God�s architect: Gaud�s ravishing symbiosis between built environment and natural world   From the towering Sagrada Fam�lia to the shimmering, textured facade of Casa Batll� and the enchanting landscape of Park G�ell, it�s easy to see why Antoni Gaud� (1852�1926) gained the epithet �God�s architect�. With fluid forms and mathematical precision, his work extols the wonder of natural creation: columns soar like tree trunks, window frames curve like flowering branches, and ceramic tiling shimmers like scaly, reptilian skin.With this outstanding attention to natural detail, his inspirations from both neo-Gothic and Orientalist aesthetics, and a lifelong commitment to Catalan identity, Gaud� created a unique brand of the Modernista movement which transformed, and defines, Barcelona�s cityscape.With seven of Gaud�s projects listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this book introduces the architect�s extraordinary vision and unique legacy, exploring the influences and the details which allow his buildings to impress, inspire, and amaze, one century after their construction.   About the Series:Each book in TASCHEN�s Basic Architecture Series features: an introduction to the life and work of the architect the major works in chronological order information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)


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    Maria Antonietta Crippa
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