as the Grand Central Station and the Manhattan Municipal Building (below) were built using the Catalan Vault, a 14th Century technique adopted by architect Rafael Guastavino. Born in Valencia, Guastavino moved to Barcelona to study and later moved to New York with his son.
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