Nature is the model
This fusion of architecture and nature can be best appreciated in the Parc Güell, a colorful combination that features a witches’ cottage, a serpentine bench, water-spouting reptiles and a maze-like covered market. He built and designed all of this under the condition that not a single tree be felled during construction.
Yet the fascination that his works elicit today was not shared by many of his more conservative contemporaries. For example, he was not allowed to continue with the renovations he had planned for the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca because he was accused of not respecting the original style. While overseeing the construction of none other than his world-famous Casa Milá, the architect was often opposed by the municipal authorities for not following their specified dimensions.
Nowadays, most art critics and historians agree that the large apartment house built between 1906 and 1910 is his best finished masterpiece. Giant, parabolic arches spring from the floor, only to continue in the façade as stony waves until they fuse majestically in the rooftops, where chimney structures twist into enormous fantastic shapes pointing towards the sky. It almost seems that the building grew from the interior to the exterior – an impression that is strengthened when one looks at the unforgettable and bizarre interior, with its serpentine corridors, crooked hallways, undulated ceilings and bent rooms. The furniture accentuates the impression. Wardrobes made from kneaded wood are nestled against the wavy walls and even the chairs don’t need right angles here.
A clear view thanks to ”Amiran”