Barcelona: Antoni Gaudi’s Palau Güell
The wealthy industrialist Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, who would become Gaudi’s main patron, commissioned the architect in 1885 to design his private residence, which would become known as Palau Güell. In addition to being a personal residence, Güell intended to use the property to show off his affluence through exhibitions, concerts and other events. The result of Güell’s wishes was a bold architectural project that used innovative building techniques and intricately detailed craftsmanship to create a residence that told the story of Güell’s own rise to fortune. The basement of the residence, where the stables are located is stark and austere, meant to reflect Güell’s humble beginnings. In moving through the property, the level of opulence grows, culminated in the elaborate, curved rooftop that features the palace’s iconic colored ceramic chimneys.
The palace was completed in 1890 and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
Metro L3, stop Liceu or Drassanes. | Bus 14, 59 and 91.