Gaudi’s work brought back to life in Barcelona

Demolished more than 70 years ago, a fountain designed by the world-renowned architect Antoni Gaudí (father of the Sagrada Familia) has been recreated. You can find it in the Museu Agbar de les Aigües (Water Museum) located in Cornellà de Llobregat outside Barcelona. Gaudi’s fountain reconstruction Barcelona

 

 

A bit of history

 

The original work used to be in the gardens of Casa Vicens, which was Gaudí’s first house project in Barcelona built between 1883 and 1885. Its purpose was to be an ornament but also as a cooling system that worked a precursor to the air conditioning.

The fountain existed for less than 60 years (1883-1941). Due to a new urban planning and expansion of Barcelona, the Vicens family – owner of the house – had to sell a plot of the land where the fountain was. This led to its destruction.

 

Gaudi's fountain reconstruction Barcelona

Photo from https://casavicens.org

 

The rebuilding process

 

Thankfully, an exact reproduction of the fountain exists now! A Gaudí specialist and architecture professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia named Josep Vicenc Gómez Serrano and its team of experts made this possible.

Old photographs and plans of Gaudí’s with the support of new technological techniques were needed to undertake the reconstruction. The creation of a digital reconstruction followed, which served as a plan. Because of the kind of material, the project was very complex; however, the works came to an end in only six months.

Being faithful to the construction process, the replica of the fountain respects Gaudí’s design and has the same materials. For the 10 meters high and 17 meters wide structure 27,000 handmade bricks and 3000 tiles were used held together by mortar. With a parabolic arch, the waterfall has an interior passage and two pillars at each end. The water falls from above and creates a natural curtain.

 


The purpose of this reconstruction was to show the link between water and Barcelona. And this is facilitated as it is enclosed in the Museu de les Aïgues facilities, which pumping station provides 50% of the water consumed in Barcelona and its metropolitan area.

 

Where to go?

 

Carretera de Sant Boi, 4, 6, 08940 Cornellà de Llobregat, Barcelona

 

How to get there?

 

From Plaza Catalunya, take the R4 or R1 train and stop at Cornellà station. Then walk 700 meters. It’ll take you about 25 minutes.
From Plaza España, take the R5, R6, S3, S4, S8 or L8 train and stop at Cornellà-Riera station. Then walk 800 meters. It’ll take you about 28 minutes.

 

Where to stay?

 

If you want to feel like at home away from home visit our website www.chicroombarcelona.com. We have various holiday properties blending comfort and luxury and located in the centre of Barcelona.

 

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