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Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi

Architecture of Antoni Gaudi(1852-1926) is one of the precious peak that’s difficult to exceeded if we see the admirable accession in the history of architecture. But the works of Antoni Gaudi are doubles: it’s very difficult to classify them into certain categories. So that his works are often inflict controversy. Certainly, his works push us to re-define the really meaning of architecture, as well the man, world, and civilization.

The works of Gaudi are usually very amazing because its forms are very uneven. Guell park, Guell palace, casa Batllo, casa Mila are the flowed configurations, squirm in glorious colours and textures. They’re the carnival with lunacy of decoration: “The Architecture of Ecstasy”, where madness and smartness are very difficult to differentiated. Here, the exploration of space changes into the expressive and free motion. Every substances change them selves continuously into various metaphors. Instead, every entities are the metaphors in them selves. The works of Gaudi such as the composition of music that full of modulations. They’re the strange compositions between the supple construction of Gregorian music with the expressive/glorious dynamics and ornaments of Baroque’s. And La Sagrada Familia, is like the climax of all: the climax of imaginations.

Buildings of Gaudi are like the nature that incarnate itself: animal, rock, outgrowth that change them selves into things in the space. At La Sagrada Familia, that material construction disclaims itself and changes into spirit that try to seize The Author. Gaudi’s hand, imagination, and mind are like midwife/nurse: the helper of birth process.

It’s just impression on the works of Gaudi. When we intercept the expressive impression on his decoration, Gaudi has the ambigious attitude on decoration. In one side, he assumes ornamentation as the strategy to give the symbolic meaning, the system to impose the intrinsic qualities of material substances, to expose the character of design, to produce spiritual effect, and to accentuate the natural abruptness and innocence. This purpose are actualized by exposing the colours until polychromatic, unify the substances with different texture until give the frighten effects, and leave the abruptness still natural till give the exotic effect. The nature is his main inspiration.

In other side, he often refuses the priority on decoration or ornamentation. For Gaudi, the best design, style, structure don’t need the ornamentation. The base of Greec or arabian design or structure are the perfect examples that averse the decoration. Decoration, here, is just a dummy make-up for the structure. Collegio de santa Teresa de Jesus is the example for the strong construction without much ornamentation. The tricky ornamentation is the dull and expensive work. Decoration, for Gaudi, must help to expose the idea, function, and stucture strongly.
Published: 2007-03-01
Author: agustinus hartono

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Male, not married, fresh graduated in philosophy.I'm very interested in writing articles or books about philosophy or politic. On march of 2007, I publish my first book tittled "Skizoanalisis:Sebuah Genealogi Hasrat".In this book,i claim that the history based on ratio had produced an unconsciousness abnormality.Therefore,I invite you to live your life based on your desire to live the real life.nowadays,all of us can say that it's a new era of


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