Welcome to Barcelona! You have undoubtedly heard about the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Batlló and the Pedrera. But let us help you discover other works of this genius, that you can also find in the Catalan capital but that are less crowded. Let us take you on an alternative Gaudi route, away from the famous “triangle”. But before that, book your Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation train tickets to ensure you arrive comfortably in Barcelona and are ready to follow us on this incredible journey.
Passeig de Gràcia tiles
Who would think that when you walk along Passeig de Gràcia, you are stepping on a work by Gaudí?
This time we will not ask you to look up at the buildings but to look down. Yes! Can you see the unusual hexagonal tiles? They were designed by Antoni Gaudí around 1904
and they became his most famous, non-architectural, work. Originally the tiles were intended to be installed at Casa Batlló but there was a production delay and they ended being placed in the service floors of the Pedrera. After that, they were used to pave Passeig de Gràcia
. Their innovation was not only because of their shape but also for their depictions, their monochromatic colour, and the fact that seven tiles were necessary to complete the marine theme picture.
If you have been to this park, you may wonder what Gaudí could have designed there. Let us give you a clue. He was a draftsman helping Joseph Fontserè i Mestres, in charge of the waterfall project. Built between 1875 and 1888, the hydraulic part of the waterfall was designed by Gaudi. On the upper part of the monument, there are also two embossed figures featuring lizards. It seems that Gaudí also participated in other parts of the project!
The Lamp Posts
The lamp posts were one of his first works in 1879, after graduating as an architect
These were one of his first works, just after graduating as an architect in 1879. The municipality chose to install two of them (with six arms) on Plaça Reial. Made of bronze and wrought iron look at the upper parts where you will see a representation of Mercure’s helmet and two snakes coiled around the main arm.
Gaudí also designed a model with only three arms, located in front of the Civil Government in Pla de Palau.
Built between 1898 and 1900, it is the first work he carried out in the Eixample neighbourhood. Gaudí did not care about the norms of the time and decided to build something higher than was then allowed. This building was divided into several rental flats. It was part of the architect’s naturalist period, being inspired by the forms of nature. He also designed the peephole as well as some of the furniture inside the house. Although today this house is private, it is worth having a look at the amazing façade.
The Bellesguard Tower (or Casa Figueras)
Built on the site on an old castle, Gaudí decided to keep some of the elements (walls, patio) and to give the building a medieval and gothic touch. When you arrive there, you will get the impression that it is still a castle, including the battlements. Inside, however, there is a different feeling and the white walls, and the light will leave you speechless. It is a stark contrast to the grey slate used outside.
The Miralles Portal
Exterior of Finca Miralles and the main entrance designed by Gaudí
Ordered by Hermenegild Miralles i Anglès in 1901, Gaudí was engaged to design the industrialist’s private residence. The building was finally planned by Doménec Sugranyes and Gaudí designed the main entrance and the perimeter wall
. What stands out is the waving wall, built with mortar stone, white trencadis (mosaic) and chicken wire.