Building of the Week | Sagrada Familia


Today's 'Building of the Week' is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The building is a Roman Catholic church, designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi. It was constructed in 1882 (131 years ago!) The Sagrada Familia is one of the most recognisable buildings in Barcelona and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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The building is a Modernisme style building, with it's highly recognisable spires, currently reaching 170 meters skywards. The construction of the building took a very long time with Gaudi only seeing 15 to 25 percent of it completed before he died in 1926. The building is still currently under construction with work due to finish in 2028! 

The Sagrada Familia shot to worldwide fame after the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, of which it received extra funding from visitors during this period. The Segrada Familia is designed on late Spanish Gothic architecture, Catalan Modernism and Art Nouveau (it has a architectural style of Modernisme). 

There are currently 8 spires on the Sagrada Familia with 18 planned in total. These 18 spires will represent the number of religious figures, with the tallest spire being Jesus Christ as well as other highly regarded Christian figures.  The Sagrada Familia will have 3 main Façade's, which have a cubism style, and will represent 3 important Christian events. 

Tom Marland
ArchitectWeekly Writer

Cite this article:
"Building of the Week | Sagrada Familia" 3/31/2013. ArchitectWeekly. Accessed .