Antoni Gaudí Arches Photos

Antoni Gaudí, renowned architect of Barcelona, pioneered the use of parabolic arches in his designs. In cases like the Casa Milà attic, virtually every arch support was different. Gaudi engineered his arches upside-down by hanging strings to see the most energy efficient shape. Through such work, Gaudi was able to build Gothic structures without the need for flying buttresses. Because Gaudi worked with several tradesmen and craftsmen, it is difficult to say how much of each design is due to him, but it is fair to say he inspired the works. These original images by Jim Steinhart are arranged chronologically to help understand the evolution of Gaudi's thinking.

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Noted parabolic doorways of Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Decoration of bird atop crown atop spiral pole between entrance doors at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Window separating horse stables from entrance hall at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Parabolic arches of windows in rear hall at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.
Noted parabolic doorways of Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Decoration of bird atop crown atop spiral pole between entrance doors at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Window separating horse stables from entrance hall at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Parabolic arches of windows in rear hall at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.
Parabolic arches of windows in rear hall at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Parabolic arches in intimates hall at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Master bedroom on third floor at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Master bedroom on third floor at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.
Parabolic arches of windows in rear hall at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Parabolic arches in intimates hall at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Master bedroom on third floor at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Master bedroom on third floor at Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.
Pillars & arches of horse stables under Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Horse stables with spiral ramp under Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Episcopal Palace of Astorga. Astorga, Spain.Portal of Episcopal Palace of Astorga by Gaudi. Astorga, Spain.
Pillars & arches of horse stables under Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Horse stables with spiral ramp under Palau Güell. Barcelona, Spain.Episcopal Palace of Astorga (1887-93). Astorga, Spain. Architect: Antoni Gaudí.Portal of Episcopal Palace of Astorga by Gaudi. Astorga, Spain.
Passion facade of Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Lights in columns in Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Sunshine streams through columns in Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Gaudí's vision of a Gothic cathedral at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.
Passion facade of Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Lights in columns in Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Sunshine streams through columns in Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Gaudí's vision of a Gothic cathedral at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.
Workshop at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Working model in workshop at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Section of working model in workshop at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Hanging structural model for design of Colònia Güell by Antoni Gaudí at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.
Workshop at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Working model in workshop at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Section of working model in workshop at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Hanging structural model for design of Colònia Güell (1889-1908) by Antoni Gaudí at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.
Model for one facade of Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Models for details at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Model for window of central nave by Antoni Gaudí at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Model for Sacristy by Antoni Gaudí at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.
Model for one facade of Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Models for details at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Model for window of central nave (restored) by Antoni Gaudí at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Model for Sacristy (reproduction) by Antoni Gaudí at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.
Model of the facade of the Passion Portico at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Attic catenary arches which support roof terrace above at Casa Milà. Barcelona, Spain.Brick catenary arches at Casa Milà. Barcelona, Spain.Brick catenary arches designed by Antoni Gaudí at Casa Milà. Barcelona, Spain.
Model of the facade of the Passion Portico at Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Spain.Attic catenary arches which support roof terrace above at Casa Milà. Barcelona, Spain.Brick catenary arches (no two of which are alike) at Casa Milà. Barcelona, Spain.Brick catenary arches designed by Antoni Gaudí at Casa Milà. Barcelona, Spain.
Model of attic arch layout at Casa Milà. Barcelona, Spain.


Model of attic arch layout at Casa Milà. Barcelona, Spain.



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