Park Guell - Barcelona, Spain
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
N 41° 24.809 E 002° 09.187
31T E 429222 N 4585005
Quick Description: Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and named after the Count Eusebi Güell. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Location: Cataluña, Spain
Date Posted: 11/18/2011 4:52:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMD4M4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi Güell, whom the park was named after. It was inspired by the English garden city movement; hence the original English name Park (in the Catalan language spoken in Catalonia where Barcelona is located, the word for "Park" is "Parc", and the name of the place is "Parc Güell" in its original language). The site was a rocky hill with little vegetation and few trees, called Muntanya Pelada (Bare Mountain). It already included a large country house called Larrard House or Muntaner de Dalt House, and was next to a neighborhood of upper class houses called La Salut (The Health). The intention was to exploit the fresh air (well away from smoky factories) and beautiful views from the site, with sixty triangular lots being provided for luxury houses. Count Eusebi Güell added to the prestige of the development by moving in 1906 to live in Larrard House. Ultimately, only two houses were built, neither designed by Gaudí. One was intended to be a show house, but on being completed in 1904 was put up for sale, and as no buyers came forward, Gaudí, at Güell's suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and his father in 1906. This house, where Gaudi lived from 1906 to 1926, was built by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. It contains original works by Gaudi and several of his collaborators. It is now the Gaudí Museum (Casa Museu Gaudí) since 1963. In 1969 it was declared a historical artistic monument of national interest.

The Book is about this popular work of Gaudi. The authors analyze the park's construction and landscape while addressing its social, ideological, and cultural background, in an "absorbing account of one of Gaudi's most popular creations.(from Amazon)
It was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1996
ISBN Number: 9781568980003

Author(s): Conrad Kent and Dennis Prindle

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